Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What's Playing in the Peoria Area this Summer? [Part I]

Seeking some fun events to get your play on this Summer? With the sun out longer and the air feeling warmer, we don't blame you! 

From concerts to community festivals, the Peoria and central Illinois area is a haven for awesome events for all interests. Below we share some top picks among what's playing the Peoria Area this Summer.

The Fray at Bradley University

The Fray is a well known American rock band from Denver, Colorado with similar vibes as U2 and Cold Play. The concert event is scheduled for 4/30, at 7PM, and will take place at Bradley University, in the Renaissance Coliseum. The Fray will perform hits from their album "Helios." The openers of the show will be The Orwells and The Plain White T's.

Tot Time: Fun for Tots & Their Big People

Tot Time: Fun for Tots & Their Big People is an event in Lewistown that will take place at Dickson Mounds Museum, on 05/01, between 9:30am and 11:00am. This year the Tot Time topic will be "Go Fly a Kite." The admission is free and no registration is required.

Celtic Woman: The Emerald Tour

On 05/02 you can enjoy the all new stage production that celebrate Ireland and Celtic heritage at Peoria Civic Center, at 7:30PM. The admission fee costs between$52.30 and $73.50. The show will present pop songs and traditional Irish anthems by the music producer David Downes, interpreted by the angelic voices of Celtic Woman band.

Central Illinois Arts Organization First Fridays

This event will take place on 05/02, at 5-9PM. You can meet musicians; explore galleries in eleven locations throughout the Peoria Area. The admission to this event is free.

Princesses and Pirates Day

The Princesses and Pirates Day event invites you to come at the Peoria Zoo dressed in your pirate or princess outfit, on 05/03, between 11a.m.-2PM You will meet dragons and parrots up close, will explore the world of pirates and princesses, play fun games, and does a scavenger hunt for prizes.

The Addams Family

On 05/05, 7:30PM, you are invited at the Peoria Civic Center to enjoy the macabre new musical comedy The Addams Family. The admission tickets are priced $39.00, $56.00 and $69.00.

All Bands United

All Bands United is an all ages event scheduled for 05/10, between 12PM-1a.m. The concert show will take place at Limelight Eventplex. Admission costs $10 if paid in advance and $15 at the door. At the concert will participate artists such as Shadows Inc., Know Lyfe, Reaping Asmodeia, Last Scene Ends, Through Eyes of Tomorrow, and many more.

Songs from the Woods

On 05/10, at 7PM, you can enjoy Patchouli in concert at Forest Park Nature Center. At the show will also participate some of the best folk musicians and songwriters. The admission fee is $7 per adult and $6 for ages 12 and under.

Hickory Ridge Concert Series

On 05/17, the historical folk musicians Rhonda Rucker and Sparky return to Hickory Ridge. The concert will take place at Dickson Mounds Museum, between 7:30PM-9:30PM. The admission fee is $3 for children and $5 for adults.

Neon Vibe 5K

At Expo Gardens, on the date 05/17 you can enjoy the most exciting glowing color 5K run on the planet. The race will begin at 8:30PM, but Gates will open early, at 7:00PM. Admission costs $42 for early bird registration through April 16th, $45 for registration between April 17 and May 15, and $50 on the day of event. The after dark Neon Vibe 5K fun run is an exciting event that you surely won’t want to miss.

International Music, Wine & Beer Festival

This event will take place on 06/01, at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery, between 12PM-6PM The admission is $10 for people over 21 and includes 5 tasting tickets and souvenir glass. For people aged 13 to 20 the admission is $5. Children under 12 benefit from free admission. The festival will feature 55+ beers and 55+ wines from around the world, for tasting and purchase. The event promises to be attractive for all the wine and beer lovers, who can enjoy tasting their favorite beverages.

Morton BBQ Throwdown

The Morton BBQ Throwdow is a family-friendly event that takes place in the city of Morton, IL on July 25th-26th. The Morton BBQ Throwdow has two purposes: to raise money for the local charity organization (The Illinois Cancer Care Foundation) and to bring the thrill of professional BBQ to central Illinois.

The Morton BBQ Throwdown features two days of local bands performing live on the entertainment stage, a backyard competition for local BBQ enthusiasts, a KCBS professional BBQ competition, a covered beer garden, a large craft vendor fair, and several top notch food vendors offering burgers, pizza, BBQ, kettle corn and many more.

Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy fun activities such as face painting, inflatables, and a petting zoo. The event gathers funds for cancer clinical trials and research and to date they have been donated over $47,000.00 to the Cancer Care Foundation in Illinois.

Stay tuned!

This is just Part I of What's Playing in the Peoria Area this Summer?. In the next issue, we'll cover more action and events taking place in June, July, and August. See more events in Peoria, IL by visiting the website of Peoria.org.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Central Illinois Road Trip: 5 Towns Worth Visiting

Now that Spring has rolled around, the central Illinois area offers an abundance of action for all walks of life. If you're looking to explore the area, one idea is to plan a road trip.

Whether you have just one day or an entire week, a central Illinois roadtrip caters to all interests and time restraints. In this post, we'll share the roadtrip pitstops worth checking out in Peoria, Morton, Springfield, Bloomington, and Champaign.


Those interested in the history of the first haft of the 20th Century will find the Wheels O'Time Museum very intriguing. With various old clocks, cars, and historical relics, the museum has impressive facilities that all interests appreciate. A family favorite, the Wheels O'Time Museum is filled with engaging and interactive sites.

During the Spring in particular, those who love baseball can enjoy watching a game at O'Brien Field. There isn't a bad seat, and the food you will find in the concourse is delicious and affordable.

The Peoria Zoo is another great roadtrip stop families interested in exploring the natural world. Here all walks of live can navigate among exotic and native wildlife.

If you really plan your roadtrip in advance, grab a Peoria visitors guide from Peoria.org. Peoria is one city you'll definitely want to spend some time.


This city is the land of Lincoln, and his spirit seems to be still alive here. You should visit the Lincoln Home National Site which preserves the environment and home where Lincoln lived before becoming one of the most important presidents in the U.S. history. There is a visitor center and a presidential memorial that will amaze you.

The Dana-Thomas House – designed by Frank Wright in the year 1902 – is a place you should visit as well. You will see the largest collection of furniture designed by Wright in his entire life here.


Soccer lovers will have a wonderful time visiting the McClallen Park. This 40-acre park is a community soccer complex that your kids will enjoy. There are huge parking space and six fields where teams play soccer.

The largest park in Morton is the Northwood Park with lots of forested area – 100 acres – where you will enjoy nature at its best. Its hiking trails will amaze you when you see them. There are also a water fountain and restrooms.

Check out the Morton, IL calendar of events to find various local activities taking place in the area. Morton is a smaller community, but offers its fair share of gorgeous nature escapes and special events.


Bloomington is a beautiful town – full of green farmland – offering lots of attractions and events for all its visitors. The whole family can spend quality time at Grady's Family Fun Park, where your kids will use bumper cars, go karts, bumper boats, and other amazing toys.

The Pepsi Ice Center is an excellent place to lace your skates up and have a great time on its rink. You will get in shape in this ice center, but you will also have a lot of fun at the same time.


The Champaign Public Library has an outstanding design and architecture that will truly amaze you – it also has all you need to find in a modern library. There is also no signage here, so you need to be careful sometimes. You will also find that its spaces are very comfortable and large.

Do you love movies? The Art Theater is the right place to enjoy your favorite movie in Champaign. This teather has a great appearance and all you need to have a great time. At Memorial Stadium you will enjoy great games at a affordable price. You will have a wonderful time with your family if you visit this stadium in Champaign.

The communities of central Illinois has a lot of things to offer you as well as your entire family. Whether you seek a historical journey through time or an outdoor adventure, a roadtrip in central Illinois is memorable endeavor that changes every season.

Monday, April 7, 2014

5 Things To Do In Peoria During the Spring Season

Are you thinking of spending a spring vacation or getaway in Peoria, IL? Well, you can be assured that this is one of the best vacation destinations not only in USA but globally as well.

This is because Peoria features a great deal of attractions and a lot of activities you can indulge in. Moreover, Peoria environment is pretty conducive hence any person can adopt to it regardless the origin.

The good thing is that you can travel with your whole family to Peoria for your spring vacation. This is because most of the activities done here are family friendly.

All you need is to select the best residing place. Ensure that you live in a place where you can easily access best attractions if you're looking to enjoy the best experience in Peoria, IL.

1. A Stroll To The Zoo

If you have great love for nature, taking a stroll through the zoo will work ideally. Peoria Zoo is one of the places where you can have the best feel of nature since it has much to offer. It is in this zoo that you will get to see different species of animals including giraffes, monkeys, and rhinoceros among others. You will also have the privilege of enjoying a cool breeze in the zoo. This is simply an incredible place for you and your family.

2. Catch A game At O’Brien Field

Are you an outdoor games fanatic? Well, it will be a good idea if you took a tour to the O’Brien Field located in Peoria. The field features a great deal of games which you will definitely like. The good thing is that this place is a perfect match for a family. The idea here is to check and the spring games schedule of Peoria and mark the dates. That way, you will be in a position to catch all the matches held in this field.

3. A Tour To Luthy Botanical Garden

This happens to one of the best spots for tourists in Peoria. Luthy Botanical Garden features a great environment for people on vacation. It is in this place that you will get to enjoy blooming spring colors as well as breath taking flora.

Luthy Botanical Garden is large enough to host a great number of people. You therefore should have no worry of congestion when in this awesome place.

4. Wheel O’ Time Museum

If you love things to do with history, then Wheel O’ Time Museum is the best place to be. You will be surprised with the things you will find in this museum. It is among of the best attractions in Peoria and one that matches both individuals and families. Find time and visit this museum and you can be assured of learning a lot of things with regard to history.

5. Best Golf Experience

Weaver Ridge Golf Club  is indisputably a great idea to visit leading golf clubs in Peoria. Weaver Ridge Golf Club is one of the best places you can enjoy a game with your family. You can find time and teach your wife or children how to play golf. You can even go ahead and engage in a family golfing contest.

If you're seeking more fun things to do in Peoria this Spring, check out the calendar of events at Peoria.org, your local source for restaurants, activities, lodging, and so much more.