• 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival: September 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th
    It's always the weekend after Labor Day!

  • Illinois

    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

Bunny Yoga @ Pekin Public Library
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon of bunny yoga! Yoga will be taught by a certified yoga instructor, while playful bunnies** frolic around the room. Tickets* will be available for $18.00 per person. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. and class will begin at 2:00 p.m for 1 hour, with the event closing at 4:00 p.m. We Continue Reading
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm
Visit with the Lincolns just before they leave for Ford's Theatre, as they reflect on their lives leading up to this fateful night. This one act play takes place in the White House at the end of the Civil War (April 1865). As the President and Mrs. Lincoln reflect on the events of the past four years and their plans Continue Reading
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Educational event about exotic pet health, nutrition, and husbandry, featuring Keynote Speakers Dr. Nicole Johnson, DVM, and Dr. Kourtney Grimm, DVM.

Recent News

Tea-Off at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, IL.

Lick Creek Golf Course

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



Hockey at the Pekin Park District's Memorial Ice Arena

Pekin Memorial Ice Arena

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



July 4th in Pekin

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


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.