(Havana, IL) Can't find Cuban food or cafe Cubano here. But we're headed to Havana, nonetheless. Havana on the Illinois River, southwest of Peoria.
Holding them in your hand, they may not have the rubbery-texture of a Cuban Monte Cristo "Torpdedo." But I'm told the cigars rolled in Havana, Illinois were the next-best thing (if you didn't have ready access to quality Cubans).
This cigar label is one of dozens used by local tobacco companies that thrived in Havana.
According to the Havana Public Library, there were dozens of tobacco and cigar companies based here in the town of Havana.
Exactly who gave the town its name is a mystery. Local history is that an island in the Illinois river was shaped like the island of Cuba.
We'll take you down Main Street here in Havana, IL. Thursday night, on the WGN News at 9PM. Or watch the stories whenever you want at wgntv.com/cruisin