A Publication of WTVP

Each year, Peoria Magazines hosts the Best of Peoria competition, in which our readers identify their favorite local businesses, organizations, individuals and destinations. We asked this year’s class of 40 Leaders Under Forty for their own favorites… and here are the results! Visit for the complete list of community-wide selections.

Best Restaurant/Bar
Rhythm Kitchen

Honorable mentions: Martini’s On Water, Seven on Prospect, 2 Chez, Donnelly’s Irish Pub, Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer, Hearth, Biaggi’s, Jonah’s Seafood House, Seasons Gastropub



Best Retail Shop
Running Central

Honorable mentions: Relics, The Shoppes at Grand Prairie






Best Entertainment/Attraction
Riverfront concerts

Honorable mentions: Peoria Park District, Peoria Zoo, Peoria Chiefs games






Best Weekend Activity/Event
Peoria RiverFront Market

Honorable mentions: Peoria Riverfront Museum, Fine Art Fair, spending time with family






Best Artist/Musician
Preston Jackson

Honorable mentions: Patrick n Swayze, 3 and a Half Men