A Publication of WTVP

Earlier this year, Peoria Magazines hosted the first annual Best of Peoria competition, asking readers to identify their favorites among Greater Peoria’s businesses, organizations, individuals and destinations… and you delivered! We decided to have a little fun with this year’s 40 Leaders Under Forty by asking for their own “Best of Peoria” favorites. We received a variety of interesting responses, with some unique favorites among the 2016 class!

Best Restaurant/Bar
1. Sugar Wood-Fired Bistro
2. Tie: EDGE by Chef Dustin Allen,Thyme Kitchen & Craft Beer




Best Retail Shop
1. Running Central
2. Tie: Pink Sugar, Bushwhacker




Best Weekend Activity/Event
1. Rock Island Trail/Peoria Park District trails
2. Peoria Riverfront Market 
3. Tanners Orchard



Best Artist/Musician
1. The Way Down Wanderers (modern folk/bluegrass)
2. Tie: Jacob Grant (pottery/ ceramics), The Cusack Bros. (rock/pop duo)



Best Entertainment/Attraction
1. Riverfront concerts and events
2. Peoria Civic Center
3. Tie: Peoria Chiefs, Peoria Zoo