Matteson is a village in Cook and Will counties, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,928 at the 2000 census and 19,009 in 2010.
The village of Matteson was founded in the mid 1800s. Initially made up of mostly German settlers, the village was named after the tenth governor of Illinois, Joel A. Matteson. By the 1880s, Matteson was incorporated and had nearly 500 residents. With improvements in plumbing, the electrification of the Illinois Central Railroad and the construction of today's school district, Matteson's population skyrocketed to more than 3,000 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.