Matteson Real Estate

    ABOUT MATTESON

    The area encompassed by modern Matteson was settled in the mid 1800s, primarily by people of German descent. Platted in 1855, Matteson had nearly 500 residents when it incorporated as a village in 1889. The village’s namesake is Joel Aldrich Matteson, who served as Illinois’ tenth governor from 1853 to 1857. The 20th century saw improvements in plumbing, the electrification of the Illinois Central Railroad, and the construction of today’s school district, resulting in significant population growth to more than 3,000 residents by the end of the 1960s. By 2000, Matteson was home to Lincoln Mall (opened 1973) and annexed 195 acres of land for the village.

    For most of its history, Matteson’s population was majority white. However, by the 2010s, the village became majority African-American. The director of Chicago Metropolis 2020, Carol Sonnenschein, stated that the desire for higher quality neighborhoods and public schools drove the black influx into Matteson. In 1980, 8,288 residents were white, comprising 84% of the village’s population, while 12% of village residents were black. By 1990, Matteson, with a total of 11,400 residents, had 5,687 white residents, making up 53% of the village, a percentage decline of 31% in a ten-year span; 44% of the total number of residents in Matteson were black. By 1995 48% of the residents were black and 45% were white. In 2010, 78.72% of the residents were black and 16.3% of the residents were white.

    In 1995 Matteson officials started a campaign encouraging white homeowners to buy houses in the village. Some Matteson residents, white and black, did not want their communities to become overwhelmingly black and lose racial diversity. The Chicago branches of the NAACP and some other black residents criticized the campaign, arguing it was racist. Some other critics stated that the blacks moving to Matteson were wealthier than the whites they replaced.

    As of 1996, white residents were concentrated in the older, eastern portion of Matteson, while black residents generally lived in newer subdivisions located in the western portion of the village.

    Where to Eat

    Hidden Manna Cafe
    Fuddruckers
    A Fusion
    Bocce’s Sports Bar & Grill
    Hibachi Grill Buffet
    Dusties South Style Buffet
    Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken
    Bar Louie

    Schools in Matteson

    Woodgate Elementary School
    Sleden Prairie Elementary School
    Marya Yates Elementary School
    Matteson Elementary School
    Colin Powell Middle School
    O W Huth Middle School
    St Lawrence Otoole School
    Zion Lutheran School
    Rich South High School

    Healthcare near Matteson

    Women for Women Health Care
    Empower Medical Group & Internal Medicine
    Prudential Home Health Services
    Reliance Home Health Services
    Divine Intervention Healthcare