Pekin is a lovely city located in Illinois. Pekin is also the county seat of Tazewell County. It is located along the Illinois River and is the largest city in the county and an important part of the Peoria area. According to recent statistics, Pekin is the home of 35.000 people. The area of Pekin includes 13.8 square miles of land. The city was established in the late 17th century by Robert LaSalle together with 33 other explorers. Annually, Pekin hosts a marigold festival. Among the famous former or current residents of the city are included astronaut Scott D. Altman, artist Mark Staff Brandl, actress Susan Dey, radio host Larry Kenney and professional golfer D. A. Points.
Top Attractions within Pekin
Marigold Festival started in 1972 in honor of senator Everett Dirksen. He tried to have the flower named as the national flower and to support him, residents started planting marigolds. His campaign did not achieve the expected results, but Pekin became famous for this. Since then, each year in the first weekend after Labor Day, the Marigold Festival is an important event in town. It includes a parade, a pageant and cookouts. The event attracts each year thousands of tourists to the small city of Pekin.
Lick Creek Golf Course is a hilly golf course within Pekin, complimented by water hazards. The atmosphere of this public golf course is wonderful and a lot of locals consider it a favorite spot of Pekin. Inside the area of the course there is also a great restaurant and a bar serving the most delicious cocktails.
Tazewell County Historical Places is a museum inside which you can admire artifacts and items that tell the beautiful story of Pekin.
Twistee Treat is a building in shape of a cone of ice cream and the best place in Pekin to try the delicious dessert.