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Jun 7, 2015

Congratulations to Peoria for the Sculpture Walk

Congratulations to Peoria for the Sculpture Walk.  A great addition to the City. You can vote for your favorite.


Which of the fifteen sculptures in Sculpture Walk Peoria is your favorite?  We want to hear from YOU!  Please take a few minutes to vote and complete our short survey.  

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Come down to Washington Street between Liberty and Oak Streets in Peoria, IL and experience 15 large scale sculptures created by renowned artists from 7 states.  Voting is open until September 30, 2015. 

About Sculpture Walk Peoria...

Joe Richey had a vision of putting sculpture on the streets of Peoria, Illinois. Joe’s business, Tri-City Machine Products, is in the heart of Peoria’s burgeoning Warehouse District. A great supporter of the arts, Joe turned part of his facility into Prairie Center of the Arts, and created artists’ residence space. But, his vision always included large-scale sculpture on the streets.

In, 2008, he began discussions with Craig Hullinger, then 
Director of Economic Development for the City of Peoria. The city worked to clear the challenges and the rest of the initiative has been entirely volunteer-driven. A team of dedicated leaders has worked for the last year to bring this exciting addition to the Peoria Warehouse District. Their vision – put art on the streets by June of 2015. The goal has been reached. Joe’s vision…now a reality.

Fifteen artists, representing seven states will install their artwork for a period of twelve months. Every year, a new set of sculptures will be installed and the goal is to grow beyond the current fifteen locations.

“Sculpture Walks” differ from “regular” public sculpture in that the pieces typically change out every year. Tours, people’s choice awards, games, and education are part of the programming for a Walk – and Sculpture Walk Peoria is no exception. You can read about all of it in our brochure.

We are excited and inspired by the incredible sculptures the artists have created to share with the community. We are thankful for the generous sponsors who have made all of this possible. We are indebted to the committed volunteers who made it happen. We are grateful to Joe for pursuing his vision. And we are thrilled to present the inaugural 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee
Joe Richey – Chairman
John Amdall
Sharon Amdall
Kim Armstrong
Maegan C. M. Gilliland
Pam Johnson
Kip Strasma
Barb Waldorf

Jul 16, 2014

The Latest Scoop From Peoria Magazine

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Running Central held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting yesterday for its new location at 311 SW Water Street in Peoria. With 20,000 total square feet of space, the expansion has made the 37-year-old business the largest brick-and-mortar specialty running store in the nation. Running Central’s investment in its new home exceeds $2.2 million, with amenities including an indoor runway, kids’ zone, flex space for yoga, wellness clinics, women’s lounge with five dressing rooms, and an open lounge for guests to relax while family and friends shop.
In other Warehouse District news, Rhodell Brewery announced its plans to move to the Murray Building just down the street. About 4,500 square feet of the first floor will be renovated for the brewery, which will include an expanded bar and kitchen, covered beer garden along Water Street, and live music performances. The new location is expected to open next February.
Midstate CollegeThe Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is coming to life! Yesterday, the Power of Play Campaign, a partnership among the Junior League of Peoria, the Peoria Zoological Society and the Peoria Park District, kicked off the demolition and construction process for the next phase of its campaign to make Glen Oak Park a daylong destination for families in central Illinois. For more than 10 years, Junior League volunteers have spent countless hours researching the feasibility of a children’s museum for central Illinois, and at last that dream is coming to fruition. The museum is expected to open next summer. For more information, visit
Registration is now open for the 2014 East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Leadership School, which runs September 17th through December 5th. The program offers a unique opportunity to enhance leadership skills and network with other business people in the area. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9am. For more information, call (309) 699-6212 or visit
The Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery will host the Illinois Art League Member Exhibit from Tuesday, July 15th to Thursday, July 31st from 9am to 6pm,Monday through Saturday, with free admission. The public is invited to a gallery walk onWednesday, July 23rd at 2pm and closing reception on Saturday, July 26th from 1 to 3pm. For more information, call (309) 497-2120.  
Illinois Plastic Surgery


Saturday, July 19th @ Junction City
The Peoria Art Guild hosts the third annual Wine & Whiskey Walk from 1 to 6pm. Sample more than 30 eclectic wines and whiskies and explore the shops at Junction City, while enjoying tasty food, live entertainment and interactive art. Proceeds will support the Guild with art education and community outreach. For tickets or more information, visit or call (309) 637-2787.
Saturday, July 19 @ CEFCU Stage on the Landing
Peoria’s first Color Vibe 5K kicks off at 9am. Run, walk, skip and dance your way through the race while being splattered with colors! From 9:30 to 11am, a dance party and additional color blasts will wait for participants at the finish line. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Quest Charter Academy. Register at or call (309) 402-0030.
Saturday, July 19th @ Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Peoria Magicians Assembly presents “Magic at the Museum” from noon to 1pm. Magicians Michael Baker, Rodney Nordstrom and Kyle “Gambit” Bassett will face the challenge of creating illusions with even their slightest movements captured on a high-definition, five-story screen. $5 admission; free for children under 5. For more information, visit or call (309) 863-3006.
Saturday, July 19th @ Jimmy’s Bar/Rocky Glen, West Peoria
Friends of Rocky Glen will hold a daylong celebration from 9am to 8pm to raise funds for a parking lot, trails and interpretive signage at Peoria’ newest park, Rocky Glen. A van will shuttle hikers to the park for guided tours from 9am to 4pm. Jimmy’s will host a pancake breakfast at 10am followed by a hot dog lunch and ice cream and live music performances. For more information, call (309) 676-5237.
Friday, July 18th to Sunday, July 20th @ Ravina on the Lakes
The inaugural Country Life Music Festival will feature a number of top country artists, including headliner Brad Paisley, who performs on Saturday night. Camping will be available from Thursday through Sunday, accompanied by a complimentary shuttle that will run from the campgrounds to festival grounds all day. For more information,
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May 25, 2014

Bus to Chicago

The Peoria Charter Coach Company has provided service from Peoria to O'Hare and Midway Airports for many years.  It is a valuable service.

They have reworked their interim stops in a way that makes it much useful.  The first stop was at the Bone Student Center in Normal.  It has now moved to downtown Normal next to the Conference Center and AMTRAK Station.  So the bus is now a convenient feeder to AMTRAK.

There are usually five buses a day from Peoria to Chicago with all of them stopping at the Normal Amtrak Station. There are usually 5 Amtrak trains from Normal north to Chicago and south to St Louis.


The bus stop in Joliet has been moved to the METRA / AMTRAK Station in downtown Joliet.  There are a number of trains leaving Joliet for downtown Chicago.

So our bus service that has always provided nice service to the Chicago airports now also provides nice service to AMTRAK and METRA Trains.

Example - Business or Shopping or Fun Trip to Chicago

Take the 6:30 am bus from Peoria north to Joliet, arriving at 9:25 am.  Take the 10:25 METRA train to Chicago, arriving at 11:48 am.


Take the METRA Train from Chicago to Joliet to meet the Peoria Charter Bus for their 6:45 pm or 10:30 pm return trip to Peoria.

May 23, 2014

Warehouse District Streets

The City is making excellent progress on the rebuilding of the streets in the Warehouse District. The report below:


Recent Project Updates

May 20, 2014: PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT A public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 5pm to 6pm to provide a construction update and to answer questions regarding the Washington Street Improvement and Warehouse District TIGER II Complete Streets Projects. The meeting will be held at the Art Guild (203 Harrison Street, 2nd Floor). All are welcome to attend.

April 28, 2014: ROAD CLOSURE ALERT **updates previous post** Starting today, Oak Street will be closed to eastbound traffic between Adams and Jefferson Streets to allow for construction of new curb, sidewalk, planters, and decorative lighting. Westbound (Adams to Jefferson) traffic will still beopen. This closure is expected to last up to three weeks. 

Oak Street will be closed to westbound traffic between Adams and May Alley (midway between Adams and Washington). This closure is expected to last until late May.


Adams Street Parking Lane
Workers pour new concrete sidewalks and prepare the Adams Street parking lane for brick pavers.

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Nov 8, 2013

Housing Demand Study for Peoria

Over the past few years, the City has worked with Tracy Cross, a nationally recognized housing analyst, to measure the strength of housing demand in downtown and the Warehouse District.  The last report was delivered in early 2011.  Working with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, the City engaged Tracy Cross to update that study.  The results are attached.

Tracy Cross continues to believe there is considerable pent up demand for housing, especially rental housing, in downtown Peoria. From their report (emphasis theirs):

“It is our contention that Peoria has yet to fully serve its downtown employment base with adequate housing alternatives.  In fact, the downtown area and its Warehouse District still have the potential to absorb 200+ new housing units annually for the next several years, primarily in the form of rental apartments. Not only has downtown Peoria’s rental market improved since our previous analysis, but no new apartment product has been introduced.  In addition, although the “for sale” sector of the market (overall) is sill performing poorly, downtown Peoria continues to be void of any new construction activity, with this sector also having modest potential over time.”

The chart below shows the improvement in market since 2011:

Rental Price (per square foot)
Loft Conversion
New Construction
Sale Price (per square foot)
Row Homes
Annual Absorption
Loft Conversion
New Construction
Row Homes

Please share this information with your colleagues and partners.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Christopher Setti
Assistant City Manager
City of Peoria
419 Fulton, Suite 207
Peoria, IL 61602

Sep 10, 2013

Great Buildings Ready for Development

100 Walnut Murray Building 
Block bounded by Washington, Walnut, Water, and William Kumpf

 800 Washington Cohen Building
SE Corner of Washington and Oak

801 Washington
SW Corner of Washington and Oak

800 Adams Federal Building
SE Corner of Adams and Oak

736 Washington
NW Corner of Washington and Oak

812 Washington 
View from Vacant Land From the Rear

812, 808, 804, 800 Washington 
View from Vacant Land From the Rear

812 and 808 Washington 
View from Vacant Land From the Rear

812 Washington
Washington Street Under Construction

812 Washington
From the Rear

Great Building, already on the historic register

Building Next to the CAT Imaging Center

CAT Imaging Center

Very Nice Building on Brick Street With Adjacent Lot, Great Price

Most of the great historic warehouses are located at the south edge of the downtown within an easy walk to the CAT Corporate Headquarters and the two large hospitals.