Developer Kim Blickenstaff with nephew Greg Birkland, daughter Katie Blickenstaff and son Paul Blickenstaff

A healthcare entrepreneur plans to put his money where his mouth is—and virtually no part of the Heights will be left untouched.

Breathing Life into an Historic Building
The building at 1311 SW Adams Street is home to four businesses anchoring the southern end of Peoria’s historic Warehouse District.
Building Win-Wins at Keller Station
A study in collaborative development… from potential to project
Small-scale development in Peoria
Small Steps Toward a Better Community
Starting a regional conversation around small-scale development
Ten Reasons to Build Local
Investing in your local workforce grows a stronger community. 
Venue Chisca
Downtown Growth: Historic Happenings
An update on the latest projects coming to life in Downtown Peoria 

More IBI

4500 Prospect development, Peoria Heights
Development in recent years has solidified its position as a progressive regional destination.
Q&A with Dan Bartz, First Ascent Peoria
In January 2019, First Ascent Peoria opened its doors in the heart of Peoria’s Warehouse District.
With some good planning, hard work and a champion for the cause, small-town development can thrive.

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Through a lifetime of chasing dreams, Judy Page has given it her all... and has no regrets.

Central Illinois Perspective
Dance of the Divine
Mythili Dance Academy shares the divine art of Bharatanatyam with the community.
Raising the Barn
The Village of Goodfield welcomes the Conklin Players back to the Barn.
Where Does Art Go for the Winter?
Making public art a permanent fixture on the central Illinois landscape
Inspiring Spaces...
A new initiative at Peoria Magazines encourages the community to purchase locally-made works of art.

More Art & Society

A new gallery and lounge has emerged in Peoria’s Warehouse District showcasing specialty drinks and local artwork.
Ten things you didn't know about the registered dietician and certified executive chef...
A behind-the-scenes look at the Peoria Fire Department.

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P.S. Blog

Chris Holbrook’s Private Circus

A recent exhibition celebrated the wide-ranging body of work and eclectic sensibilities of artist Christopher Holbrook.

Capturing Moments in Time

Any photographer will tell you that getting the perfect image is the result of being in the right place at the right time. Jim Burnham is no different.

Visual Jazz

Photographer Natalie Jackson O'Neal captures the visual rhythms of jazz in her "Straight, No Chaser" photo series.