There are two Chathams, one has open land, the other has a Main Street; together they make a great place to call home.
Chatham is the first town in Morris County, coming from Short Hills in Essex County or Summit in Union County. Madison, Florham Park, New Providence and Green Village also border The Chathams.
Bean Curd has been a fixture on Main Street since 1981, serving Chinese food. Just across the street is Cafe Beethoven. It started as a bakery and cafÃ© over 30 years ago, with excellent pastries and breads. It now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and showcases local art and live music.
High on a ridge, with breathtaking views of the Passaic River Valley and the New York Skyline, the homes on and near Fairmount Avenue in the Township are grand.
Aaron Montgomery Ward, founder of the Montgomery Ward retail enterprises, was born in the township and Chris Carlin, WFAN sportscaster, also grew up there.
Grades 4 & 5 attend Lafayette School, just outside the Borough, adjacent to the high school.
Grades 6 through 8 attend Chatham Middle School, on Main Street in the Borough.
Memorial Park is home to Chatham Borough’s pool, softball, basketball and playgrounds. The park sits behind the Library of the Chathams which serves both the Borough and Township. Additional town parks include Stanley Park on the Passaic River. In the Township, Shepard Kollock Park features a boat launch on the river, covered picnic area, athletic fields and a playground.
Chatham Recreation manages parks, playgrounds and sports activities for The Chathams.
Arts and entertainment thrive through the Chatham Community Players, Art League of the Chathams, School of Rock, Arthur Murray Dance Center and Dance Innovations. Roberts Chatham Cinema is located in Hickory Square shopping center.
The Mall at Short Hills is located at the eastern tip of Chatham.