Havana is located in central Illinois in Mason County (of which it is the county seat) about 40 miles northwest of Springfield and 35 miles southwest of Peoria along U.S. Highway 136 on the banks of the Illinois River 5 miles south of Chautauqua Lake.
The town was incorporated in 1848 after first being platted in 1827. The first Europeans to see the area were Louis Joliet and Pere (Father) Jacques Marquette.
The area is blessed with several nature preserves including Chautauqua NWR and Sand Ridge State Forest. In addition, Havana is in the middle of a major flyway for migratory birds and allowed area hunters to supply fine Chicago restaurants with a rich harvest of waterfowl in the early 1900s.
For trivia buffs: Gangster Al Capone developed floating casinos on the river but the 14 gambling parlors were closed down by state troopers in a Halloween, 1953, raid.
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Carriage House | McNutt Guest House | Peacock House |
Illinois Counties Mason County |
Wildlife Viewing Meredosia NWR | THE Llama Farm |
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05/16 Coming to The area
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.
Quad City Pride Fest Davenport IA June1-2 The festival is a street fair, a shopping mecca, a non-stop cavalcade of regional entertainment, a carnival, an interactive arts & sports jubilee, a smorgasbord of summer treats, and an open air picnic with a few thousand close friends, all capped off with a night of fireworks and a “new-fashioned” revival!
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival Morris IL June8-9 Relax with the sweet sounds of hammered and mountain dulcimers at the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival. Gebhard Woods is a beautiful Illinois state park with trails to hike and ride on, rivers and streams to fish in, and plenty of great music to enjoy learning and listening to.