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The City of Peoria, Illinois

The City of Peoria, Illinois

The City of Peoria offers you big city amenities and entertainment with the feeling of a small town setting. The city is located in the heart of Illinois, about halfway between the major urban metro conglomerates of Chicago and St. Louis. Peoria is beautifully nestled on the banks of the Illinois River and boasts a vibrant riverfront area where many festivals and concerts take place. This is also the spot for some fine dining, grab a bite when you feel like, or stroll…

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Peoria Civic Center

Peoria Civic Center

Peoria Civic Center, with its centerpiece the Carver Arena, is the city’s top-notch sporting venue that is home to Peoria’s best sports teams,  the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team, Bradley Braves Basketball Team in Carver Arena, and the Civic Center is also host to March Madness, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys’ Basketball tournament that’s organized here for the 23rd time. Peoria’s sports teams never fail to demonstrate athleticism and enthusiasm to their great and loyal fans, and they sure know how to motivate them, so when…

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Illinois Facts

Illinois Facts

Illinois ranks 24th in size in the US covering a total land area of 56,345 sq miles (145,934 sq kms), of which the land mass comprises 55,645 sq miles (144,120 sq kms) and inland water mass 700 sq miles (1,814 sq kms). Learn more about Illinois in this interesting US Geography about Illinois: Situated in the eastern north-central US, Illinois has a boundary on the North with Wisconsin; on the East with Lake Michigan and Indiana; on the South East…

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Peoria Irish Fest

Peoria Irish Fest

Everybody can be Irish if they want at Peoria Irish Fest. Peoria Irish Fest: August 24-25-26, 2018 The Irish Communities of Peoria and surrounding areas will come together again for one of America’s largest Irish festivals, and certainly the most important one in the Midwest. Formerly named Erin Feis, Peoria’s Irish Fest is featuring Irish music and food, cultural displays, the finest shopping, and the best entertainment on no less than five stages, and athletes from Irish descent will be competing in…

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What To Visit In Peoria

What To Visit In Peoria

The historic city of Peoria is located on the beautiful Illinois River. The city is offering quite a few unique museums and attractions, and there are many interesting activities. You can explore Peoria’s Caterpillar Visitor Center, pay a visit to the city’s Riverfront Museum, take a stroll through the beautiful Luthy Botanical Garden that includes a beautiful and one-of-a-kind conservatory that’s full of tropical plants and orchids. Family attractions include the Peoria Zoo, the Forest Park Nature Center, and the marvelous PlayHouse Children’s…

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The rich history of Abraham Lincoln’s hometown

The rich history of Abraham Lincoln’s hometown

Are you a history buff and fan of our 16th president? If so, then you’ll love diving into the rich history Abraham Lincoln’s hometown has to offer! The state’s capital, Springfield, is home to more Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation. Explore everything from Abe’s house to his outstanding presidential museum with these three must-see suggestions! Lincoln Home National Historic Site Start the historic journey by traveling back in time to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The intimate tour gives visitors…

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IHSA March Madness in Peoria

IHSA March Madness in Peoria

For the 23rd year, Peoria hosts IHSA March Madness! The March Madness Experience is a family-centered extravaganza of basketball, interactive games, good times, historical exhibits, and- most importantly- a lot of fun! The city of Peoria has hosted the event since 1996 so this year will be the 23rd time that the city can proudly accommodate the event and the tens of thousands that will enjoy this fantastic sports-related manifestation. March Madness has for all those years been an integral part of…

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Exploring Illinois’ Amish Country

Exploring Illinois’ Amish Country

If you’re seeking a unique cultural experience in Illinois, Rockome Gardens, located in Arcola in the state’s Amish countryside, is a great destination to explore! Rockome offers an Amish country tour, guiding visitors through a variety of destinations in the area – a truly authentic Amish experience. One stop on the tour is the Illinois Amish Museum, which takes tourists through a number of exhibits that tells stories of the Amish people and the history of the Amish settlement from its start in…

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Bradley University Braves Basketball

Bradley University Braves Basketball

The Peoria Civic Center is also home to Bradley University’s Men’s Basketball team that plays its home games at the Carver Arena, the centerpiece of the Civic Center. Check out this 2016 video of Bradley’s Braves: In 1902, Bradley University, a mid-sized, top-ranked, private university, introduced basketball. Initially, the Bradley team played its home games in downtown Peoria, at the YMCA sports center. Through the years, the Bradley Braves Basketball Team moved twice (reasons of spirituality?) to play their home games…

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Starved Rock State Park – Great Outdoor adventures

Starved Rock State Park – Great Outdoor adventures

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois, just about an hour and a half drive northeast of Peoria. Winter offers a whole new world of opportunities at Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park. For those who love the peaceful wintry scenery, venturing to Starved Rock in the winter provides an entirely different experience than other times of the year. Maybe you’ll spy a view otherwise obstructed by trees full of leaves in the…

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Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team

Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team

The Peoria Rivermen Hockey team is based in Peoria and the team has played in the Southern Professional Hockey League (Minor Professional hockey) since 2013. The Rivermen’s home base is the Carver Arena in the Peoria Civic Center. This is actually the third franchise that uses the name “Peoria Rivermen” as they started off in October 2005. it is, in fact, the oldest hockey franchise extant in the minor league previously playing under the names the Springfield Indians and the Worcester IceCatsand….

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