What started with a single restaurant in 1956 has grown into a many-layered shopping-and-dining experience.

Peoria Progress V2 2016

Sparing the Landfill
Having brought a personal touch to area recycling since 1990, Midwest Fiber shows no sign of slowing down.
Salvaging Peoria's Past
Two area companies are preserving the past at an affordable cost—and rescuing local architectural history in the process.
50 Years Avanti!
After a half century in business, this Swiss immigrant has never lost his entrepreneurial spirit.
The One-Stop Home Shop
At Studio 29, six local businesses have come together to help you design or update your home.
A Fresh Start for Pekin’s Sweetest Landmark
Maurie’s Fine Candies keeps pace with the times while standing firm on tradition.
Vision for Life
Bard Optical observes a milestone anniversary with a yearlong program and a sustained focus on community.
Our region needs a destination hub where today’s workforce can prototype new ideas and share knowledge with the next generation.
A new economic development organization seeks to drive business growth in Illinois.
The foundation of Brave Launch is evidence-based entrepreneurship, agile development and real-world insight.

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A new kind of folk art aids one couple’s butterfly conservation efforts.

Central Illinois Perspective
A Cabinet of Curiosities
How one couple’s collection beckons us to appreciate our common humanity...
Grandview Hotel Poets - Travelers Through Life
A group of local writers come together to stir up the poetic spirit and share an affection for their community.
An Unconventional Canvas
A Peoria artist transforms dried gourds into intricate masterpieces.
Her World Became Peoria
Reflections on Lydia Moss Bradley’s remarkable life as a pioneer, businesswoman, farmer and philanthropist
From a very young age, Barb Milaccio has had a passion for art.
From artist talks and exhibitions to concerts and festivals, there's a lot to do in central Illinois this autumn!
The Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s music director cooks up another season.