This settlement was originally called Butler's Point when James Butler settled here in 1820. He started a cemetery in 1822, known as "God's Acre" as well as Butler Cemetery; this is reputed to be the earliest cemetery in the county. The first school here was built in 1827 and was also used as a church.
Some of the local attractions include Pizza Time, Inc. There are two bars in town (The Alley Cat, and the Corner Lounge) Many businesses have tried to be successful in Catlin, Illinois such as the "break room" and various flowershops and coffee huts, however they have all ended up closing. A few businesses remain open such as "Pauline's Attic."