All About Chatham
Chatham is a village in Sangamon County, Illinois, United States. It is located 2.8 miles south of Springfield and has a retail trade area that extends into four other municipalities, including Springfield. The population was 11,500 as of the 2010 census and estimated to be 11,946 as of 2012. The village lies along the original alignment of historic U.S. Route 66 (Illinois Route 4).
Chatham is part of the Springfield, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham,_Illinois)
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Chatham seeks to establish, maintain and enhance the community’s park settings and recreational opportunities. In 2010 the Village initiated the first Public Parks and Recreation Commission. An appointed volunteer commission tasked with promoting and encouraging Chatham Parks ans Recreation programs. (source: https://www.chathamil.net/parks-and-rec-locations)
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Fulgenzi’s Trattoria and Catering
Fulgenzi’s Trattoria features an traditional Italian menu and venue for dinner dates, family gatherings, or large group parties. Fulgenzi’s menu also includes an array of favorites from delicious homemade pizzas to the best steaks in town.
Fat Willys Bar & Grill
The best horseshoes in town!!
Places of Interest:
- Chatham Railroad Museum (1902)
- Caldwell Farmstead (National Register of Historical Places)
- Interurban Trail, a mixed-use rails-to-trails trail, (Chatham and Woodside townships, 4.75 mi (7.64 km). in length)
- Sugar Creek Covered Bridge is located 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Chatham. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham,_Illinois#Places_of_interest)
Education in Chatham
About Chatham Educational System
Chatham is part of the Ball-Chatham School District, which includes Glenwood High School, three elementary schools, an Intermediate School, and a middle school. Chatham was one of five area schools awarded the Bright Star Award for educational excellence at the elementary and high school level. The website for these schools can be found at Chatham Schools Website.
Glenwood High School
Glenwood High School is a public high school in Chatham, Illinois. It is the only high school of Ball Chatham Community Unit School District 5, which is in southern Sangamon County and includes Chatham, Glenarm, and the southern portion of Springfield, Illinois. As of 2014, Glenwood High School had 1,388 students and an average class size of 18.
The Caldwell School was a combination grade school and high school built in 1895, paid for by local resident Ben Franklin Caldwell, who later became a state representative and state senator in the Illinois General Assembly and afterwards a congressman. The 1895 schoolhouse burnt down in 1904, and a new one built in 1905. Chatham High School, operating in this Cadlwell School, was a recognized 4-year high school until 1919; it was reduced to 2 years from 1919 to May 1924, then extended to 3 years from 1924 to 1938.
In 1938, Chatham High School became a 4-year high school again, with its own new building that cost $32,000.
Chatham ended as a high school in May 1948, with 34 students, of which 8 were graduating seniors. Upon consolidation into Ball Chatham Community Unit School District 5 in 1948, students went to Ball Township High School. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenwood_High_School_(Illinois))
History of Chatham:
Chatham is rich in history!
The first settlers arrived in the Chatham area in 1816. The village of Chatham received its name October 22, 1836.
Chatham is located in what was once open prairie between Lick Creek and Panther Creek in Sangamon County, which at that time was about the center of the new state of Illinois, approximately ten miles south of Springfield.
Farmers and their families settled Chatham. Splendid fields of corn, almost without exception from ten to fifteen feet high sprang up over the area. The high degree of fruitfulness attracted many to settle here, even considering the risk and danger of Indians.
The lives of many Chatham people were interwoven with Abraham Lincoln. In 1837, two state senators and seven representatives from Sangamon County managed to convince the General Assembly to move the State Capitol from Vandalia to Springfield. These legislators called the “Long Nine”, included Lincoln and John Dawson. Lincoln was a good friend of Rev. Josiah Porter, minister of the Chatham Presbyterian church. Dr. John Lewis, of Chatham, and Lincoln surveyed and purchased rights to build the railroad from Springfield through Chatham to St. Louis.
In order to secure the move of the Capitol to Springfield, the town donated land (no less than two acres) and had to pledge $50,000 to commence building the State House. For a small town of 1100 at the time, this proved to be a struggle. Money was borrowed from the State Bank of Illinois. A note for the amount was signed by one hundred local citizens and deposited in the bank to pay the last installment of the loan. (source: https://www.chathamil.net/history)
Check out Chatham’s Neighborhood
Chatham is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,351 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chatham is the 202nd largest community in Illinois.
Chatham is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chatham is a village of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chatham who work in office and administrative support (16.14%), management occupations (11.54%) and sales jobs (9.38%).
Also of interest is that Chatham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Chatham is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Chatham really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Chatham perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
The people who call Chatham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chatham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chatham include German, English, Irish, Italian, French and Swedish. (source: http://leaderonefinancialspringfieldil.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page)
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