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While there’s not a lot of trouble in “River City,” there is great natural beauty. The city of Peoria hugs the Illinois River, the brilliant lights of downtown creating a dazzling display across the water’s surface every evening. Peoria is filled with beautiful architecture, much of it historic. The city is the oldest European settlement in the state, settled in 1680 by French explorers.
Peoria was home of Richard Whiting, a legendary songwriter who penned such classics as “Till We Meet Again” in 1918, “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” made famous by Shirley Temple in 1934, and “Hooray for Hollywood,” first featured in the 1937 movie, Hollywood Hotel.
Music plays a big part in Peoria’s history and the city’s culture. In addition to many famous singers and songwriters, Peoria is home to the nation’s 10th oldest orchestra and the fourth oldest community theater – the Peoria Players. During the 1920s, Peoria played such an important role in Vaudeville, the catch-phrase, “Will it play in Peoria?” entered the American syntax. After a Vaudeville show was produced, it was immediately booked in Peoria as a “test” to see if the audience approved. If it didn’t “play in Peoria,” the production was rewritten, recast, or canceled. The phrase is still used today when discussing whether an idea or thought will catch on with typical Americans.
If you’re ready to “play in Peoria” (and work, as well!), you’re in good company – Peoria is home to roughly 118,000. Life on the prairie is good – Peoria is home to Caterpillar Inc., as well as Archer Daniels Midland, Bergner’s, Maui Jim, and the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. Find your apartment in Peoria today and start enjoying this all-American “River City.”
Things to Do in Peoria:
As America’s heartland, parts of Peoria are like a step back in time – just take a paddle-wheel steamboat ride on the Spirit of Peoria down the Illinois River and experience life at a slower pace. Or travel along scenic Grand View Drive and see the bluffs, unchanged for centuries. This two-and-a-half mile drive was described by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 as “the world’s most beautiful drive.” Stroll the city streets and marvel at the spectacular historic architecture, much of it dating back to the 1840s.
The Peoria Riverfront is the city’s favorite gathering place. While looking at apartments in Peoria, be sure to stop and check out what’s happening along the river – there could be a live concert, a farmer’s market, a festival, or an art show. This is also a great location for enjoying a sidewalk café, a terrific restaurant, one of the many shops and boutiques, and exciting attractions. The Riverfront contains the Contemporary Art Center, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Constitution Gardens, and the James W. Baldwin Riverfront Festival Park – where many activities and events are held. The Riverfront Market is held every Saturday morning from June through December. This farmer’s market contains fresh, local produce, eggs, meats, berries, and breads. It also offers pottery, jewelry, blown glass, candles, and other art in addition to vendors and live entertainment.
The Peoria Zoo is part of the Peoria Park District and is home to more than 100 animal species from around the world. Wildlife Prairie State Park is located just outside of Peoria. It is a 2,000-acre park with 50 species native to the state, including bison, black bears, elk, cougar, wolves, and otter. This natural landscape is ideal for hiking, biking, and fishing.
If you prefer fun that’s more of the in-town variety, the Peoria Civic Center hosts fantastic Broadway shows, exhibitions, concerts, and more. The Peoria Civic Center houses a theater, an arena, meeting rooms, and exhibit halls.
The Heart of Illinois Fair is a terrific annual event featuring rides, concessions, livestock competitions, concerts, and more. The fair has taken place in Peoria since 1949. Peoria is also home to the Peoria Art Fair, hosted by the Peoria Art Guild, one of the top art fairs in the country.
Outdoor activities are popular year-round, taking advantage of Peoria’s distinct seasons. Peoria has 9,000 acres of parks, including five public golf courses and the Peoria Zoo. The award-winning Peoria Park District is the oldest and largest park district in Illinois.
What to Consider When Moving to Peoria:
Peoria is the halfway point between Chicago and St. Louis. It has a strong, diverse economy and serves as the headquarters of many major companies. Industry in Peoria includes commerce, manufacturing, technology, and agriculture. Peoria is home to several colleges and universities, including the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Bradley University, and Illinois Central College.
When looking for your new Peoria apartment, be aware of the many historic districts in the city. The West Bluff Historic District features two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Most of the houses were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s.The North Side Historic District contains 213 historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Peoria Heights is a village located along Peoria Lake and surrounded by the city. The village contains Grand View Drive, a historic and beautiful drive with several panoramic look-outs over the river. The village also contains the Forest Park Nature Center, which has several miles of hiking trails, sports fields, a playground, and picnic areas.
Downtown Peoria contains a terrific blend of theaters, Dozer Park (home of the Minor League Baseball Peoria Chiefs), art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and antique stores. Downtown Peoria contains several historical warehouses converted into lofts, many along the river. The downtown area also contains high-rise apartment buildings and condominiums, so be sure to look downtown when searching for Peoria apartments.
Why Peoria Apartments Are Hot:
From the Peoria Riverfront to the Block, there’s always something happening in” River City!” Peoria is award-winning, being named an All-America City four times. It is also considered a great place for business and careers, was named one of the “Best Places to Live” in 2005, one of the next “Great Adventure Towns” by National Geographic in 2008, and one of the best mid-sized cities by CNN Money in 2009.
As the oldest city in Illinois, Peoria has some beautiful architecture, including the John C. Flanagan House Museum, constructed in 1837; the Pere Marquette Hotel, built in 1926; and the Rock Island Depot and Freight House, built in 1899. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church, built in 1856, is the oldest standing church in Peoria. The landmark Peoria City Hall was built in 1897.
Living in Peoria, there’s always something exciting happening, from festivals and events to terrific plays and concerts. Visit the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center, the Detweiller Marina, and Owens Recreation Center. Live in America’s heartland – rent your next apartment in Peoria!
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- St Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
- Illinois Central College
- Midstate College
- Bradley University
- Eureka College
- The shops, restaurants, farmer’s market, and entertainment on the Peoria Riverfront.
- Over 20 parks, five public golf courses, and the beautiful Riverplex Recreation Center.
- The Heart of Illinois Fair, an annual event with rides, food, entertainment, and competitions.
- A vibrant performing arts community that includes the symphony, ballet, and theater groups.
- It’s the oldest community in Illinois with historic locations, such as beautiful Grandview Drive.
- The University of Illinois College of Medicine and many healthcare industry headquarters.