April 10, 2020

Within the center of the state of Illinois, a meeting and recreation wonderland offers big-city amenities with a small-town feel. The seven counties that make up the Peoria, Illinois, area offer easy access from Chicago or St. Louis and direct airlift from all over the country. Boasting more than 4,000 guest rooms and an easy-to-navigate downtown, Peoria offers planners and their attendees countless cultural and natural amenities alongside modern and versatile facilities.

The Peoria Civic Center is the largest downstate convention center encompassing 110,000 sq. ft. of unbroken exhibit space, 27,000 sq. ft. of soaring ballroom space, 16 breakout rooms totaling 17,000 sq. ft. and the 11,330-seat Carver Area-home to the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team. A technologically advanced theater will seat as many as 2,196. The Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette is connected to the Civic Center and offers 18,900 sq. ft. of meeting space, as well.

This river city also has an active waterfront scene where visitors will find award-winning restaurants, outdoor concerts and walking trails. Attractions exclusive to Peoria such as the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center and the Spirit of Peoria offer entertainment for all ages. Numerous specialty shops and unique restaurants can also be found. Whether you want to spend your evening at the ballpark, test your skills at an escape room with colleagues or experience a one- of-a-kind dinner in a restored 1889 church, downtown Peoria has it all.

Peoria provides an easy way to delight and surprise attendees close to home, and the Peoria Area CVB stands ready to assist in planning your next meeting. Connecting you to local resources, the CVB services team can help plan off-site events, coordinate housing and arrange local marketing initiatives. 


Visit enjoypeoria.com/planners for more information.