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The golden era of Peoria hoops

For 15 years, Peoria went ‘eye to eye with any basketball town in America,’ says Chicago-area author About 35 years


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The band Butta plays at Kenny’s Westside Pub in Peoria

‘Pay the cover,’ let your ‘mind be blown’

A few key players are keeping Downtown Peoria’s live music scene alive, and there’s something for everyone What’s that noise coming from Peoria’s Downtown? It’s a live music scene that

Thyme Kitchen

The spice is right

Saffron Social is next up for Travis Mohlenbrink, one of central Illinois’ most imaginative restaurateurs If Travis Mohlenbrink had a dream job, it would be as a full-time restaurant cook.

Zion Coffee

Cultivating a Coffee Experience

Zion Coffee Bar was among the first businesses to take a chance on Downtown’s Warehouse District Asked to describe Zion Coffee Bar, employee Kaitlyn Lucas didn’t hesitate. “It’s a modern

Shanky's Power Flip

Shanky’s Power Flip

Welcome to March, when everyone finds their Irish roots and we start Spring off with a party on St. Patrick’s Day. Today we move into the world of Flips, though

hasselback potatoes

Rosemary and Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Rosemary and Garlic Hasselback Potatoes The Hasselback is one of the most impressive recipes you can make with a simple potato. It’s also one of the easiest. The name for

LiV Warfield

‘I don’t sing anything I don’t feel’

From the athletic fields at Peoria Notre Dame to the stage with Prince, LiV Warfield has always put her heart into her work. Like everything else in her life, the

Alexis McNally

‘Representation really does matter’

A Q&A with Peoria lawyer and children’s book author Alexus McNally Peoria Magazine (PM): First off, tell us about your background. Alexus McNally (AM): I am a first/second generation —

GlobalFest Central Illinois makes its debut

Central Illinois is home to many ethnically diverse neighborhoods, and organizers of an upcoming, immersive event want others to experience the cultures that thrive around them.   GlobalFest Central Illinois 2023

Bonhomme Richard

Dry and Dry-ish January has come to a close with the bitter cold of winter seeping into our bones, and it’s high time to have a cocktail that takes our

Chocolate Ganache Nutella Tart

Recipe Name February and chocolate go hand in hand. Valentine’s Day is the main chocolate February event, but did you know there is another holiday in February that centers around

Groundbreaker, Baker, Businesswoman

Peoria County Clerk Rachael Parker brings a sweetness to everything she does. Rachael Parker has made a name for herself in Peoria as a successful elected official and entrepreneur. She’s

Jake Maurer Band

From gridiron to Grand Ole Opry doorstep

Metamora native Jake Maurer is making a good living playing the music he loves in Nashville. Jake Maurer was 26 years old when he delivered the one-two news punch to

Riley Greenwood prepares some cinnamon rolls in her Riley’s Vegan Sweets and Eats shop.

Making ‘tasty’ synonymous with ‘healthy’

Vegan isn’t just salad anymore, but cupcakes, pizza and even turkey at Riley’s Sweets & Eats. Riley Greenwood keeps evolving, personally and professionally. There’s a direct line that connects the

Ken Zurski

Ken Zurski lands on his brand

Local author comes out with ‘my little pandemic book,’ the second installment of his Unremembered series. Ken Zurski has always found history to his liking. His first book, The Wreck


In for the Night

Welcome back to Mixology 101. Welcome to the new year with its requisite cold, wind and ice! It is time to cozy up with a blanket in the evenings and

Black Dal

Black Dal

Black Dal Mary DiSomma The flavors of Indian cuisine are complex, but with the right ingredients, creating the perfect Indian dish doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I was fortunate to

The Arc Light Madrigal Singers

The Community of Theater

Arc Light Productions goes where others won’t, celebrates 15 years with its annual madrigal dinner. Fifteen years ago, Jeff Driscoll and Rachel Roderick started Arc Light Productions with $20 and

Julie Maag is owner and chef at Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe.

Mom rules the restaurant roost

Rhythm Kitchen’s Julie Maag says motherhood prepared her well for the restaurant business. From one woman to another, Rhythm Kitchen Music Café appears to be in good hands. Motherly hands,

Reising Shepler Book Lola and the Tree of Life

Lola and the Tree of Life

Illustrated book helps children—and adults, too—cope with grief. Everyone experiences grief. It can bring overwhelming physical and emotional suffering. While mental health professionals say this is a natural response to

Christmas Macaron Tower

Christmas Macaron Tower Mary DiSomma For the holidays, I turn my famous wedding macaron tower into an edible Christmas tree. Green-colored macaron shells are filled with a creamy gingerbread buttercream.

Inherit The Wind Play

Peoria’s legal eagles ‘Inherit the Wind’

Watching a rehearsal of “Inherit the Wind,” the play performed recently at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, was another reminder of the ability of live theater to get audiences — and