The city of East Peoria has a population of more than 22,000 and the people who live here radiate hard work and community spirit. It is a city of diversified business, professional and industrial companies. With year-round navigability, the Illinois River is a major focal point for business and recreation here.
East Peoria offers the conveniences of a metropolitan area with the pleasures of hometown living. There are housing options for every taste and budget. The housing market is active and growing. Whether you are looking for a traditional home in a quiet neighborhood, a condominium on the waterfront, or a luxury home with many extras, you will be able to find it here. Some of East Peoria’s most beautiful homes are located on Fondulac Drive. This 3-mile scenic drive runs along the top of the bluffs and homes located here offer spectacular views of the the Illinois River Valley.
There are also several options for retirement living. ManorCare at Riverview Senior Living Residences and Mel Hasty Retirement Center are residences designed especially for seniors.
Business & Industry
Business growth in the city has been s
purred by Caterpillar Inc. As the company has grown, it has moved some operations to other states and countries, causing East Peoria to shift the business focus to retail, tourism and hospitality. The Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino has spurred hotel and convention business for the area. The city also benefits from the gaming revenue, contributing to the development of a first-class marina on the riverfront.
New businesses include Embassy Suites Hotel and adjacent conference center, GEM Tower, Gateway Landing South, GEM Terrace, and the Peoria Area Technology Park. These businesses provide a bright future for retail, restaurants, tourism, and more in East Peoria.
The first public school in East Peoria was founded in 1870. The community has never wavered in its commitment and dedication to providing quality education.
District 86 – Serving more than 1,800 students in grades kindergarten through eight, the seven schools in District 86 continue to be “Excellence in Teaching.” The elementary schools in the district are Armstrong, Paul Bolin, Glendale, Lincoln, Don Shute, Woodrow Wilson, and Central Junior High. www.epd86.org
District 85 – This district educates students in grades kindergarten through eight in a single building. The school is Robein School. In keeping with the school’s tradition of excellence, students continue to perform above the state average on the ISAT. The school provides a variety of extracurricular activities for students. www.robein.org
District 309 – This four-year comprehensive school serves a district that covers 31 square miles. East Peoria Community High School (EPCHS). Facilites for education, technology-preparation, sports, and more are housed on campus and at EastSide Centre. www.epchs.k12.il.us
Illinois Central College (ICC) – This public, comprehensive community college offers the classes that students need in a variety of settings. Students of all ages receive a quality, affordable education here. With three campuses and more than 50 off-campus locations, students have more opportunities to learn, advance in their chosen careers, and just have fun. Both credit and non-credit classes are offered each semester. www.icc.edu
Recreation & Tourism
EastSide Centre, Spashdown at EastSide Water Park, RiverFront Park, Fondulac Farm Park, Museum and Petting Zoo, Fondulac Golf Course, Quail Meadows Golf Course and Driving Range, Carl Spindler Campground, Carl Spindler Marina, and East Port Marina are some of the locations that provide recreational opportunities in East Peoria.
The Festival of Lights is one of the largest lighted nighttime festivals in the country. There are many activities associated with this festival each year during the months of November and December.
Other attractions the city offers are Pleasant Hill Antique Mall and the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino. There are more than 650 rooms available in the city’s hotels and motels.
Information obtained from the East Peoria Community Profile & Resource Guide. For additional information about East Peoria, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.epcc.org