Standing Up for Illinois - Office of Lt Governor Pat Quinn

Rolling On the River

The Illinois River

Continue your Rollin’ on the River tour to north central Illinois and the Main Street town of Pekin.

This town is situated along the Illinois River and is the county seat of Tazewell County.

With it's new Riverfront Plan, Pekin is a place everyone should visit.

The plan will include an interactive water feature, which will provide a shallow depth to encourage wading, touching of the boulders and splashing in the falls.

The plan will also include a fishing pier, a festival plaza, an event meadow along the river and several picnic areas. Also, don’t forget to check out the new river promenade/walkway. This 10’ walkway rests on the edge of the bluff overlooking the Illinois River. There will also be several beaches located alongside the walkway.

Travel southwest of Pekin to Cass County and the Illinois Main Street river town of Beardstown.  Founded by Thomas Beard around 1820, Beardstown sits on the Illinois River and was once a major port using the river to transport goods and livestock to central and southern Illinois. 

Take the time to visit the Beardstown River Museum (121 North State Street).  Here you can learn about early-Beardstown and view river artifacts.  The Beardstown River Museum is occupied in the same building as the Lincoln Courthouse Museum.

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Illinois Main Street Calendar

08/20/2008 5:30 p.m.
River District Historical Walking Tour - Meet at Millennium Fountain, 100 block of N. Water St.
Meet at Millennium Fountain, 100 block of N. Water St.
Patrons will take a walking tour of the business district East of the Rock River in Rockford's downtown. Tour starts at 5:30 pm and ends about 7:30 pm. Volunteer tour guides will tell each group about the history, architecture, and current business or residential trends in the area. Highlights include mostly commercial buildings, some residential and some adaptive reuse. Free. No reservation required.
River District Assoc., 815-964-6221,
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08/20/2008 7:00 pm
Concert on the Square - Historic Woodstock Square
Historic Woodstock Square
Bring lawnchairs or a blanket.
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