Summer Fun on the River Front


by Tami Zachman

June marks the beginning of summer fun at the Peoria Riverfront, which has become quite a draw for locals and tourists alike during these warm months. “The Landing’s” concert series has become very popular over the years, and it’s popularity increases when the shows allow all ages to attend.


There are also the “Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruises.” Through these cruises, you can take a trip up the river to the Starved Rock State Park or just a ride around Peoria to see local landmarks. Some cruises even have live bands and food to enjoy. Martini’s and The Rhythm Kitchen are just down the street where you can lounge with friends or enjoy some of the best live music Peoria has to offer. The Riverfront offers many other great dining options, but you can’t forget about Hooters and Joe’s Crab Shack!

Above The Rhythm Kitchen is Peoria’s Contemporary Arts Center. During the weekend at the center, they offer opportunities to learn to Samba, take part in a Jazz trio with our very own Preston Jackson, or see a wonderful art exhibit.


Many Peorians enjoy going to Kelleher’s to sit outside with the street blocked off, eat great food, enjoy a huge beer selection, and listen to some great live music. Included in the outdoor seating areas are some other great restaurants: Rizzi’s Italian Restaurant, Beignets, and Rhodell’s. Above Rhodell’s, you can enjoy “Dueling Pianos” at the Waterhouse when they are in town.


The new Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center are an exciting addition to downtown. Here, you can enjoy learning about the history of Peoria, or see the featured flick at the 5 story high and 7 story wide 3-D capable theater. The Museum has a calendar of events online at The Caterpillar Visitor’s Center gives guests an inside look at this fabulous, ever expanding company and it’s many products.

Visitors can try their hand at operating a CAT tractor with the simulators, and take look inside many of the products in the exhibits.


The Riverfront Market opens on the first Saturday in June the from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Local fresh produce, meat, cheese and bread are all available, along with artists and live demonstrations.

Don’t forget to catch a Chief's game at the newly named Dozer Field, where you can enjoy some peanuts and a hot dog, and the fireworks at the end of the game.

So what are you waiting for Peorians? Get out there and enjoy everything the Riverfront has to offer this summer!