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The City of Peoria is home to Bradley University, the world headquarters for Caterpillar Inc., and the USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. The city also has a federal courthouse, a Peoria Civic Center (which includes Carver Arena), Grand View Drive (The World's Most Beautiful Drive" as quoted by Teddy Roosevelt) and the Peoria Park District which has received numerous gold medal awards with nine thousand acres of parks, Glen Oak Zoo, five public golf courses and several private and semi-private courses, three major state-of-the-art hospitals, the Midwest Affiliate of St. Jude Hospital and a medical school. Peoria has also been awarded the coveted All-America City Award three times.
Peoria boosts a lively cultural scene. The city maintains a symphony orchestra (10th olderst in the nation), Opera Illinois, two ballet companies - Peoria Ballet and the Illinois Ballet, Peoria Municipal Band, Peoria Area Civic Chorale, several community and professional theatres, including the oldest community theatre in the nation - Peoria Players, Central Illinois Youth Symphony, Lakeview Museum for the Arts and Sciences, Wheels o' Time Museum, The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, The Peoria Art Guild and Galleries - host of the Annual Art Fair that is rated as one of the best professional art fairs in the nation, comedy clubs, as well as several venues for a variety of traveling shows and concerts including major Broadway touring companies.