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Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, in the United States. It is named after the Peoria tribe.

Museums in Peoria include the Lakeview Museum for the Arts and Sciences and the Wheels o' Time Museum. A new Museum Square, under construction downtown, will house a new regional museum, a planetarium, and the Caterpillar World Visitors Center.

The Steamboat Classic, held every summer, is the world's largest four-mile (6 km) running race and draws international runners.

Peoria's sister cities include Friedrichshafen, Germany; Benxi, China; and Clonmel, Ireland. Peoria has also recently adopted Biloxi, Mississippi, as a sister city to aid in its recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is the 10th oldest in the nation. Peoria is also home to Opera Illinois, the Peoria Municipal Band, the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, and two ballet companies: Peoria Ballet and Illinois Ballet. Several community and professional theatres have their home in and around Peoria, including the Peoria Players, which is the fourth-oldest community theater in the nation and the oldest in Illinois. Corn Stock Theatre is another community theatre company in Peoria, it being the only outdoor theatre in the round in Central Illinois.

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, and the Peoria Art Guild and Galleries, host of the Annual Art Fair that is rated as one of the best professional art fairs in the nation, are in Peoria.

Comedy clubs, and several venues for a variety of traveling shows and concerts including Broadway touring companies, are located in and around Peoria.

Peoria has significantly expanded and refurbished the Peoria Zoo, formerly Glen Oak Zoo, at Glen Oak Park. Finished in 2009, the new zoo improvements more than triple the size of the zoo and feature a major African safari exhibit. Work had begun in the fall of 2006. In addition, The Peoria Playhouse — An Interactive Children's Museum, spearheaded by the Junior League of Peoria — is planned in conjunction with the zoo expansion and further enhancements to Glen Oak Park campus.

Peoria has hosted the Heart of Illinois Fair every year since 1949. The fair features livestock competitions, rides, concessions, motor contests, and concerts.

Registered historic places

* Central National Bank Building (Peoria)
* Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Peoria)
* Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall
* Grandview Drive
* International Harvester Building
* John C. Proctor Recreation Center
* Judge Flanagan Residence
* Judge Jacob Gale House
* Madison Theatre
* North Side Historic District
* Peace and Harvest
* Peoria City Hall
* Peoria Cordage Company
* Peoria Mineral Springs
* Peoria Waterworks
* Pere Marquette Hotel
* Pettingill-Morron House
* Rock Island Depot and Freight House
* Springdale Cemetery
* West Bluff Historic District

 

Peoria in Illinois.

 

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