• 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival: September 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th
    It's always the weekend after Labor Day!

  • Illinois
    River

    Possibilities for Adventure

    When County Surveyor William Hodge laid out the plan for Pekin in 1829, he undoubtedly had no idea he was creating one of Central Illinois’ best outdoor playgrounds. From some of the earliest times though, explorers like Robert de La Salle have adventured along our eastern banks of the Illinois River. Today you can still feel the passion for free spirited fun throughout the Illinois River Valley. Wetlands, forests, savannas and prairies, and the birds, butterflies and wildlife who call them home, await your discovery.

  • Pavilion
    on the Lagoon

    at Mineral Springs Park

    This beautiful building built in 1905, serves as the focal point of our community and is available for your group, family or organization's use. Comfortably seating 70 people, the Pavilion is surrounded with windows overlooking the lagoon and a large, wrap-around porch. Weddings, anniversary parties, baby showers, business meetings, and family get-togethers are popular.

This is the place to play, stay and engage. In Pekin you have your pick:

For hunting & fishing: A bevy of campgrounds, trails, game lands, rivers, lakes and streams make us the hub for outdoor action. For outdoor recreation: The state’s fifth largest park district takes parks to the extreme with 2,500 acres in 13 locales of ice skating, trails, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, skateboarding, boating and more.

For lazy days: With exploration of a different kind in mind, hidden treasures await in the Marigold City’s myriad boutiques, markets and shopping districts. The banks of the Illinois River set the stage, showcasing waves of fun in music, theater, dining, sports, shopping, the great outdoors and more. Take your pick in Pekin!

Upcoming Events

Messy Art Club Session 3 @ Soldwedel Program Center
Jan 18 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Soldwedel Program Center is offering Messy Art for boys and girls ages 5 & up! Each week artists will experience many different forms, with the instruction of Macey Brown, of art such as clay, painting, pastels, mixed media, printmaking, graffiti art, junk art, sculptures, collage, batik and pop art. Artists will have the opportunity to showcase their masterpieces at the Continue Reading
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wildlife Prairie Park returns to the library at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 to present their winter Birds of Prey Program. Animals planning on visiting the library that day include a bald eagle, a turkey vulture, hawk, owls and a falcon. This family program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at Continue Reading
Kiwanis Chili Cook Off @ Pekin Public Library
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Potential new members are invited to attend the Kiwanis Club of Pekin's annual Chili Cook Off! Guests should arrive around 11:30 AM to taste test Kiwanis member's best chili recipes. A short informational meeting will follow and guests will be invited to pick up a packet on how to join our worthy service organization!

Recent News

Lick Creek Golf Course

One of Golf Digest’s 75 best in the nation and the star of Central Illinois’ links.

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Pekin Memorial Ice Arena

The puck stops here for hockey, figure skating, dance, rentals and private parties.

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July 4th in Pekin

Join the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for their annual July 4th Honor America Fireworks Celebration.

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Bullseye for Outdoor Adventure

The center of your target is none other than Pekin, central Illinois’ outdoor playground. Ideally situated at the center of some of the state’s best outdoor action, you’ll have the easiest access to lakes, streams, rivers and rugged timber and terrain for fantastic fishing and hunting. Plus your choice of cabins, hotels, motels and rustic lodging to crash. From crappie to muskie, bucks to waterfowl, troll Powerton Lake, bowhunt in Banner Marsh or find your adventure beyond. Stay in Pekin during your outdoor adventure.