Spark! Places of Innovation Exhibition in Havana, IL

Downtown Havana

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Jan 13 – Feb 17, 2024
Wednesday - Sunday. Times vary.


Havana City Center
326 W Market St
Havana, IL 62644


Open to the public

Exhibition Hours and Location

  • Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Havana City Center, 326 West Market Street, Havana, IL
This exhibition and related activities are hosted by the Havana Area Chamber of Commerce
For information on exhibition hours, tours, and local events, please call (309) 431-1391.
Havana Site Specific SM Tiles Square Downtown Havana

About Spark! in Havana

Experience Spark! Places of Innovation and Havana’s companion exhibition detailing the diversity and exploitation of the Illinois River Valley, featuring research from the University of Illinois Forbes Biological Station and Illinois River Biological Station. The exhibit will also showcase the innovative ways Havana has reinvented itself and restored its historic Downtown to transform its business community and grow its tourism industry.

The companion exhibit also features the innovative ways Havana has reinvented itself and restored its historic Downtown thereby transforming its business community, growing its tourism industry, and creating a vibrant hub for social gathering, shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and arts and culture.

In addition to the companion exhibit, Havana has many local events planned such as art shows, informational talks and presentations, historic architectural walking tours, live music, and so much more! A full calendar of events is available here.

Plan your visit to experience Havana and Spark! during their Fulton-Mason Eagle Day celebration on Saturday, February 3, 2024. If you can’t make it that weekend, no worries! There’s much to do, see, and experience in Havana throughout the year. Learn more at

Havana Downtown activity

Activity in downtown Havana

Havana Oktoberfest Crowd1

Oktoberfest crowd

Havana Riverfront Summer Concert Band

Riverfront Summer Concert with the Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes band

Spark! Places of Innovation is presented in partnership with the Havana Area Chamber of Commerce, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Illinois Humanities.

About Spark! Places of Innovation

Spark! Places of Innovation, part of Illinois Humanities’ Museum on Main Street program, is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that highlights innovation in rural America from the perspectives of people who have lived it. Their words, images, and experiences, gathered through an ambitious crowdsourcing initiative, are the heartbeat of the exhibition. The communities featured in Spark! – including seven small towns in Illinois – have enhanced their vitality through innovations in fields such as technology, agriculture, economic development, education, and the arts. Explore the diversity, ingenuity, and tenacity of rural Americans in Spark! Places of Innovation.

Spark! will visit seven towns in Illinois from June 17, 2023, to March 29, 2024.

Plan Your Visit!

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