Cortland is unique from neighboring villages and cities because it is an incorporated town. According to the year 2000 census, Cortland had a population of 2,066 citizens. This news placed it as the third largest town in Illinois, with only Cicero and Normal having a larger population.

Since being incorporated in 1865, the Town of Cortland has been characterized by hometown living in a warm community atmosphere. Cortland is located along Illinois Route 38 and Somonauk Road in DeKalb County.


  • Cortland Community Park

    For events and usage contact Cortland Town Hall.

  • Cortland Turkey Trot 5k

    Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:00 AM

    About This Event
    This great, family orientated 5K run/walk is pet friendly, stroller friendly and attracts people of all ages. This USATF flat course winds through the beautiful neighborhoods of Cortland, IL. With no elevation, this is a fast course, perfect to earn a personal record. Medals will be given to all finishers. Trophies and Turkeys will be awarded to the top male and female finisher along with medals to be given to the top three in each age category. Proceeds benefit the youth of Cortland through the activities of the Cortland Lions Club.

  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural

    Striking image of a local crew working to provide gravel for early road paving.



Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.