Best of Peoria

Best of Peoria

Introducing the fourth 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! Tell us why you love where you live, and let's celebrate what makes our region great.

Voting for the 2019 Best of Peoria competition is now closed. The winners will be revealed in a special issue of Peoria Progress this summer.

Note: These selections are the result of a public nomination process held earlier this year. The resulting list reflects the top three nominees for each category.


Best of Peoria

  • Nominations in 24 categories accepted from 3/18 to 4/19.
  • VOTE for your favorites from 5/1 to 5/31. (Use the #BestOfPeoria hashtag on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!)
  • WINNERS will be revealed in late July.
  • QUESTIONS? Email us at

Arts & Culture

  • Best Arts Venue
  • Best New/Emerging Artist
  • Best Live Performer
  • Best Theater Production
  • Best Public Art Display
  • Best Cultural Attraction

Food & Drink

  • Best Brew Pub
  • Best Dinner Date
  • Best International Cuisine
  • Best Cocktail
  • Best Outdoor Patio
  • Best Work Lunch


  • Best Startup
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Company for Innovation
  • Best Web Presence
  • Best Small Business
  • Best Product/Service

Community Life

  • Best Community Event
  • Best Hidden Gem
  • Best Place to Work Out
  • Best Community Supporter
  • Best Place for Family Fun
  • Best Sports Venue

Check out the winners of the 2018, 2017 and 2016 Best of Peoria competitions.