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Peoria RiverFront Assoc.


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 west shore of the Illinois River has been a center of commerce and urban activity since the first Europeans populated the Peoria area in the mid-1600s. As the area grew, the RiverFront District became the center of business and industry, offering merchants and industrialists easy access to water and rail transportation.

Warehouses, breweries, food processors and commercial distributors gave the area its unique flavor. The grand old buildings located in today's Peoria RiverFront District are a composite of these previous lives, adaptively reused to welcome and accommodate modern visitors.

The Peoria RiverFront District is now an area graced with attractions and venues for people of all ages and all walks of life, including culture, entertainment, dining, shopping, residential living, historical and educational interest, and recreational activities.

Members of the organization are listed below. Or look at their Interactive Map, visit the Peoria Riverfront website or their Calendar of Events.





Academy of Fretted Instruments
Offering music instruction on guitar, mandolin, banjo & bass.
305 SW Water Street (309) - 676-3738

Arts Partners
Promotes non-for-profit arts organizations and the vitality of arts and culture in the Peoria area. Conducts Public Art Walking Tours of Peoria including the RiverFront Riverwalk.
Le Vieux Carre Building - 114 State Street - (309) 676-2787

Best of Post & Pillar
One of a kind gifts, home decor and unique treasures.
401 SW Water Street  • (309) 494-9401

Cafe 401
Casual breakfast and daily lunch specials.
401 SW Water Street - (309) 673-2233

Carriage Classics
Horse drawn evening carriage rides available in downtown Peoria Friday and Saturday evenings, April through October, 7 p.m. - midnight. Beginning mid-June through mid-August, rides available Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 7 p.m. - midnight.


Foot of Main Street * Available for Weddings & Special Events - (309) 579-2833


Constitution Gardens
A unique commemoration of the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution; a living legacy to the founding of the republic and a 50-acre oasis in the midst of the city landscape.

Spring Street & Adams Street.

Contemporary Art Center
Peoria's cultural hub for art, music and yoga; a catalyst and forum for advancing, developing and understanding contemporary art through education, exhibition and events.
305 SW Water Street - (309) 674-6822

CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing
Multi-purpose outdoor entertainment venue is one of the premiere draws to the RiverFront.
East of the Gateway Building - (309) 689-3019

Featuring Crabtree & Evelyn products, gifts and home accents for any décor.
401 SW Water Street - (309) 671-1642

Downtown Yoga
Offering all levels of yoga instruction at the Contemporary Art Center.  Visit the website for class times.
306 SW Water Street (309) 645-7762

Embassy Suites and Conference Center
Located on the Illinois River featuring 226 two-room suites with daily cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Manager's Reception, Riverside Cafe & Bar, Caffeina's Internet Cafe, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center.  All suites equipped with two flat screen TVs, microwave, refrigerator, wireless internet access and more.
100 Conference Center Drive, East Peoria - (309) - 694-0200

Specializes in hosting events with a spectacular view of the Peoria RiverFront and an unique ambience.
Maxam Building - 316 SW Washington Street - (309) 676-1000

Gallery Store-Peoria Art Guild
Everything from jewelry and ceramics to hand-woven scarves and sculpture-perfect gifts for anyone. Hundreds of paintings, prints and photographs also available.
203 Harrison Street - (309) 637-2787

An elegant venue along Peoria's RiverFront, the Gateway offers the finest surroundings for business or social functions.
200 NE Water Street - (309) 689-3019

Holiday Inn City Centre
327-room full service hotel, featuring Bennigan's Grill and Tavern, indoor pool/whirlpool/sauna, game room, fitness center, business center, gift shop, Avis Car Rental, barber/beauty shop, Regency Lounge and meeting space for 10-1,400 people.
500 Hamilton Boulevard - (309) 674-2500

Enjoy world famous wings in a casual atmosphere.
418 SW Water Street - (309) 676-5603

Hotel Père Marquette
Conveniently located across from the Peoria Civic Center, and just steps away from business and entertainment centers. Enjoy a tradition of excellence in any of the 288 spacious rooms, restaurants and lounge.
501 Main Street - (309) 637-6500

Illinois Antique Center
Illinois' oldest antique center representing 175 quality dealers.
311 SW Water Street - (309) 673-3354

James W. Baldwin RiverFront Festival Park
The setting for numerous activities and events, Festival Park is an ideal site for your next outdoor gathering.
South of the RiverPlex on Water Street - (309) 689-3019

Jewelry on Water
Unique custom designs made especially for you!  
401 SW Water Street • (309) 673-3436

Joe's Crab Shack
Affordable seafood in a casual and energetic setting.
110 SW Water Street - (309) 671-2223

Kelly Darree Photography
Capturing emotion....creating art.
100 Harrison Street - (309) 264-3146

Liberty Park
The Gazebo offers a supreme setting for outdoor weddings, concerts or family gatherings. Open to the public, also available for private rentals.
Foot of Liberty & Water Street - (309) 689-3019

Live bands in Gallery I on the second floor of the Contemporary Art Center every Friday 5:30 - 7:30p.m.
305 SW Water Street - (309) 674-6822
March Madness Experience fills the Peoria Civic Center's huge Exhibition Hall with basketball-themed interactive play. Admission is free for ticket holders to the IHSA boys state basketball tournament.

Mark Twain Hotel
Big-city boutique atmosphere, small-town smiles and friendliness! The Mark Twain Hotel is the best of both worlds. Peoria's premier boutique hotel is located just 2 blocks from the riverfront and features Uno's Chicago Grill, Seattle Best coffee, Sweet Dreams bedding, Bathand Body Works amenities and much, much more!
225 NE Adams Street - (309) 676-3600 or (866) 325-6351

Marshall Plaza
The Leonard B. Marshall Jr. Memorial Plaza features an interactive fountain, marina access and spectacular views of the Illinois River. Gateway Fountain presented to the City of Peoria by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon S. Peters in honor of their parents.
East of the Gateway Building

Martini's on Water
Specialty martinis and live music on scheduled evenings.
212 SW Water Street - (309) 655-5003

Military Services Memorial Plaza
This lovely plaza was built in tribute to military veterans.
North of Festival Park

Music Together
One of the best baby music programs around.  Classes for parents and children ages birth to 5 years old.
331 Water Street - (309) 370-4669

Old Chicago Pizza & Beer
Pizza, sandwiches, pasta and cocktails. Check out our huge selection of specialty beers!
120 SW Water Street - (309) 677-6766


Ona Sidlinger Studio
Specializing in artistic baby, children, high school senior and family portraits that focus on relationships, personality and expressions. Call for an appointment.
120 SW Water Street - (309) 369-5115

Peoria Art Guild
Oldest community arts center in Illinois with local, regional, national and international artists work. Visit the gift shop.
203 Harrison Street - (309) 637-2787

Form. Fantasy. Function. They all come together at the premier entertainment and convention center in downstate Illinois.
201 SW Jefferson Street - (309) 673-8900

Peoria Symphony Orchestra
A professional member orchestra comprised of talented musicians. Performances are held at the Peoria Civic Center.
Foster Arts Center - 203 Harrison Street

Peoria RiverFront Market
Shop for local produce, local artistry and hear local musicians. Saturday mornings from June through the end of September from 8 a.m. till noon.
Liberty Park - (309) 671-5555

Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe
Fun, eclectic lunch or dinner, freshest ingredients, cocktails and live music on weekends.
305 SW Water Street - (309) 676-9668

Come down to the RiverFront by foot, car or boat! Boaters can dock their boats, on a first come first serve basis, and enjoy what the RiverFront has to offer.
On the river at the foot of Main Street

Riverfront Visitors Center
Friendly, helpful staff provides maps, directions and brochures of Peoria area businesses.
110 NE Water Street (at the base of Main Street near the Spirit of Peoria) - (309) 672-2880

Recreation facility offers swimming, basketball courts, track, weight lifting and classes. Daily passes and memberships available.
600 NE Water Street - (309) 282-1700

Rhythym Kitchen Music Cafe
Fun, eclectic lunch or dinner, freshest ingredients, cocktails and live music on weekends.
305 SW Water Street - (309) 676-9668

Spirit of Peoria
urn of the century-style paddle wheeler available for sightseeing, theme cruises and private charters.
100 NE Water Street - (309) 637-8000

Staybridge Suites
Everything you need for a comfortable and complete extended stay: spacious suites with full kitchen, complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, fitness room and free high speed internet access.
300 W. Romeo B. Garrett Avenue - (309) 673-7829

The Waterhouse, Inc.
With its unique rustic, yet contemporary atmosphere and convenient amenities such as full sound and lighting, two stages, a bar and free parking, The Waterhouse is truly the best kept secret for a reception, concert or meeting facility.  The Waterhouse is also home of Central Illinois' fabulous Dueling Pianos show, Howin' on Water.
619 Water Street, Suite B - (309) 494-9100

Walking and Biking Trail
Beauty and solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic, await visitors on the walking and biking trail. The trail begins on the Peoria RiverFront and leads to the historic Springdale Cemetery. Future plans include connecting the trail to the Rock Island Trail.
North of the RiverPlex


Water Street Dance Company
Dance classes for ages 3 to adult. From tap to ballet, plus body shape and adult classes available.
108 Harrison Street - (309) 636-8872

Water Street Wines, Cafe and Coffees
Where fine wines, unique foods and great coffees meet.  Serving breakfast. lunch and dinner.  Free WIFI.
100 State Street - (309) - 966-4246

World on Wheels
Riverfront and City Tours available on Segways or 2 & 4 person cycles.
Foot of Main Street - (309) 453-0916 Contests

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