PeoriaCon – Coming to Peoria March 2023

MARCH 4-5, 2023
Expo Gardens, Peoria, IL



PeoriaCon® has proven that the Midwest has been craving a quality event like this for years. Since we have begun hosting this amazing event, the public has supported us from Chicago to St. Louis and everywhere in between! We are ready for another great year with the best comic book, cosplay, and gaming convention fun in the area. We are lining up all of your favorites dealers for this year’s show. – Artists – Special Guests – Comic book dealers – Cosplay Contest with best of show cash prizes! – Games – Collectibles – Your favorite loot dealers!

With the huge success of PeoriaCon® we are looking forward to twice the excitement in 2023! We are ready for another great year with the best comic book, cosplay and gaming convention fun in the area. We are linking up all of your favorites dealers for this year’s show.

We are happy to have the largest number of special guest in central Illinois cant wait for you to see them.


  • Walter Jones
  • Larry Hama
  • AZPowerGirl
  • Philo Barnhart
  • Selwyn Ward



Peoria Ranked “Best Place to Live in IL”

A national publication has ranked Peoria as the best place to live in Illinois.

US News: Peoria, Illinois | Overall Score 6.3/10

Peoria, which was rated as the 50th best place to live in the U.S., beat out the Quad Cities (ranked at 53rd), Chicago (79th) and Rockford (127th).

The report by U.S. News & World Report focused on 150 cities, providing separate rankings for the best place to live, the best place to retire, and the cheapest place to live. Peoria was rated 9th for the cheapest place to live, but only 97th for the best place to retire. Warm weather apparently puts cities higher in the ranking for retirement – the report’s best-rated retirement cities were in Florida.

Rankings were determined through an analysis of public data and user opinions, and take into account the job market, the housing market, and other factors that relate to resident satisfaction like crime, the educational level of residents and air quality.

The report on Peoria, which was written by former Journal Star opinion editor Mike Bailey, gives detailed information about the community, from housing to entertainment.

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13 Rainy Day Peoria Adventures with Kids

As we all know, Greater Peoria weather is unpredictable—78-degree sunshine on a Tuesday won’t guarantee snow won’t make an appearance on Wednesday. Luckily, Greater Peoria has some excellent indoor options to keep in your back pocket for the next unpredicted inclement day. Scroll through these local gems for adventures that are guaranteed to hold the kiddos’ attention and burn some of that pent-up rainy day energy.

Caterpillar Visitors Center  {Peoria}    //     This one-of-a-kind museum is a great way to spend a rainy day! With Caterpillar diggers, massive machinery, and vehicles from modern to vintage, this interactive and educational stop will have kids raving! The hands-on activities like the backhoe digital simulator and exploring in the cab of a real bulldozer is sure to engage kids (especially those who like big machinery) for hours.

Elevate  {Peoria + East Peoria}    //     Trampoline parks are the ultimate indoor playground for kids, and luckily Elevate has two local locations, Peoria and East Peoria. Kids can bounce, jump, and play laser tag all in a day’s work! Time allotments range from one to two hours, with the option of adding a laser tag game to your jump time. Elevate also offers exclusive memberships for homeschoolers and toddlers!

Escape 60  {Peoria}    //     Escape rooms offer a thrilling adventure for your family and friends, sure to leave your kids ready for more! With themed escape rooms, travel to a wizarding world, CSI crime scene, Doctor Who immersive experience, and more! Escape 60 encourages relationship strengthening and communication skills, all while having a blast!

Fired Up  {Peoria Heights} or Peek-in Pottery  {Pekin}    //  Fired Up in Peoria Heights or Peek in Pottery in Pekin are two excellent options to coax out the inner artist in everyone. Both of these local spots are a paint-your-own-pottery studio with a wide array of paint colors and pottery options. Kids can create core memories with their friends and family, either with a birthday party or rainy day painting. Both shops have wonderful paint color and style guidance for kids of all ages and abilities.

First Ascent  {Peoria}    //      Rock climbing is a surefire way to get kids moving and grooving on a rainy day. First Ascent in Peoria’s Warehouse District has your kiddos covered! Their motto is “get your kids climbing our walls instead of yours,” and they offer plenty of opportunities to do so. Specifically, First Ascent has kid-friendly drop-in climbing sessions, climbing classes, and a climbing team. On First Ascent’s website, there is more information regarding their kid-only offerings. Happy Climbing!

Five Points Washington  {Washington}    //      This fitness center located in Washington offers a wide range of classes and activities for children and adults. There are youth fitness classes such as kids yoga, aquatic fit and fun, and kids on the move, all geared towards teaching children about the importance of exercise while having fun! Aside from classes, Five Points Washington has a kids’ clubhouse available for daycare accommodations. Last but not least, enjoy the indoor leisure pool on a rainy day!

Luthy Botanical Gardens  {Peoria}    //      Even on a rainy day, the great outdoors is accessible at the Peoria Park District’s Luthy Botanical Gardens! Located in Glen Oak Park, this conservatory offers beautiful flora to be appreciated by kids and adults alike. Tropical plants unseen in Illinois’ native ecosystem are thriving alongside other themed gardens. Luthy Botanical Gardens has free admission and specialized programs for kids!

Owens Center Ice Skating  {Peoria}    //      The Peoria Park District Owens Center, located on Lake Ave, offers year-round indoor ice skating on NHL sized rinks. There are options for private rentals and classes, as well as public open skate times. Admission prices and up-to-date information on public skating is listed on the Owens Center Facebook page. Start your kiddos hockey or figure skating career at the Owens Center on a rainy day!

Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum  {Peoria}    //      Located in Glen Oak Park, this Peoria Park District facility offers children “the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world.” Specifically, there are open art projects, animal exploration, and toddler-friendly activities. Information on admission and special events is available on their website.

Peoria Riverfront Museum  {Peoria}    //      With a trip to Peoria’s Riverfront Museum, your whole family will leave learning something new and exciting! Rotating exhibitions, shows in the Dome Planetarium, and movies in the Giant Screen Theater are fun attractions for all who attend. Kid-exclusive offerings are also available at the Riverfront Museum, such as the Luminescence Lab accompanying the Creatures of Light exhibit.

Wheels O’ Time Museum  {Dunlap}    //      For over 40 years, the Wheels O’ Time Museum has provided children and adults with insight on life in the past, including transportation, farm and home life, entertainment, and industry in Central Illinois. Open from May to October, this attraction in Dunlap is sure to leave the whole family insightful and inspired!

Round 1  {Peoria}    //      This multi-entertainment facility located in Northwoods Mall offers bowling, arcade games, billiards, karaoke, ping pong, darts, and even a kids zone play area! With its variety of fun-filled activities, exclusive arcade machines, and food & beverage offerings, Round1 is unparalleled! This one-stop-amusement-shop will cure any rainy day blues.


OSF HealthCare Construction Updates

OSF HealthCare – located at 530 NE Glen Oak Ave in Peoria – marked a new era in August of 2021 with the groundbreaking for the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute, a 180,000-square-foot building on the campus of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in downtown Peoria. It is expected to open to patients in early 2024.

From the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute website:

“When cancer is what we’re fighting and it’s the future we have to lose, audacity is our greatest hope. It lives in everything we do. It lives in tomorrow’s innovative technology, in world-renowned research and in our top partnerships with like-minded institutions. It lives in our Mission, to serve all persons with the greatest care and love. The OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute is the most ambitious philanthropic endeavor in OSF’s history. We understand the magnitude of this vision and it will only come to fruition with the financial support of people like you, who share our foresight. With your help, we can make Peoria and Central Illinois a destination for hope, healing and world-class treatment. Together, we can usher in a new day for cancer care — giving cancer patients the promise and possibility of many new tomorrows.”