Introduction to Pekin, Illinois
Pekin, Illinois is 9 miles S of Peoria, Illinois (center to center) and 136 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Tazewell County. The city is part of the Peoria - Pekin metro area. The population of Pekin is 33,857.
Robert de LaSalle and his 33 fellow explorers landed in the present day city of Pekin in January, 1680. They built a winter refuge in this area. This region was once inhabited by the Pottawatomie Native Americans. In 1812, Pekin was the village of Lebourse Sulky. Jonathan Tharp, a farmer, was the first white settler of the area. In 1824, he built a log cabin in Pekin. The area was named after the city of Sun - Pekin, China.
Pekin and nearby Attractions
- Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Pettengill-Morron House Museum
- Glen Oak Zoo
- Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
- Miller Park Zo
Things To Do In Pekin
While in Pekin, you can plan a day trip to Everett Dirksen Park, James Park, Mineral Springs Park, John T McNaughton Park, Willow Park, and Blinkiron Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure time at Parkview Golf Course and Sunset Hills Golf Course. You can also visit the Pekin Public Library and the Tazewell County Historical Places to learn more about the history of the region. The Illinois Antique Center and the Glen Oak Zoo are nearby.
Greater Peoria Regional Airport is nearby.
Pekin Higher Education
Bradley University and Illinois Central College are close to the city.