Calling all bargain hunters and shopaholics: You won’t run out of places to spend your retail dollars in Greater Peoria. From modern shopping centers to historic boardwalks, from big chain stores to independent boutiques, there’s a shopping destination nearby where you’ll find that just-right gift — or the perfect treat for yourself.
Indoor and Outdoor Malls
You can’t beat a mall for convenience — park once and spend as much time as you want browsing the offerings at a variety of stores. Greater Peoria’s got you covered with both indoor and outdoor options:
- Northwoods Mall: A traditional indoor shopping center, Northwoods Mall is located right in the heart of Peoria and features more than 65 stores and restaurants.
- The Shoppes at Grand Prairie: This open-air lifestyle center is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, HomeGoods and Marshalls. The Shoppes also offers 30-plus specialty stores — from Chico’s and DSW to Old Navy and White House Black Market — plus dining options and an indoor playground for the kids.
Prefer to shop on a smaller scale? Want to support local business owners? Take your pick from these hometown shopping destinations.
- Junction City: Dating back to 1956, Junction City is home to dozens of locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses, plus year-round events! Stroll the boardwalk and window-shop while you decide where to grab a bite to eat. Don’t miss Bushwhacker, Greater Peoria’s outdoor gear and adventure source for more than half a century.
- Metro Centre: Family owned and operated, Metro Centre is another longtime Greater Peoria shopping destination. You’ll find more than a dozen restaurants and food shops here alongside outlets for clothing, shoes, beauty and more. Stop by May through October, Monday through Saturday, for one of the area’s biggest farmers’ markets.
- Keller Station: One of the region’s newest shopping destinations, Keller Station offers a unique mix of retail and restaurants in a former commercial and industrial space. It’s located just off the Rock Island Trail at Knoxville Avenue in Peoria, making it a great place to visit on foot or by bike.
There’s no need to head to a large shopping center or mall to get your retail fix! Check out these options:
- Peoria Heights: This quaint community boasts dozens of small shops, boutiques and restaurants, most within walking distance of Prospect Road. Pick up a new read at I Know You Like a Book, freshly ground coffee at Leaves ’n Beans or a special date-night outfit at A Perfect Pear Boutique.
- Historic downtowns: The main streets in Greater Peoria’s smaller communities make for great local shopping and dining. Be sure you explore what’s available in Morton, Pekin and Washington.
- Antique and vintage stores: Hidden treasures await at shops like Pleasant Hill Antique Mall, The Pickers Daughter and Urban Artifacts.
- Specialty boutiques: Fill your home, closet and bookshelves with unique options from shops like Hayloft Shops, Rambler and Relics.
Thanks to Greater Peoria’s proximity to interstate highways and rail travel, it’s easy to plan a shopping excursion. Several malls are just a quick drive away, including Eastland Mall and the Shoppes at College Hills in Bloomington-Normal, Market Place Shopping Center in Champaign-Urbana and White Oaks Mall in Springfield. Or hop in the car or board an Amtrak train to enjoy all the experiences of Chicago, Indianapolis or St. Louis.