2018 Best of Peoria

Best of Peoria

Introducing the third annual Best of Peoria: a list of the people, places and things that make Greater Peoria the best place to live, work and play… according to you! We know you know why you love where you live. So tell us! Together, let’s celebrate what makes our region great.

Who are your favorites? Nominations for 2018 are now being accepted!

Nominees must be located in our eight-county region: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Stark, Logan, Fulton or Mason counties. (You do not have to vote in every category... select only the ones are meaningful to you!)

  • Nominations in 30 categories are being accepted from 2/1 to 3/15.
  • VOTE for your favorites from 4/16 to 6/1. (Share to drum up votes with the #BestOfPeoria hashtag on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
  • WINNERS will be revealed in mid-July.
  • QUESTIONS? Email us at BOP@peoriamagazines.com.

Arts & Culture

  • Best Gallery/Studio
  • Best Visual Artist
  • Best Performing Artist
  • Best Theater Production
  • Best Public Art Display
  • Best Cultural Attraction

Food & Drink

  • Best Value
  • Best Dinner Date
  • Best International Cuisine
  • Best Happy Hour
  • Best Drink in Town
  • Best Work Lunch


  • Best Entrepreneur
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Company for Young Professionals
  • Best Social Media Presence
  • Best Small Business
  • Best Workplace


  • Best Race/Run
  • Best Festival
  • Best Alternative Workout
  • Best Pet-Friendly Place
  • Best Place for Family Fun
  • Best Golf Course

Community Life

  • Best Fundraising Event
  • Best Hidden Gem
  • Best Social Butterfly
  • Best Community Supporter
  • Best Photo Op
  • Best School

Check out the winners of the 2017 Best of Peoria competition