The Illinois River runs about 273 miles from stem to stern and each city along the path of the river, I think, likes to claim it as their own. We’re no different here in Peoria – the river is synonymous with the city and the city with the river. We even go so far as to call ourselves the “River City”. It’s not very unique, but it suits us.
The Illinois River attracts a lot of folks to Peoria. Hundreds of boats cruise up and down the water on sunny weekend days. Peoria baseball fans head to watch the Peoria Chiefs at the ballpark just above the river near the Bob Michel Bridge. Residents and visitors alike stroll the nearly four miles of riverfront trail that stretches from the Michel Bridge all the way to Detweiller Marina.
Every Saturday morning from June through September, folks head down to the Peoria Riverfront Market to buy their veggies, fruit, arts, and crafts, and to meet friends for a little breakfast and nosh. And there’s nothing like standing in the park on the East Peoria side of the river watching the sun slip behind Peoria’s West Bluff.
If you find yourself on the River – and you’re passing through the River City – stop on by. We’d love to see you. And before you come, check out the Peoria Riverfront Web site.
– David Vernon
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