PeoriaMagazines.com - Greater Peoria's resource for business, community, lifestyle and art https://www.peoriamagazines.com/rss.xml en Peoria Prowlers Home Opener https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ci/calendar/2019-06-29/peoria-prowlers-home-opener <span>Peoria Prowlers Home Opener</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-06-29T12:00:00Z">June 29, 2019</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/18/2019 - 08:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Peoria Prowlers Roller Derby</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Peoria Civic Center</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1046009878917956/">https://www.facebook.com/events/1046009878917956/</a></p> </div> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14065/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:00:13 +0000 epotts 14065 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Claire Berry https://www.peoriamagazines.com/team/claire <span>Claire Berry</span> <div class="field field--name-field-employee-photo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Photo</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/employees/Claire%20Berry%20copy.JPG" width="250" height="288" alt="Claire Berry" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Marketing Intern</div> <div class="field field--name-field-email-address field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">cberry@peoriamagazines.com</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Claire, a central Illinois native, is a junior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in marketing with a minor in psychology. She maintains a position on the public relations committee for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, working on social media for the chapter. In her free time, she enjoys photography, eventing her horse Finnegan, and spending time with friends and family—which, of course, includes her dog, Barclay.</p> </div> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14064/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:49:55 +0000 epotts 14064 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Ronald McDonald House Charitites of Central Illinois Art Gala https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ci/calendar/2019-11-02/ronald-mcdonald-house-charitites-central-illinois-art-gala <span>Ronald McDonald House Charitites of Central Illinois Art Gala</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-11-02T12:00:00Z">November 2, 2019</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Ronald McDonald House</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Scottish Rite Cathedral</p> <p><a href="https://rmhc-centralillinois.org/">https://rmhc-centralillinois.org/</a></p> </div> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14063/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:23:43 +0000 epotts 14063 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Pawject Runway https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ci/calendar/2019-10-24/pawject-runway <span>Pawject Runway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-10-24T12:00:00Z">October 24, 2019</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Pets for Seniors</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Pets for Seniors</p> <p><a href="http://petsforseniors.org/">http://petsforseniors.org/</a></p> </div> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14062/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:17:02 +0000 epotts 14062 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Celebrating Illinois Makers https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2019/06/13/celebrating-illinois-makers <span>Celebrating Illinois Makers</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/toraasonglass_0.jpg" width="851" height="477" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:27</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em><span class="blog-words"><span>Above: Hiram Toraason bought and renovated a 1930s machine shop, transforming it into the Toraason Glass studio.</span></span></em></p> <p>It was the artisans, inventors, farmers and makers who first built the communities of Illinois—and they continue to shape our culture and make a positive impact on the local economy. Right here in central Illinois, we have our fair share of makers who contribute to a thriving economy and a vibrant visitor experience.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/illinois-made/">Illinois Made</a> program celebrates those makers and inspires visitors and fellow Illinoisans to discover unique experiences throughout the state. To be considered, makers must exemplify what it means to be a local artisan and offer a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found in the cities, towns and communities of Illinois. They must have a storefront or studio that is open to the public, and all crafts, products and wares must be produced in Illinois, with materials and/or expertise sourced from other local businesses.</p> <p>Peoria makers on the Illinois Made list include: <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/obed-and-isaacs-microbrewery-and-eatery-peoria" title="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/obed-and-isaacs-microbrewery-and-eatery-peoria">Obed &amp; Isaacs Microbrewery and Eatery</a>, <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/travel-illinois/thirty-thirty-coffee-co/">thirty-thirty Coffee Co.</a>, <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/tanners-orchard">Tanners Orchard</a>, <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/travel-illinois/toraason-glass/">Toraason Glass</a> and <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/whiskey-city-architectural-salvage" title="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/whiskey-city-architectural-salvage">Whiskey City Architectural Salvage</a><em>. </em></p> <p><em>Peoria Magazine</em> interviewed Jan Kemmerling, acting director of the <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/">Illinois Office of Tourism</a>, about how to qualify for the program and why it’s important for our state and local economies.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Obed &amp; Isaacs" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d03ef0e2-4ff1-4574-b8d0-bebec0bb1a6d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/obed-and-isaacs-beers%20small%20copy.jpg" /> <figcaption>Obed &amp; Isaac's features an ever-changing menu of handcrafted beers.</figcaption> </figure> <p><strong>What is the Illinois Made program and how has it evolved?</strong><br /> Launched in 2016, Illinois Made spotlights the people, products and authentic experiences you can have in Illinois and inspires travelers to explore destinations across the state. There are currently more than 145 makers in the program.</p> <p><strong>Why is this program important to state tourism efforts?</strong><br /> The Illinois Made program promotes authentic travel experiences throughout the state. By expanding this successful program, the Illinois Office of Tourism is encouraging visitors to discover more hidden gems and travel to places off the beaten path. Not only does the program boost visitor spending and tax revenue for our communities, but it also builds awareness of everything Illinois has to offer.</p> <p><strong>How often do you allow participants to join the program?</strong><br /> Submissions come in through our website,<em> </em><a href="http://www.enjoyillinois.com/illinoismade"><em>EnjoyIllinois.com</em> </a>on a rolling basis year-round, but we typically announce a new class every six months, give or take.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Mackinaw Valley Vineyard" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fdbae00c-8b70-4974-a242-eebdb6231aa4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/mackinaw-valley-winery.jpg" /> <figcaption>Mackinaw Valley Vineyard has more than 20 wines available to sample at their beautiful, 86-acre property.</figcaption> </figure> <p><strong>What is it about Peoria makers, specifically, that stands out?</strong><br /> All of our makers have a deep connection to Illinois, and our makers in Peoria are no exception. Peoria in particular has a thriving art scene and rich history as the largest city on the Illinois River. The makers here have a unique story—whether it’s being inspired to start their own business while working at a local coffee shop or while taking an elective class at Southern Illinois University. But we’ll let the stories tell themselves.</p> <p><strong>Can you cite some other prominent Illinois makers who stand out to you?</strong><br /> One new Illinois Made maker is Chicago artist <a href="http://www.heyitsmatthew.com/about">Matthew Hoffman</a>, known for “<a href="https://you-are-beautiful.com/">You Are Beautiful</a>,” a global project that aims to better the world in little ways. His public art displays featuring positive messages have been exhibited around the world, with nearly 30 currently featured in the Chicagoland area, including the new Illinois Office of Tourism <a href="https://media.enjoyillinois.com/press-releases/illinois-office-of-tourism-reveals-new-amazingforall-lgbtq-art-installation-at-northalsted-market-days/">#AmazingForAll </a>art installation in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. In 2018, Matthew opened the first flagship store and gallery, You Are Beautiful Headquarters (YAB HQ) in Chicago. The retail store is open to the public daily, along with tours and workshops in the studio. <strong>PS</strong></p> <p><em>Know a Peoria maker who may qualify for this program? Nominate your favorite <a href="https://www.enjoyillinois.com/illinois-made/illinois-made-criteria/">here</a>. </em></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Whiskey City Architectural Salvage" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="63158852-2064-4639-8e74-e81b204abfbd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/whiskeycitysalvage.jpg" /> <figcaption>Whiskey City Architectural Salvage reuses and adapts salvage materials to create unique, one-of-a-kind items.</figcaption> </figure> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Tanners Orchard" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0cccce75-20cc-43a3-b547-c73a599cb4dc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/tanners-orchard.jpg" /> <figcaption>Tanners Orchard is a Peoria area staple, featuring apple orchards, a market, family entertainment and much more.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14061&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="kjXlhEoLQ4X6qNNWETHClqwbTH1QXxW9gTNHv0pcjMw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14061/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:27:18 +0000 epotts 14061 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2019/06/13/celebrating-illinois-makers#comments Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ci/calendar/2019-07-26/summer-harvest-antique-tractor-equipment-show <span>Summer Harvest Antique Tractor &amp; Equipment Show</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-07-26T12:00:00Z">July 26, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-07-27T12:00:00Z">July 27, 2019</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:05</span> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Princeville Heritage Museum</p> <p><a href="https://princevilleheritagemuseum.com/">princevilleheritagemuseum.com</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14060/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 21:05:20 +0000 epotts 14060 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Starting a Small Business in Illinois https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ci/calendar/2019-08-29/starting-small-business-illinois <span>Starting a Small Business in Illinois</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-08-29T12:00:00Z">August 29, 2019</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3194" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">epotts</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Turner Center for Entrepreneurship</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Fondulac Bank</p> <p>https://www.bradley.edu/turnercenter</p> </div> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14059/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:12:21 +0000 epotts 14059 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Preserved for the Community https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/jun/preserved-community <span>Preserved for the Community</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ratkinson</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">The recent purchase of the Scottish Rite Cathedral promises to rescue it from falling into disrepair.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-05/Scottish_Rite_Cathedral_Building.jpg" width="851" height="535" alt="Scottish Rite Cathedral" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Scottish Rite Cathedral</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Developer and entrepreneur Kim Blickenstaff, whose slew of projects in Peoria Heights has taken the community by storm, recently expanded his acquisitions into Peoria proper. His purchase of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 400 NE Perry in downtown Peoria, promises to rescue the architecturally significant landmark from falling into disrepair.</p> <p>Constructed in 1925, the beautiful, church-like facility—with its stunning stained-glass windows, flying buttresses, terrazzo flooring, massive pipe organ and green gargoyles overlooking the city—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at the foot of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center next to the new Ronald McDonald House (currently under construction), it offers over 10,000 square feet of usable space, theater seating for 900, and a full basement kitchen and banquet facility.</p> <p>The Scottish Rite fraternal organization—which has occupied the building for nearly a century—will continue to be welcome in the space. “I told them they can use it forever,” says Blickenstaff, who is placing the property in a trust. “It’s going to be preserved for the community.” He also purchased many of the building’s contents, which he intends to display as part of a “living museum.” The space will remain available for weddings, concerts and other special events, complementing Blickenstaff’s long-term vision for a future downtown theater district. <strong>PM</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pm-issue-ref field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/pm/2019/jun" hreflang="en">Peoria Magazine: June 2019</a></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14058&amp;2=comment_node_ibi_article&amp;3=comment_node_ibi_article" token="CE_iWbH5bfWde0F2ut97-h-orCOrG-0doqXoXFX4pLo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14058/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Thu, 30 May 2019 16:28:17 +0000 ratkinson 14058 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/jun/preserved-community#comments Bradley Dominates the Spoken Word https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/jun/bradley-dominates-spoken-word <span>Bradley Dominates the Spoken Word</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ratkinson</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">There are two national competitions in forensics—and Bradley won both this year.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-05/BU-Speech_Team_20190412_02-2.jpg" width="851" height="350" alt="Bradley Speech Team" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Bradley Speech Team 2019</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>After taking home the American Forensics Association contest in early April, the Bradley University Speech Team won the National Forensic Association championship just a couple of weeks later. There are two national competitions in forensics—and Bradley won both this year. </p> <p>This brings the Bradley Speech Team’s total to 43 team national championships and 162 individual national titles. According to the Associated Press, it is not only the most successful collegiate forensics program in the entire country, it’s the most successful collegiate team in any capacity, including sports.  The Chicago Sun-Times writes that the team has “more championship team titles than the Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and Indiana basketball teams combined”—quite an impressive accomplishment on the Hilltop.<strong> PM</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pm-issue-ref field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/pm/2019/jun" hreflang="en">Peoria Magazine: June 2019</a></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14057&amp;2=comment_node_ibi_article&amp;3=comment_node_ibi_article" token="Dqss5mM0HR2r0ntJiTqW_L-Nb1jJZFks1HyzT08BS4M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14057/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Thu, 30 May 2019 16:26:07 +0000 ratkinson 14057 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/jun/bradley-dominates-spoken-word#comments Building the Local Food Economy https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/jun/building-local-food-economy <span>Building the Local Food Economy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ratkinson</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">Peoria will participate in a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in neighborhoods while developing the local food economy.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-05/AdobeStock_36661695_veg.fruit_.basket.jpg" width="851" height="400" alt="Vegetable and Fruit Basket" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Local Foods, Local Places is working with 15 partner communities in 2019.</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Peoria is one of 15 communities selected to participate in “Local Foods, Local Places” (LFLP), a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in neighborhoods and improve quality of life while developing the local food economy. Through this program, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and economic development experts will work directly with the City of Peoria and other stakeholders to develop a local food system action plan.</p> <p>To gather input and direction, the LFLP team held a community workshop on May 22nd and 23rd, with participants envisioning a “community wellness hub” to improve access to food and nutrition resources in the Southside neighborhood, connect neighborhood voices to development plans for more equitable outcomes, and provide business development and employment pathways so the local ag community and food service industry can thrive. </p> <p>Local partners on the steering committee consist of representatives from Southside Community United for Change, OSF HealthCare, The Well Farm, Peoria City/County Health Department, the Regional Fresh Food Council and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. </p> <p>Local Foods, Local Places has helped 93 communities across the country develop farmers’ markets, community gardens, cooperative grocery stores and other local food enterprises. Learn more about the program at<i> <a href="https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places">epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places</a></i>. <strong>PM</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pm-issue-ref field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/pm/2019/jun" hreflang="en">Peoria Magazine: June 2019</a></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14056&amp;2=comment_node_ibi_article&amp;3=comment_node_ibi_article" token="_XDjxwmajVoY7t80-nXh3Og27Qj2ijaE5U1ar1QNGkE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <strong class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/14056/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></strong> Thu, 30 May 2019 16:23:11 +0000 ratkinson 14056 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/jun/building-local-food-economy#comments