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Matteson

 

About

The Matteson Community is nestled in with other south Chicago suburban neighborhoods with great schools, homes, and programs for residents. With its own Matteson Metra Station, residents in the suburb have direct access to Downtown Chicago jobs, entertainment, museums, and colleges.

Matteson Schools include your pick between excellent public schools or private schools, both with great and dedicated teachers and engaging after school programs. Local colleges and universities like Governor's State University bring young college students to the area or become a great way for a higher education without leaving home and paying for expensive dorms.

Other local attraction include movie theaters and shopping centers like Lincoln Mall Shopping Center, one of the biggest shopping centers in the area and home to many designer retail shops and department stores. Matteson Restaurants include more than your typical fast food and greasy food joints, but also steak houses, fine Asian cuisine, and plenty of options for hungry families who want quality and fresh food.

Matteson Nightlife include sports bars and friendly neighborhood taverns with events every weekend and daily drink and food specials that make a night out affordable and fun. Matteson Parks are another great attraction to the area and offer recreation and fun activities for families and people of all ages as well as great fitness programs.

Matteson is a great and safe suburb for raising a family or perfect for college students looking for affordable housing. The beautiful Matteson Homes are a great investment for a family looking for safe but a culturally diverse community with friendly neighbors and great things like the Matteson Community Center.

TopLocation

Matteson is located in both Will County and southern Cook County and approximately 26 miles south of the Chicago Loop. Matteson is located east of Interstate 57 and south of Interstate 80.

Nearby towns and suburbs include Richton Park, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Frankfort Square, Flossmoor, Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights, and Hazel Crest.

TopInformation

Population (2000)
Total 12,928

White 32.7%
Black 62.6%
Asian 1.6%
Hispanic 3.4%
Other 3%

Source US Census

TopHistory

The Matteson community began in the mid 1850’s when German settlers created a small village near the junction of the Michigan Central Railroad and the Illinois Central Railroad. The community was named after Joel Matteson, the current state Governor and incorporated in 1889 with a population less than 500.

The area mostly consisted of agriculture and farmers and the population grew to over 3,000 residents by 1960 and over 10,000 by 1980. The village annexed a lot of the local residential subdivision over the years making it larger and allowing the population to spread out among the land.

In the 1970’s, the population was mainly white, but by 1990, half the population consisted of African-American families. The village gained media coverage in the 1990’s when it began to advertise for more white people to move to Matteson, hoping to maintain it’s racial diversity rather than letting the community become entirely African-American.

Attractions to the area include the Metra Electric Commuter Train Line which is located near Interstate 57 and Lincoln Highway. In 1973, the Lincoln Mall was built and is the primary shopping center for Matteson as well as many of the neighboring suburbs in southern Cook County.

The downtown area of the village that is the oldest is often referred to as Main Street or Old Matteson and reflects the feel and look of a traditional village. Matteson created the Village Commons with a village hall and bridge crossing over Interstate 57 in the 1990’s.

TopReal Estate

Matteson Homes for Sale range in list price from $50,000 to $550,000 and have a median value of $135,100. Matteson Homes come in all shapes, sizes, and styles including many split level, ranch, and country style homes with front porches, large green yards, spacious bedrooms, bay windows, and other beautiful features.

Matteson Townhouses are another great option for buying a home in the community and are priced between $40,000 and $230,000. Townhouses include great features like private parking garages and spaces, private balconies, low association costs, and in close proximity to lakes and parks.

Another great option for homes in the area includes Matteson Condos which cost anywhere from $50,000 and $180,000. Condos are great for college students and newly wed couples and include private parking, balconies, eat-in kitchens, fireplaces, secured entryways, updated appliances, and within close walking distance of the Lake Bluff Metra Station.

TopTransportation

The Matteson Walkscore rates the community 57% and somewhat walkable. Most residents rely on cars as their main mode of transportation, however, Metra Trains and Pace Bus Routes provide affordable public transportation to other suburbs and downtown Chicago.

A great option to commuters to downtown Chicago is the Metra Electric Line Trains which run daily commuter trains through Matteson everyday. The Matteson Metra Station provides daily parking spaces and a waiting room for bad or cold weather. Metra Trains are perfect for daily work commutes or a fun trip to the city for entertainment or museum visits.

Another great option for getting around is Pace Bus Route 357 - Lincoln Highway. Route 357 connects to many other bus routes and goes to popular places like Lincoln Mall, Sam’s Club, Matteson Metra Station, and St. James Hospital.

TopSchools

Matteson Schools include a great public school district as well as a variety of private schools and high schools dedicated to the highest quality of education and college preparation. Local colleges like Governors State University‎ provide excellent opportunity for higher education and bachelors degrees without a long commute.

Area Colleges / Universities
Governors State University‎ 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484 (708) 534-5000.
Prairie State College 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 (708) 709-3500.
DeVry University‎ 18624 West Creek Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477 (708) 342-3300.
South Suburban College 15800 State Street, South Holland, IL 60473 (708) 596-2000.

Matteson Public Schools
Matteson School District 162 4601 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL 60471 (708) 748-0100.
Arcadia Elementary School (K-4) 20519 Arcadian Way Olympia Fields, IL 60461 (708) 747-3535.
O.W. Huth Middle School (7-8) 3718 West 213th Place Matteson, IL 60443 (708) 748-0470.
Illinois School (PK-8) 210 Illinois Street Park, Forest, IL 60466 (708) 747-0301.
Indiana Elementary School (4-6) 165 Indiana Street Park Forest, IL 60466 (708) 747-5300.
Matteson Elementary School (K-4) 21245 Main Street, Matteson, IL 60443 (708) 748-0480.
Richton Square School (PK-K) 22700 Richton Square Road, Richton Park, IL 60471 (708) 283-2706.
Sauk Elementary School (4-6) 4435 Churchill Drive, Richton Park, IL 60471 (708) 747-2660.
Homewood-Flossmoor High School (9-12) 999 Kedzie Avenue, Flossmoor, IL 60422 (708) 799-3000.

Matteson Private Schools
Zion Lutheran School‎ (PK-8) 3840 216th Street, Matteson, IL 60443 (708) 747-7490.
South Suburban Christian Academy (PK-8)‎ 4200 Maple Avenue, Matteson, IL 60443 (708) 748-0327.
Matteson KinderCare‎ 18 South Central Avenue, Matteson, IL 60443 (708) 720-1920.
St. Mary School‎ (PK-8) 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL 60466 (708) 748-6686.
Marian Catholic High School‎ (9-12) 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 (708) 755-7565.

TopNightlife

Matteson Nightlife includes many fun and casual sports bars and neighborhood taverns that provide the perfect place for relaxing with friends or celebrating a special occasion. Many of the local bars include daily drink specials, karaoke, and friendly locals and bartenders.

Freeh’s Again (21520 Main Street, Matteson, IL 60443 708-747-8810) is the perfect place to relax, order a beer, and watch sports on TV with friends. Their kitchen serves a basic bar menu with delicious burgers and is located right across from the Metra Station, perfect for commuters after a long day of work.

Another local hangout is at Bocce’s Sports Bar and Grill (3909 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, IL 60443 708-748-8080). Another great sports bar, Booce’s often hosts comedy nights on the weekend and is a quiet place for drinks on weekdays and serves delicious food like buffalo wings and burgers. They also have a jukebox with tons of music and friendly bartenders and staff.

TopEntertainment

Matteson Shopping offers plenty of commercial and retail shops mainly centered in Lincoln Mall. The Mall includes plenty of free parking, children’s play area, department stores, and a food court. Local bus routes provide transportation to the mall and it’s the perfect place to complete all your holiday shopping.

A great place for family entertainment is at Marcus Chicago Heights Movie Theater. The Marcus Theater includes 14 auditoriums, $2 tickets on Tuesdays, concession stand with buttery popcorn, private party rooms for birthday celebrations, stadium seating, and tons of other great features that make every movie screening fun and enjoyable.

TopRestaurants

Matteson Restaurants includes many different types of dining establishments including Asian cuisines, fast food, pizza places, and steak houses. Many of the places offer casual dine-in, delivery, and carryout restaurants.

A. Fusion (4601 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, IL 60443 708-748-9893) is one of the places that offers great quality foods and a unique dining experience. A. Fusion is one of the only places in the south suburbs that has Hibatchi and a lunch time sushi buffet. Their menu includes a mixture of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese dishes and sides.

Another great place for family dining is at JN Michael’s Restaurant (5000 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, IL 60443 708-481-3364).  JN’s is known for the quiet family diner that makes its food from scratch and has a bakery of delicious breads and treats. JN’s also has facilities to host private parties or can cater your family parties at home. They also serve breakfast, soul food, family style dinners, and plenty of carry-out options.

TopFestivals/Parks

Matteson Festivals include many local and neighboring suburban festivals and carnivals that are located very close to residents in Matteson. The Hazel Crest Hazelnut Festival includes a parade, live music, and tons of fun games and entertainment. Another celebration includes the Hazel Crest Black History Month Celebration and include live music, poetry readings, and artist’s showcases. Other festivals include the Homewood Chocolate Fest, or Oak Fest celebrated in Oak Forest every Fourth of July.

Another great attraction to the area is the Matteson Parks and other great outdoor areas provided by the Matteson Recreational Division. Whether you want to walk or run on forest trails, let the children play on a playground, enroll into fitness programs for adults or kids, many of these great features can be found with the Park District and at Matteson Parks.

 
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