The Village of Peoria Heights was incorporated in 1898 and has a population in excess of 7,000. The Village has a long history of support to the business community. The Village offers a full array of services characteristic of a modern, urban community.
Peoria Heights Grade School was completed in 2001. The school accommodates approximately 700 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Eigth. Children receive instruction via a comprehensive curriculum that challenges students, yet meets the unique needs and interests of each child. Smaller classroom size allows district teachers to provide highly individualized and comprehensive instructional assistance to each student.
Peoria Heights High School is a community landmark, due in large part to its unique exterior and interior “open-space” design. The school provides for the academic needs of a diverse, yet small student population of about 250 students. Students may elect to participate in college preparation, vocational career and family management course work that will help them mature as young adults.
Since 1936 the Peoria Heights Library has provided the citizens of the area a variety of services and materials. The library which opened a new facility in 2000 and has over 34,000 items (books, video cassettes, books on tape, periodicals, compact discs, computer software), in addition to public access computers for Internet searching and word processing. Also offered is reference assistance, federal and state tax forms, fax services, and a photocopier. The library is a member of the Alliance Library System.
Recreation & Attractions
Tower Park was part of a community revitalization effort that took place several years ago. The first tower, built on Grandview Drive , was torn down during World War II because of the need for scrap metal. Since then a new tower has been built and its structure is the only one of its kind in the United States.
A glass elevator can be taken 170 feet to one of three observation decks on the Tower. These observation decks are located at the top of a one-half million gallon Village water reservoir and each offer a 40-mile panoramic view. Coin operated telescopes are provided to view the Illinois River Valley.
Forest Park Nature Center
The Forest Park Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and continued study of animals and plants and is 500-acres of nature preserve. The center provides visitors the opportunity to hike original Indian trails, enjoy guided tours and natural history exhibits, or find a perfect spot for a picnic. Park concerts occur throughout the summer.
Grandview Drive winds through some of the most breathtaking views of the Illinois River Valley. With stately mansions and pristine picnic areas proudly nestled throughout, Theodore Roosevelt aptly named it “The World’s Most Beautiful Drive.” Trolley tours run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings taking riders along the “drive” and through Peoria’s Averyville areas into downtown Peoria.
Shopping & Dining
Peoria Heights offers a fun-filled shopping district where you can stroll the quaint streets and visit specialty shops and boutiques. Whether you’re looking for clothing, fun accessories, wine, gourmet food, jewelry, gifts or fine art, you can find it here.
This is the place where hip restaurants receive rave reviews. From coffee and ice cream to fine dining, culinary masters create a variety of delectable dishes. Whether you’re looking to have a light snack or lunch or a full-course meal, look no further than Prospect Road in Peoria Heights.