Peoria’s maker movement has industry experts and amateur tinkerers alike exploring the new age of manufacturing.

Central Illinois Perspective
A Day in the Life of a Cat Engine
Behind the scenes of the world-class foundry in Mapleton… 
Made in the Region - A Snapshot
From modular homes and heavy equipment simulators to metal tools and food items, a wide range of products are being manufactured in the heart of the Midwest.
Galesburg After Maytag - A Decade Later
A new book traces the aftermath of the Maytag factory closing in Galesburg.
If These Walls Could Talk
The Warehouse District’s historic designation opens up new tax credits for building owners to preserve Peoria’s past.
Political Solutions for Political Problems
To regain the title of “Whiskey Capital of the World” would require the end of Prohibition.
Vice President, Kitchen Cooked, Inc
Kitchen Cooked has been making quality snacks since the Great Depression, when founder Flossie Howard made potato chips by hand in small, cast-iron kettles in her basement. 
Long after French explorers first traveled up the Illinois River, the town of Peoria was officially established in 1835.

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Shots from the Skies

Drones bring new heights—and hubbub—for photographers and videographers.

Local Legends
Custom Transport - A Tale of Two Cousins
From custom sneakers to car culture, the distinctive artwork of Justin Fenwick and Darius Donaldson…
Aesthetics and the Neighborhood Canvas
New public murals are bringing vibrancy to their neighborhoods and enriching the community.
The Latitude of Self Expression
Whisper & Shout brings spoken word and poetry to the CAC.
Introducing… Sculpture Walk Peoria
More than 50 communities across the United States have a formal sculpture walk. Together with the public art already in place along the riverfront and downtown, the redevelopment of the Warehouse District has become a compelling reason for this idea to take hold here in Peoria.
The Hunt for Fleeting Facts
The pursuit of trivial knowledge is no passing fad.
What do you want to learn next? Letterpress? Glass blowing? Ceramics? Painting? Metalworking? 
A new biography—the most thoroughly researched Pryor biography to date—and companion website shine a light on his life and times.