Introducing the fourth annual Best of Peoria: a list of the people, places and things that make Greater 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 our region great.
Nominations for the 2019 BOP competition will be accepted on our website beginning March 18, 2019. Voting will run throughout the month of May.
Now... check out the winners of the 2018 Best of Peoria competition!
- Nominations in 30 categories accepted from 3/18 to 4/19.
- VOTE for your favorites from 5/1 to 5/31. (Use the #BestOfPeoria hashtag on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!)
- WINNERS will be revealed in late July.
- QUESTIONS? Email us at BOP@peoriamagazines.com.
Arts & Culture
- Best Gallery/Studio: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
- Best Visual Artist: Preston Jackson
- Best Performing Artist: Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Best Theater Production: Rock of Ages, Peoria Players Theatre
- Best Public Art Display: Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Best Cultural Attraction: Peoria Riverfront Museum
Food & Drink
- Best Value: Avanti's Ristorante
- Best Dinner Date: The Publik House
- Best International Cuisine: Thanh Linh
- Best Happy Hour: Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery
- Best Drink in Town: Craft beers at Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer
- Best Work Lunch: One World Café
- Best Entrepreneur: Travis Mohlenbrink
- Best Customer Service: The Spot Coffee
- Best Company for Young Professionals: Maui Jim
- Best Social Media Presence: Washington, Illinois Police Department
- Best Small Business: Lit. On Fire Used Books
- Best Workplace: CEFCU
- Best Race/Run: St. Jude Runs
- Best Festival: Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Best Alternative Workout: Rock Island Greenway
- Best Pet-Friendly Place: Bradley Dog Park
- Best Place for Family Fun: Wildlife Prairie Park
- Best Golf Course: Weaver Ridge Golf Club
- Best Fundraising Event: St. Jude Runs
- Best Hidden Gem: Wildlife Prairie Park
- Best Social Butterfly: Marty Wombacher
- Best Community Supporter: CEFCU
- Best Photo Op: Grandview Drive
- Best School: Bradley University