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The Village of Matteson, Illinois, is part of "Chicago Southland," a region made up of more than 60 south and southwest suburbs of Chicago. Home to approximately 2.5 million people, the area is known for its abundance of arts and cultural attractions, community festivals, outdoor recreational spaces, lively downtown districts, and diverse population.

Close to 20,000 people reside in Matteson, a suburb that boasts beautiful neighborhoods, a first-rate community center, and a family-friendly vibe.

Located near several major highways, residents enjoy great accessibility to the other suburbs in the Southland region, as well as to Chicago's western suburbs and Indiana. Chicago is about an hour's drive away via I-57 or I-94N; the
Metra Electric District line provides daily train service between Matteson and the Van Buren Street and Millennium Stations in Chicago. Air travel is also readily available, with Midway International Airport about 50 minutes north of Matteson, and O'Hare International Airport just a bit farther.

Attractions

Matteson's south suburban location is ideal for enjoying many of the attractions in the area. Some of these include:

The Drama Group — Now celebrating its 90th season, this community theatre group based in nearby Chicago Heights presents several shows each year, ranging from comedies to dramas to musical presentations. It also offers children's theatre productions, staged readings, and summer camps.

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Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra — This professional orchestra performs at venues throughout the Chicago Southland region, offering a diverse menu of musical fare from Classical and Baroque favorites to jazz, holiday tunes, and modern pieces.

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra — Classically trained musicians run the SYSO, a non-profit where young students can improve their musicianship by participating in classes, rehearsals, and concerts.

SeatGeek Stadium — Home field for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League, SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview (original "Toyota Park") also hosts other large-scale sporting events, concerts, and festivals.

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre — With a seating capacity of up to 28,000 people, this outdoor concert venue in Tinley Park can really rock as it hosts some of the biggest musical acts in the business.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park — "The Nate" at Governors State University (GSU) is a fun and unique showcase for large-scale works of contemporary sculpture.

Center for the Performing Arts — Also located at GSU, this venue offers a variety of arts performances that people of all ages can enjoy.

Christopher Art Gallery — This gallery at Prairie State College hosts several exhibitions throughout the year featuring student showcases and works by local and national artists.

Matteson Historical Museum — The museum, located next to the library, preserves and promotes the history of Matteson through its artifacts and exhibits.

Park Forest Rail Fan Park — This is a great place for rail fans to engage in a little trainspotting at one of the country's largest rail intersections.

Please follow
this link to discover many more things to do in the Chicago Southland region.


Outdoor Activities

The abundance of trails, parks, golf courses, and other recreational spaces in the Southland region ensures that there are plenty of places to exercise and enjoy nature:

Forest Preserve District of Cook County — With 70,000 acres of forests, prairies, trails, and wetlands, FPDCC is one of the largest (and oldest) forest preserve districts in the country. Some of the properties closest to Matteson include Bobolink Meadow, Bartel Grassland Land & Water Reserve, Vollmer Road Grove, and the Tinley Creek Model Airplane Flying Field, home field for the Suburban AeroClub of Chicago.

Old Plank Road Trail — Built along an abandoned rail route, this 21-mile path connecting Joliet to Chicago Heights passes through peaceful prairies and south suburban communities, including Matteson. It is part of the American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast non-motorized path that stretches east to west across the contiguous United States.

Matteson Community Center — This beautiful building is the gem of the Matteson Recreational Services Department and a popular spot where people convene to exercise, attend programs and classes, or enjoy a special event.
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Bike Trails — Chicago is routinely mentioned on "best biking town" lists, and the Southland communities proudly do their part in supporting cycling with a rich network of trails and a handy app that maps out routes.

Golf — The Southland region is ideal for golfers with courses available to suit any playing ability.

Besides these activities, residents and visitors enjoy dozens of other outdoor events, including
farmers markets, fairs, and more.


Education

The children of Matteson attend schools in
Elementary School District 159, Matteson School District 162, Southland College Prep High School, and Rich Township High School District 227.

Higher education options include
Governors State University, Prairie State College, South Suburban College and other institutions.


Other links

For more information, please visit these sites:

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Southland Arts
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
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Photos courtesy of Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.



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