• 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival: September 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th
    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 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

14th Annual Night Out Against Crime @ Night Out Against Crime
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
14th Annual Night Out Against Crime
Masterpiece Mondays Session 1 @ Pekin Community High School Art Room
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Everyone has an imagination.  Art helps develop it.  Art takes what was just a thought and makes it a reality.  Creating art is a way for children to learn how to make choices and solve problems by taking them through a step by step process. The end result is an object they created. Local artist and high school teacher, Amy Continue Reading
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm
Community Reads author Laura McBride will discuss her book, 'We are Called to Rise.' Complimentary copies of the book are available at the Pekin Public Library (while supplies last).

Recent News

Lick Creek Golf Course

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



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.