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19 Apartments for rent in Pekin, IL

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2433 Lakeshore Dr., Apt. 2
2433 Lakeshore Drive
Pekin, IL | North of Broadway
2 Bedrooms
$800
900 sqft
Last updated August 4 at 01:02 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 2433 Lakeshore Dr., Apt. 2 in Pekin. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
1203 Summer St 3
1203 Summer Street
Pekin, IL
1 Bedroom
$600
1000 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 11:06 AM
Newly Remodeled Single Bedroom Apartment - Property Id: 393 Newly remodeled cute single bedroom, upstairs, apartment. This unit is one of three units in the home. Nice neighborhood with great neighbors. Apply at TurboTenant: http://turbo.
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1 Unit Available
408 Highland, Apt. 4
408 N Highland St
Creve Coeur, IL
2 Bedrooms
$695
750 sqft
Last updated August 4 at 01:02 PM
2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom - Upstairs - 1 Stall Garage - Refrigerator - Stove - Washer/Dryer Hookups - Deck No Section 8 No Pets No Smoking 309-685-9299 Link to Rental Application: https://lodgingandroadhouse.managebuilding.
Results within 10 miles of Pekin
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2 Units Available
Golfview Apartments
2317 W Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Peoria, IL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$550
780 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Welcome home to Golfview Apartments! Nestled near the heart of Peoria, but just far enough away to enjoy the scenic views. You’ll love being close to it all, while being able to have your own little get-away right at home.
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1 Unit Available
Parkview Townhomes
2100 W Otley Rd
West Peoria, IL
3 Bedrooms
$695
1100 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Welcome home to Parkview Townhomes! Combined with the affordability, amenities and convenience that you need to give you the comfort you deserve. You'll love being closet to it all, while being able to have you own little get-away right at home.
1 Unit Available
2719 West Reservoir Boulevard
2719 West Reservoir Boulevard
Peoria, IL | Lexington Park
1 Bedroom
$490
425 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:41 PM
The Atrium offers affordable living in a location convenient to restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, and a bus route. Water/Sewer/Trash included in rent. Coin Laundry. No pets. Contact us to schedule a showing.
1 Unit Available
104 Cougar Lane
104 Couger Lane
East Peoria, IL
1 Bedroom
$525
700 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 104 Cougar Lane in East Peoria. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
839 Kim Moor Road - 1
839 South Kim-Moor Avenue
Peoria County, IL
1 Bedroom
$525
1200 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
This one bedroom apartment has plenty of space. It has a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and utility room with washer/dryer hookups. This apartment in a great private location.
1 Unit Available
1303 E Nebraska Ave
1303 East Nebraska Avenue
Peoria, IL | Glen Oak Park
4 Bedrooms
$656
2042 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:42 AM
$656 PER MONTH!! RENT TO OWN!! GREAT FIXER UPPER!! - Property Id: 374183 1303 East Nebraska Ave.,Peoria, IL 61603 2042 sq feet.
1 Unit Available
2624 N Prospect
2624 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL
2 Bedrooms
$775
1200 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:42 AM
2 Bedroom/1 Bath Home For Lease - This charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home is for lease in Peoria, Illinois. Great location for walking. Near Luthy Botanical Gardens and Peoria Zoo. Large living room, large kitchen.
1 Unit Available
714 W. Nowland
714 West Nowland Avenue
Peoria, IL
3 Bedrooms
$750
968 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:41 AM
??UPDATED 3 Bedroom 1 Bath?? - This updated 3 bedroom 1 bath is ready for someone to call home. Newly remodeled home central A/C and furnace. Centrally located in the heart of Peoria. Eat-in kitchen featuring new backsplash and oak cabinets.
1 Unit Available
1920 W. Martin
1920 West Martin Street
Peoria, IL
4 Bedrooms
$750
980 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:41 AM
4 Bedrooms in Quiet Neighborhood! Section 8 Accepted. - Where else can you find 3-4 bedrooms in this price range? Clean, cozy home with stove and refrigerator, located in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to bus routes and ammenities.
1 Unit Available
123 SW JEFFERSON Street
123 Southwest Jefferson Avenue
Peoria, IL | Downtown Peoria
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$985
1416 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 04:00 PM
WELCOME HOME TO 123 JEFFERSON HOME OF TWIN TOWERS PLACE. FEATURING A 24 HOUR FRONT DOOR / DESK ATTENDANT. CLEANING SERVICE & UNDERGROUND PARKING AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL COST. THIS 6TH FLOOR 2 BEDROOM 1 FULL BATH UNIT HAS FRESH PAINT & CARPET.
1 Unit Available
4616 N WEAVERRIDGE Boulevard
4616 North Weaverridge Boulevard
Peoria, IL | Weaverridge
3 Bedrooms
$2,300
2300 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:00 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 4616 N WEAVERRIDGE Boulevard in Peoria. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
2919 W. Kingston
2919 West Kingston Court
Peoria, IL | Wardcliffe
4 Bedrooms
$1,500
2080 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:37 AM
Available 06/01/20 Large space friendly quiet neighborhood. - Property Id: 257945 New roof 2015, fully repainted inside & out, & fully-applianced kitchen-with pantry-appliances remain including W/D . Hard wood floors & open staircase.
1 Unit Available
514 W Willcox
514 West Willcox Avenue
Peoria, IL
2 Bedrooms
$645
1518 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
Newly remodeled 2 bedroom home - Newly remodeled 2 bedroom 1 bath home. New flooring in living room and newly painted. Absolutely move in ready condition. Central air. Appliances are included but not warranted. Small animals will be considered.
1 Unit Available
4012 N 12 Oaks Dr
4012 North Twelve Oaks Drive
Peoria, IL
3 Bedrooms
$900
1014 sqft
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
3 bedroom/1 bath available now!!! - Beautiful 3 Bed/1 Bath remodeled home available for lease immediately. New wooden style vinyl flooring. Comes with fridge and stove. Washer/Dryer hookups. Central heat. Window AC. Fenced back yard.
1 Unit Available
3021 W Lake Ave, Cottage 4
3021 W Lake Ave
Peoria, IL | Golden Acres
2 Bedrooms
$1,350
1100 sqft
Last updated April 4 at 07:05 AM
Charming 4 year old, two story, cottage style, open floor plan, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath house in new development near Northwoods/Westlake Shopping Centers. Quick access to I-74 and all businesses in Sterling Ave Shopping corridor.
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How much is rent in Pekin?
In Pekin, the median rent is $487 for a studio, $561 for a 1-bedroom, $719 for a 2-bedroom, and $912 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Pekin, check out our monthly Pekin Rent Report.
How much is rent in Pekin?
In Pekin, the median rent is $487 for a studio, $561 for a 1-bedroom, $719 for a 2-bedroom, and $912 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Pekin, check out our monthly Pekin Rent Report.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Pekin?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
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While some Pekin properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Pekin properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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How can I find off-campus housing in Pekin?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Pekin. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Bradley University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Springfield, and Heartland Community College.
How can I find off-campus housing in Pekin?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Pekin. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Bradley University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Springfield, and Heartland Community College.

Median Rent in Pekin

Last updated Dec. 2014
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Pekin is $561, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $719.
Studio
$487
1 Bed
$561
2 Beds
$719
City GuidePekin
"I wanna be your kingpin, Living in Pekin, I wanna be your bigwig, Living in Pekin" (-- Wilco, "Kingpin")
"I wanna be your kingpin, Living in Pekin, I wanna be your bigwig, Living in Pekin" (-- Wilco, "Kingpin")

Not to be confused with the city in China, Pekin, Illinois has a small-town feel yet offers pretty much everything you need to live well. It is popular with families and people who like the rural ambiance. Just don’t expect a whole lot of action here, or even in neighboring Peoria. For that, you’ll need to make the two-hour trek to Chicago or St. Louis.

All About Pekin

What'll It Cost?

Living in the sticks has one main advantage: the rent is super very low. There are some truly amazing deals to be had in this town, and you can get a stylin pad for the same rent as a run-down shack in Chicago. A studio apartment for rent in Pekin won't set you back too much. It should actually be a bit less than the rest of Illinois, if you find a good spot. If you are willing to splurge a bit more (a few hundred bucks more, sometimes), you can often find two bedroom apartments that'll treat you right.

What About Pets?

Pekin is still a rural place, and animals are usually welcomed in houses and apartments. Since you can rent an entire house with a yard at a low rate, get a place where rover can have a fenced-in backyard to enjoy.

What You Need

The majority of the homes for rent are landlord managed, which tends to make the renting process easier. A neat appearance goes a long way, as do some decent references and a job.

When to Start Looking

You can get a better feel for the town in the spring and summer, when the sun is out, the flowers and trees come back to life, and families are out and about. Having said that, you can move in anytime. Start your search for apartments in Pekin at least a month before you want to move since the town is pretty small and turnover tends to be on the low side.

All About Pekin
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What'll It Cost?

Living in the sticks has one main advantage: the rent is super very low. There are some truly amazing deals to be had in this town, and you can get a stylin pad for the same rent as a run-down shack in Chicago. A studio apartment for rent in Pekin won't set you back too much. It should actually be a bit less than the rest of Illinois, if you find a good spot. If you are willing to splurge a bit more (a few hundred bucks more, sometimes), you can often find two bedroom apartments that'll treat you right.

What About Pets?

Pekin is still a rural place, and animals are usually welcomed in houses and apartments. Since you can rent an entire house with a yard at a low rate, get a place where rover can have a fenced-in backyard to enjoy.

What You Need

The majority of the homes for rent are landlord managed, which tends to make the renting process easier. A neat appearance goes a long way, as do some decent references and a job.

When to Start Looking

You can get a better feel for the town in the spring and summer, when the sun is out, the flowers and trees come back to life, and families are out and about. Having said that, you can move in anytime. Start your search for apartments in Pekin at least a month before you want to move since the town is pretty small and turnover tends to be on the low side.

Pekin Neighborhoods

Washington Street: This neighborhood is just a couple of blocks from downtown and has a lot of historical mansions still standing. There arent too many places left in the country where you can live in a 150-year-old six bedroom home for the same price as you’d pay for a cramped apartment in a big city.

East Pekin: This east-of-town area is golf course central. If living on the green is your cup of tea, then this is where you want to be. Here you can eat breakfast on your porch, walk down the steps, and tee off.

Myers Lake: This southeast-of-town neighborhood has the advantage of being right on a cool little lake. If you search for rental homes on Westshore Drive or Rosewood Lane, you can have your very own dock. Before you get too excited, though, this lake is pretty small. You can swim across it in a few minutes, and there are plenty of other people to share it with.

Lakeside:Just north of the downtown area along Pekin Lake, you'll find another cool neighborhood. There are plenty of tree-lined streets with single family homes, duplexes, and apartments to be found here. One of the best things about living in this neighborhood is the proximity to Pekin Lake and Illinois River. There are no lakefront homes with private docks here.

Pekin Neighborhoods
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Washington Street: This neighborhood is just a couple of blocks from downtown and has a lot of historical mansions still standing. There arent too many places left in the country where you can live in a 150-year-old six bedroom home for the same price as you’d pay for a cramped apartment in a big city.

East Pekin: This east-of-town area is golf course central. If living on the green is your cup of tea, then this is where you want to be. Here you can eat breakfast on your porch, walk down the steps, and tee off.

Myers Lake: This southeast-of-town neighborhood has the advantage of being right on a cool little lake. If you search for rental homes on Westshore Drive or Rosewood Lane, you can have your very own dock. Before you get too excited, though, this lake is pretty small. You can swim across it in a few minutes, and there are plenty of other people to share it with.

Lakeside:Just north of the downtown area along Pekin Lake, you'll find another cool neighborhood. There are plenty of tree-lined streets with single family homes, duplexes, and apartments to be found here. One of the best things about living in this neighborhood is the proximity to Pekin Lake and Illinois River. There are no lakefront homes with private docks here.

Life in Pekin

Although Pekin is too far away for a timely commute to either Chicago or St. Louis, you can zip up to Peoria in about 10 minutes. This part of Illinois is home to a whole slew of companies, which is where most of the residents work. The people of Pekin enjoy their small-town lives, with rural Illinois literally right outside of town.

Get a Car

Unless you are content to wander the small downtown area, you will need a car. Public transportation is nowhere to be found here, but you can get around the area by bike if that's your thing.

Fun and Even More Fun

Most of the activities in Pekin revolve around enjoying the outdoors, at least in the summer. Swim or kayak in one of the lakes, take a run along the river, or play golf. There is the Dragonland Water Park, which is pretty decent for a town this small. As for the nightlife, Pekin pretty much shuts down after dinner, so those looking for more entertainment than what Netflix has to offer will need to head up the road to Peoria.

Food Options

Being right in the middle of rural America, Pekin doesn’t stray too far from the usual mid-west fare. There are some locally owned cafes in town as well as a few restaurants dishing up a little more exotic cuisine. Of course, there are also plenty of fast-food chains.

Festivals

Pekin puts on the Marigold Festival every year around Labor Day. The name sounds pretty dull, but it is actually a lot of fun. It draws crowds of over 100,000, and has a carnival, a 5k race, and lots of other good stuff. Other nearby events include the Washington Cherry Festival and the Festival of Lights.

Life in Pekin
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Although Pekin is too far away for a timely commute to either Chicago or St. Louis, you can zip up to Peoria in about 10 minutes. This part of Illinois is home to a whole slew of companies, which is where most of the residents work. The people of Pekin enjoy their small-town lives, with rural Illinois literally right outside of town.

Get a Car

Unless you are content to wander the small downtown area, you will need a car. Public transportation is nowhere to be found here, but you can get around the area by bike if that's your thing.

Fun and Even More Fun

Most of the activities in Pekin revolve around enjoying the outdoors, at least in the summer. Swim or kayak in one of the lakes, take a run along the river, or play golf. There is the Dragonland Water Park, which is pretty decent for a town this small. As for the nightlife, Pekin pretty much shuts down after dinner, so those looking for more entertainment than what Netflix has to offer will need to head up the road to Peoria.

Food Options

Being right in the middle of rural America, Pekin doesn’t stray too far from the usual mid-west fare. There are some locally owned cafes in town as well as a few restaurants dishing up a little more exotic cuisine. Of course, there are also plenty of fast-food chains.

Festivals

Pekin puts on the Marigold Festival every year around Labor Day. The name sounds pretty dull, but it is actually a lot of fun. It draws crowds of over 100,000, and has a carnival, a 5k race, and lots of other good stuff. Other nearby events include the Washington Cherry Festival and the Festival of Lights.

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City GuidePekin
"I wanna be your kingpin, Living in Pekin, I wanna be your bigwig, Living in Pekin" (-- Wilco, "Kingpin")
"I wanna be your kingpin, Living in Pekin, I wanna be your bigwig, Living in Pekin" (-- Wilco, "Kingpin")

Not to be confused with the city in China, Pekin, Illinois has a small-town feel yet offers pretty much everything you need to live well. It is popular with families and people who like the rural ambiance. Just don’t expect a whole lot of action here, or even in neighboring Peoria. For that, you’ll need to make the two-hour trek to Chicago or St. Louis.

All About Pekin

What'll It Cost?

Living in the sticks has one main advantage: the rent is super very low. There are some truly amazing deals to be had in this town, and you can get a stylin pad for the same rent as a run-down shack in Chicago. A studio apartment for rent in Pekin won't set you back too much. It should actually be a bit less than the rest of Illinois, if you find a good spot. If you are willing to splurge a bit more (a few hundred bucks more, sometimes), you can often find two bedroom apartments that'll treat you right.

What About Pets?

Pekin is still a rural place, and animals are usually welcomed in houses and apartments. Since you can rent an entire house with a yard at a low rate, get a place where rover can have a fenced-in backyard to enjoy.

What You Need

The majority of the homes for rent are landlord managed, which tends to make the renting process easier. A neat appearance goes a long way, as do some decent references and a job.

When to Start Looking

You can get a better feel for the town in the spring and summer, when the sun is out, the flowers and trees come back to life, and families are out and about. Having said that, you can move in anytime. Start your search for apartments in Pekin at least a month before you want to move since the town is pretty small and turnover tends to be on the low side.

All About Pekin
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What'll It Cost?

Living in the sticks has one main advantage: the rent is super very low. There are some truly amazing deals to be had in this town, and you can get a stylin pad for the same rent as a run-down shack in Chicago. A studio apartment for rent in Pekin won't set you back too much. It should actually be a bit less than the rest of Illinois, if you find a good spot. If you are willing to splurge a bit more (a few hundred bucks more, sometimes), you can often find two bedroom apartments that'll treat you right.

What About Pets?

Pekin is still a rural place, and animals are usually welcomed in houses and apartments. Since you can rent an entire house with a yard at a low rate, get a place where rover can have a fenced-in backyard to enjoy.

What You Need

The majority of the homes for rent are landlord managed, which tends to make the renting process easier. A neat appearance goes a long way, as do some decent references and a job.

When to Start Looking

You can get a better feel for the town in the spring and summer, when the sun is out, the flowers and trees come back to life, and families are out and about. Having said that, you can move in anytime. Start your search for apartments in Pekin at least a month before you want to move since the town is pretty small and turnover tends to be on the low side.

Pekin Neighborhoods

Washington Street: This neighborhood is just a couple of blocks from downtown and has a lot of historical mansions still standing. There arent too many places left in the country where you can live in a 150-year-old six bedroom home for the same price as you’d pay for a cramped apartment in a big city.

East Pekin: This east-of-town area is golf course central. If living on the green is your cup of tea, then this is where you want to be. Here you can eat breakfast on your porch, walk down the steps, and tee off.

Myers Lake: This southeast-of-town neighborhood has the advantage of being right on a cool little lake. If you search for rental homes on Westshore Drive or Rosewood Lane, you can have your very own dock. Before you get too excited, though, this lake is pretty small. You can swim across it in a few minutes, and there are plenty of other people to share it with.

Lakeside:Just north of the downtown area along Pekin Lake, you'll find another cool neighborhood. There are plenty of tree-lined streets with single family homes, duplexes, and apartments to be found here. One of the best things about living in this neighborhood is the proximity to Pekin Lake and Illinois River. There are no lakefront homes with private docks here.

Pekin Neighborhoods
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Washington Street: This neighborhood is just a couple of blocks from downtown and has a lot of historical mansions still standing. There arent too many places left in the country where you can live in a 150-year-old six bedroom home for the same price as you’d pay for a cramped apartment in a big city.

East Pekin: This east-of-town area is golf course central. If living on the green is your cup of tea, then this is where you want to be. Here you can eat breakfast on your porch, walk down the steps, and tee off.

Myers Lake: This southeast-of-town neighborhood has the advantage of being right on a cool little lake. If you search for rental homes on Westshore Drive or Rosewood Lane, you can have your very own dock. Before you get too excited, though, this lake is pretty small. You can swim across it in a few minutes, and there are plenty of other people to share it with.

Lakeside:Just north of the downtown area along Pekin Lake, you'll find another cool neighborhood. There are plenty of tree-lined streets with single family homes, duplexes, and apartments to be found here. One of the best things about living in this neighborhood is the proximity to Pekin Lake and Illinois River. There are no lakefront homes with private docks here.

Life in Pekin

Although Pekin is too far away for a timely commute to either Chicago or St. Louis, you can zip up to Peoria in about 10 minutes. This part of Illinois is home to a whole slew of companies, which is where most of the residents work. The people of Pekin enjoy their small-town lives, with rural Illinois literally right outside of town.

Get a Car

Unless you are content to wander the small downtown area, you will need a car. Public transportation is nowhere to be found here, but you can get around the area by bike if that's your thing.

Fun and Even More Fun

Most of the activities in Pekin revolve around enjoying the outdoors, at least in the summer. Swim or kayak in one of the lakes, take a run along the river, or play golf. There is the Dragonland Water Park, which is pretty decent for a town this small. As for the nightlife, Pekin pretty much shuts down after dinner, so those looking for more entertainment than what Netflix has to offer will need to head up the road to Peoria.

Food Options

Being right in the middle of rural America, Pekin doesn’t stray too far from the usual mid-west fare. There are some locally owned cafes in town as well as a few restaurants dishing up a little more exotic cuisine. Of course, there are also plenty of fast-food chains.

Festivals

Pekin puts on the Marigold Festival every year around Labor Day. The name sounds pretty dull, but it is actually a lot of fun. It draws crowds of over 100,000, and has a carnival, a 5k race, and lots of other good stuff. Other nearby events include the Washington Cherry Festival and the Festival of Lights.

Life in Pekin
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Although Pekin is too far away for a timely commute to either Chicago or St. Louis, you can zip up to Peoria in about 10 minutes. This part of Illinois is home to a whole slew of companies, which is where most of the residents work. The people of Pekin enjoy their small-town lives, with rural Illinois literally right outside of town.

Get a Car

Unless you are content to wander the small downtown area, you will need a car. Public transportation is nowhere to be found here, but you can get around the area by bike if that's your thing.

Fun and Even More Fun

Most of the activities in Pekin revolve around enjoying the outdoors, at least in the summer. Swim or kayak in one of the lakes, take a run along the river, or play golf. There is the Dragonland Water Park, which is pretty decent for a town this small. As for the nightlife, Pekin pretty much shuts down after dinner, so those looking for more entertainment than what Netflix has to offer will need to head up the road to Peoria.

Food Options

Being right in the middle of rural America, Pekin doesn’t stray too far from the usual mid-west fare. There are some locally owned cafes in town as well as a few restaurants dishing up a little more exotic cuisine. Of course, there are also plenty of fast-food chains.

Festivals

Pekin puts on the Marigold Festival every year around Labor Day. The name sounds pretty dull, but it is actually a lot of fun. It draws crowds of over 100,000, and has a carnival, a 5k race, and lots of other good stuff. Other nearby events include the Washington Cherry Festival and the Festival of Lights.