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Chatham NJ

Chatham is a borough in Morris County. The borough has a population of approximately 9,000 residents and is almost 2 and a half square miles. Chatham is a walk-able community that has a railroad station the provides commuter service on the Morristown line, with trains heading to the Hoboken Terminal and to Penn Station. A direct commute to Penn Station is estimated 50 minutes.


Chatham is a charming, tree-lined borough where people live within walking distance to independent shops of the small downtown. It’s a safe, residential community with good schools and a central business district. Chatham’s location near major highways and rail lines makes it a perfectly situation spot for commuters looking for a residential area that is well connected.


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Small and family oriented, Chatham is oozing with old-world charm, especially in its downtown business district, where mom-and-pop stores abound. Local business people are friendly and welcoming, as most work or live in the community.

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For the Kids

The Chatham Recreation department features children’s programs such as baseball, basketball, cheer-leading, ice skating, wrestling, soccer, and many more. If you’re looking to stay inside, little kids can visit Gymboree Play and Music Gym for mommy-and-me gym classes and open gym. The Library of the Chathams offers kids activities, story-times, arts and crafts, and much more. Another popular local spot for children is The Gravity Vault, which features indoor rock climbing and private party rooms.


Memorial Park Pool is where residents swim and enjoy the summer sun. There are four athletic fields for all kinds of sports. Hikers enjoy the many wooded trails that Chatham has to offer; such as Stanley Park Trail, Milton Avenue Trail, The Shepard Kollock Trail, and the Chatham Middle School Trail. Head to the Stanley Park Trail for picturesque views of the Passaic River. Adults and children can take part in programs organized by the Recreation Department.

Food & Drink

Chatham NJ & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

  • Namkeen

  • 207 Reviews

  • Phone: +19737018744

  • Chicken Shop

  • River Grille

  • 229 Reviews

  • Phone: +19737011125

  • $$  American (Traditional)

  • Gregorio's

  • 93 Reviews

  • Phone: +19736352777

  • $$$  Mediterranean

  • Bean Curd

  • 72 Reviews

  • Phone: +19736355333

  • $$  Chinese


The Mall at Short Hills is where locals enjoy retail therapy. The mall has several department stores and high-end boutiques. Or head to Chatham’s Main Street for small businesses such as a knitting store, clothing store, pharmacy, toy store, sports store, specialty bakery and jewelers.


Two dining hot spots are Serenade and Scalini Fedeli. Liberty Drug and Surgical pharmacy has a charming 1950’s ice-cream counter were residents can shop for the everyday convenience needs and enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream at the same time. Chatham has a weekly farmers market during the warmer months where local produce and treats can be found. The Chatham Community Players is a local nonprofit theater group that has been producing shows since 1922.


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In 1710, Europeans first settled in the Chatham Borough. The Morris Township was a perfect location due to its proximity to the Passaic River, its location on the path of a well-worn Native American trail, and the protection it offered by being close to a gap in the Wachung Mountains. In 1773, the residents changed the name of the community from John Day’s Bridge to Chatham.


The 18th-century Jacob Morrell House is located on Main Street. Owned since 1781 by Jacob Morrell, the house was a revolutionary war site. Now this landmark is called Scalini Fedeli, a restaurant that features modern Italian cuisine with a French flare.