There are lots of places to shop, dine and visit in north Peoria. For the purpose of this page, we'll define north Peoria as the area that runs mostly north of War Memorial Drive and south of Route 6. On the west side of this area is the popular Shoppes at Grand Prarie Mall and Weaverridge golf course.
The city of Peoria is home to a United States courthouse, the Peoria Civic Center (which includes Carver Arena), and the world headquarters for Caterpillar Inc.. Medicine has become a major part of Peoria's economy. In addition to three major hospitals, the USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, formerly called the USDA Northern Regional Research Lab, is located in Peoria. This is the lab where mass production of penicillin was developed.
Near the center of north Peoria, there are other shopping outlets like the Northwoods Mall and Westlake Shopping Center.
Grandview Drive, which Theodore Roosevelt purportedly called the "world's most beautiful drive" during a 1910 visit, runs through Peoria and Peoria Heights. In addition to Grandview Drive, the Peoria Park District boasts 9,000 acres (36 km2) of parks, including the Peoria Zoo and five public golf courses. There are also several private and semi-private golf courses. The Peoria Park District, the first and still largest park district in Illinois, was the 2001 Winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation for Class II Parks.
While there are areas of north Peoria that are in the Peoria schools of District 150, there are other areas of north Peoria that are also in the Dunlap school district. For the purposes of this page, all of the subdivisions listed below are in the Peoria schools of District 150 unless otherwise noted.