Chamber & Community Events
26th Annual Business & Community Recognition Luncheon
October 26, 2023
Each October, we celebrate the accomplishments of chamber members businesses and organizations and their employees. From remodeling projects or expansions to a major retraining effort, we take this time to recognize the efforts and successes of our membership.
See this year’s award recipients and our Business Leader, Small Business and Business of the Year award winners!
Community Not-for-Profit Summit
Please join us for an educational and inspirational gathering of not-for-profit organizations in the Pekin Area. Executive Directors as well as Board Members will benefit from the educational sessions, encouraging presenters, and networking opportunities.
January 16 - March 21st, 2024
The Pekin Chamber of Commerce announces the 26th annual R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy exists to identify, inform and educate existing and emerging leaders of the local community, and to motivate them towards leadership responsibilities by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of the local community.
The academy is held for 10 weeks, beginning on January 16th, 2024. The class usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The cost of the program is $600 ($500 for Chamber members).
We are proud to have The Dirksen Congressional Center sponsoring the academy, which not only covers expenses, but allows tuition grants where needed.
State of the City:
Bicentennial Celebration Kickoff Event
January 19th, 2024
Friday, January 19th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Pekin Moose Lodge.
Pekin Restaurant Week
February 5 - 9th, 2024
Pekin Restaurant Week is a 5-day celebration of Pekin’s culinary scene. We’re bringing together some of Pekin’s favorite places to savor! Support local and join us for a chance to win $100 in Chamber check, which can be used at our participating restaurants and retailers any day of the year.
Community Prayer Breakfast
March 8, 2024
In 2022 we hosted out first Community Prayer Breakfast. Area faith organizations, businesses and residents joined together for a time of fellowship, connection and reflection.
Mark your calendars for next year’s 3rd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast.
Each year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce gathers our membership to reflect on the year past and to look forward to the year ahead. Like many organizations, the annual meeting is a requirement of the bylaws, but it is so much more. We take pride in honoring the leadership of our organization and thanking them for their service to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, and the entire Pekin Area business community. This time of transition is used to reflect on the accomplishments we have achieved together and to look at our goals as we move forward supporting businesses and the Pekin community.
Honor America Celebration
July 4, 2024
The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 75th Annual “Honor America Celebration” fireworks display at Pekin Memorial Stadium. This beloved community event will be held at nightfall July 4th, with a rain date of the following evening. Detailed information regarding tickets, pre-show entertainment and concessions can be found below. We can’t wait to see you there! Be sure to check out this year’s celebration sponsors who make this annual tradition possible!
Miss Marigold Pageant
August 12, 2023
The Miss Marigold Pageant focuses on awarding scholarship money to savvy, goal oriented, aware young women from our community. Contestants will compete in the areas of interview, community service, on-stage question, talent and evening gown.
The young woman chosen to reign over this year’s festival will receive a $2,500 scholarship and have an active role in a variety of community events throughout her year-long term. Additional scholarships are awarded for the First Runner Up, Miss Congeniality, and more.
Marigold Golf Outing
August 31, 2023
The Marigold Golf Outing is held each year and is enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. Networking, community connection and a friendly competition make this event one that you do not want to miss. Join us on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Lick Creek Golf Course for a day of fun.
Hole sponsorships are just $150. Other sponsorship packages are also available. Contact Amy@PekinChamber.com for more information.
Pekin Marigold Festival
September 7-10th, 2023
The first Pekin Marigold Festival was held in 1973 to honor Pekin’s favorite son, Everett McKinley Dirksen. Dirksen continues to be honored each year at the festival. Families are encouraged to visit the Dirksen statue located in Mineral Springs Park. While in Congress, Senator Dirksen, at the strong urging of David Burpee from the Burpee Seed Company, tried to make the marigold the national floral emblem. In support of Dirksen, the community began growing marigolds. While Dirksen was unsuccessful in his efforts to make the marigold the national floral emblem, Pekin claimed the title of Marigold Capital of the World.
Over the years the Marigold Festival has grown from a small event around the courthouse in downtown Pekin to a community-wide festival that attracts thousands of people over a number of days and locations.
The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival Committee is looking forward to our annual Pekin Marigold Festival traditions. Always the weekend after Labor Day – this year’s festival events will be held on September 7-10, 2023.