Welcome to the City of Mattoon, we are sure glad you are here.

Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves. We are central Illinois town born out of the growth of the railroad in the 1850’s. We take great pride in being “from here” and doing everything we can to make this place better than we found it.

Events are our tourism bread and butter and are proud that we have a community of volunteers that keep the event calendar full of events. Multi-generational businesses are not uncommon here. Folks have business that are over 100 years old in many sectors of our community. We are very proud of that.

Recently that spirit of entrepreneurship has revived our downtown and grown a new crop of creative businesses. Our community story is full of fascinating history, amazing people, and a bright future.