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The Apollo Fine Arts & Entertainment Center original theatre opened in 1914 on Main Street within the site of the Crescent Theater, which burned down a couple years earlier. The Apollo was designed by noted Joliet architect Frederic J. Klein, who is best known for the spectacular Coronado Theatre in Rockford, Illinois. The Apollo, inside the larger Lawyers Building, could accommodate over 800 in its auditorium, and was decorated in Art Nouveau style, including plaster cornucopias on its sidewalls. The Apollo originally had a pipe organ and canaries within its lobby.

Closed in 1958, the Apollo was briefly used for office space, and in 1960, a portion of the rear of the building was torn down when an adjacent parking lot was enlarged. In 1988, by then practically in ruins, the Apollo was purchased and lovingly restored to its original appearance. Since 2001, it has housed the Apollo International Film Group, which screens foreign, classic and independent movies in an early 20th century setting. For more information on scheduled events, call 309-673-4343 or click HERE.

 

 

The Corn Stock Theatre is located in an area off Park Road in upper Bradley Park. The theartre comprises of a large pit with a concrete base as a stage. Covering the entire area is a tent, with permanent structures surrounding the facility. Corn Stock Theatre has been in production since the summer of 1954. Their winter facility, the Corn Stock Theatre Center, is used for their Lab Theatre Season, Corn Stock for Kids productions as well as a rehearsal and dance class facility. For more information or schedule of shows, click HERE.

 

 

Eastlight Theatre is a nonprofit regional community theater only five minutes from the Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino. The air conditioned theater seats over 1,000 and features the best Midwest and Chicago professional entertainers. The purpose of Eastlight Theatre is to provide and promote the dramatic arts by delivering performances of the highest theatrical quality; to provide a forum for the performance of new plays and musicals; to contract with "outside" professionals to improve the quality of selected performances; and to initiate an educational program to help develop the artistic and dramatic talents of the tri-county area youth and adults. The theatre is located on Washington Street in the East Peoria Community High School Auditorium. For more information, call 699-7469 or click HERE.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Par-a-dice Hotel and Casino features high-stakes casino action, big six, craps, blackjack, roulette, multi-action blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, mini-baccarat, video poker and over 1,100 slots. The casino is located in East Peoria and is open from 9 am – 6 pm with free admission. The hotel portion of the Par-a-dice features 202 rooms and suites and is the perfect retreat for a relaxing getaway or business meeting. Voted one of the Midwest’s finest hotels, all rooms include upscale amenities. The hotel is steps away from the casino and free shuttle service is available rain or shine. Guest can also choose from an array of exquisite dining experiences. The Par-a-dice is home to Nelson’s Deli, the Par-a-dice Buffet, Bourbon’s, and Boyd’s Steakhouse. For more information or to book your next vacation or event, call 309-699-7711 or click HERE.


 

The Peoria Civic Center is located in downtown Peoria and hosts over 375 events per year, drawing in more than 900,000 visitors annually. Recently, the Peoria Civic Center completed a $55 million expansion and upgrade, which now features an Arena, Exhibit Hall, Theater, and Meeting Room space. For more information on upcoming events, call 309-673-8900 or click HERE.

 

 

Peoria Players Theatre originated in 1919, with a one-act play entitled “The Maker of Dreams,” and has been in production ever since. The theatre has remained opened despite a depression, a freeway, and many other financial obstacles. It is Peoria’s first community theatre and is the oldest continuously running community theatre in Illinois, and is the fourth oldest in the nation. For more information on upcoming shows at the University Street location, call 309-688-4473 or click HERE.

 

 

The Peoria RiverFront is one of Illinois' oldest and most exciting regions, alive with adventure and fun for all. Shop, eat, and enjoy the arts and entertainment in a friendly, vibrant urban environment. The Peoria RiverFront is always active, moving and full of life. Enjoy arts, live music, ethnic festivals, boating, paddlewheel excursions, sports, fireworks and more. For a more detailed list of events, dining, and shops, click HERE.

 

 



The Spirit of Peoria is a turn-of-the-century paddle wheeler available for sight-seeing, theme cruises, private charters, and overnight excursions to Starved Rock State Park and Pere Marquette State Park. The Spirit of Peoria was built in Paducah, Kentucky in 1988 by Walker Boat Yard. It is solely propelled by its stern driven paddle wheel. The wheel, composed only of fiberglass and wood, has 68 bucket boards and is 22 feet in diameter. The paddle wheel is powered by two Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines that turn 350kw generator sets. This process of propulsion mimics how a diesel locomotive train is propelled. The captain steers this “floating wedding cake” with a 7 foot maple wheel located in the pilot house. Many of the Spirit of Peoria's decorative fixtures, including the captain's bell and a brass tube that serves as a telegraph from the pilot house to the captain's quarters, were purchased at auctions from much older steamboats.

The Spirit of Peoria also offers the Midwest's most unique setting for meetings and weddings. Not only is the interior elegant, but the scenic river cruise provides entertainment appropriate for almost any function. Christmas parties, weddings, reunions, fraternity/sorority formals, and business meetings are just a few of the functions hosted aboard the Spirit of Peoria. Both decks are equipped with dance floors, restrooms, microphones, wet bars, and a remarkable view of the river. Several times a year, the Spirit also is the host of many themed boat rides. For more information or to book your next event, click HERE.

 
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Events Calendar


Oct 18

- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- Magician Mitch Williams
- Manito Volkswalk and Art Bazaar

Oct 19

- Disney Junior Dance Party
- Pops Halloween
- St. Jude Harvest Moon
- Celebrate Recovery
- Fall Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Halls of Horror
- Live at the Five Spot
- Monster Jam
- Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe
- Pekin Haunt
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Infirmary
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 20

- Autism 5k & Walk
- Craft Show
- Guitar Classic
- Hallalujah Here Below
- Peoria Prowlers
- Theatrical Costume Sale
- Trunk or Treat
- Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise
- Fall Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale
- Halls of Horror
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Kid's Night Out
- Monster Jam
- Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe
- Pekin Haunt
- PPD Fall Used Book Sale
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Infirmary
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 21

- Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Trunk or Treat
- PPD Fall Used Book Sale
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Urban League Guild Jazz Brunch
- Wildlife Scary Park

Oct 22

- PPD Fall Used Book Sale

Oct 23

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Oct 25

- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- Life Could Be A Dream
- Magician Mitch Williams
- Once Upon a Mattress

Oct 26

- Easton Corbin
- Phantom of the Opera
- Celebrate Recovery
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Halls of Horror
- Life Could Be A Dream
- Live at the Five Spot
- Martin Luther: the Musical
- Moonlight Cruise
- Once Upon a Mattress
- Pekin Haunt
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Infirmary
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 27

- Beat Beethoven
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Phantom of the Opera
- Steps of Joy
- Women's Lifestyle Show
- Halls of Horror
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Life Could Be A Dream
- Martin Luther: the Musical
- Once Upon a Mattress
- Pekin Haunt
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Infirmary
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 28

- Life Could Be A Dream
- Martin Luther: the Musical
- Once Upon a Mattress
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Wildlife Scary Park

Oct 30

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Nov 1

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Whisper & Shout

Nov 2

- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 3

- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 4

- Craft, Vendor Show & Bake Sale
- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 6

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Nov 9

- 2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights
- Celebrate Recovery
- Columbinus
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 10

- Columbinus
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 11

- Columbinus
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 13

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Nov 15

- Columbinus

Nov 16

- Celebrate Recovery
- Columbinus
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Wildlife Scary Park

Nov 17

- Columbinus
- Kid's Night Out
- Wildlife Scary Park




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