Introduction to Chatham, Illinois
Chatham, Illinois, in Sangamon county, is 9 miles S of Springfield, Illinois and 78 miles NE of St. Louis,, Missouri. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Springfield metropolitan area with. Chatham’s population is approximately 8,583.
The earliest settlement in the Chatham area was established in 1816, and the region was formally named Chatham on October 22, 1836. The land was once an open prairie between Lick Creek and Panther Creek. It was predominantly an agricultural land with magnificent fields of corn, and many farmers settled here. Abraham Lincoln was instrumental in the construction of a railroad connecting Springfield to St. Louis, which ran through Chatham.
Chatham and nearby Attractions
- Illinois State Museum
- Lincoln Home National Historic Site
- Sangchris Lake State Park
- Henson Robinson Zoo
- Knight’s Caribbean Water Adventure
Things To Do In Chatham
Those interested in history can visit museums like the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, the Springfield Art Association or the Illinois State Museum. The Springfield Themepark and Knight’s Caribbean Water Adventure are popular local recreational spots as well.
St. Louis Airport is nearby.
Chatham Higher Education
Lincolnland Community College, the University of Illinois, Millkin University, Lewis and Clarke Community College, Southern Illinois University and Bradley University are all accessible from Chatham.