"The Most Famous Eagle That Ever Wore Feathers"

The eagle perched atop The Shaft was a depiction of Old Abe, who appeared in many battles of the Civil War and was legendary for screaming and spreading her wings at the Confederate troops.

Market Days

A glimpse of Peoria grocery stores and corner markets throughout history...

So You Want to Nominate a Leader…

Nominations for the 2018 class of 40 Leaders Under Forty are now being accepted. But what exactly does it take to nominate someone? Here some helpful hints when preparing your nomination...

Other Adult Learning Opportunities in Our Community

In addition to the Fine Arts Society of Peoria, numerous organizations in our community offer an eclectic mix of adult learning opportunities. Here are just a few…

Method of Measurement

Josef Kleffman, master cutter and tailor of Timeless Tailoring, specializes in traditional bespoke tailoring—a precise, handcrafted process—to create quality, custom clothing.

The Kennedy and Orpheum Connection

If you're a movie buff, you've likely heard of RKO Pictures, Inc.—but you might not know about the connection to the Kennedy family.

The Marx Brothers Visit Galesburg

Kevin Maynard, executive director of Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre, explains how the Marx Brothers got their nicknames... right here in Galesburg, Illinois.

From Vaudeville Grandeur to… Parking Lot

It was Peoria’s "vaudeville palace"—one of the city’s big four vaudeville houses at the peak of the vaudeville era—but its reign lasted a mere 16 years. News clippings, old advertisements and stories of the Orpheum Theatre…

A Segregated Theater

Hollywood star William Holden pushed Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre to make its first steps towards desegregation.

Meet the Cast of Healthy Soil Characters

Here in the Prairie State, our rich soils have made us the nation’s third largest producer of agricultural commodities.

Building Peoria… One Project at a Time

Peoria Magazines spoke with Build Peoria’s president, Nick Yates, about the new Duryea Dog Park in Peoria Heights and the organization's plans for 2018.