The Best of Peoria

Peoria Magazines is pleased to introduce the Best of Peoria: a list of the people, places and things that make 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 Peoria great.
Here’s the skinny. We came up with 30 initial categories. You tell us who’s best in any or all of them; the top three nominations in each category will then move on to open voting. Nominations must be located within the Tri-County region (Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties). The winners will be revealed in a special section of Peoria Progress this summer.
Nominations in the following categories will be accepted February 1, 2016 – March 18, 2016!  
Arts & Culture
  • Best First Friday stop
  • Best visual artist
  • Best performing artist
  • Best theater production
  • Best advocate for the arts
  • Best cultural attraction
Food & Drink
  • Best cup o’ joe
  • Best work lunch
  • Best dinner date
  • Best watering hole
  • Best chef
  • Best bang for your buck
  • Best workplace
  • Best customer service
  • Best company for young professionals
  • Best company for philanthropy
  • Best company for innovation
  • Best company with the brightest future
Sports & Recreation
  • Best sports team
  • Best festival
  • Best park/trail
  • Best place to work out
  • Best pet-friendly place
  • Best place for family fun
Community Life
  • Best local celebrity
  • Best neighborhood
  • Best scenic view
  • Best fundraising event
  • Best advocate for Peoria
  • Best kept city secret

NOMINATE people, places and things in 30 categories from 2/1 to 3/18 at
VOTE for your favorites from 4/15 to 6/1. (Drum up votes with the #bestofpeoria hashtag on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
WINNERS will be revealed in mid-July.

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