Butterfield Creek is a 15.2-mile-long (24.5 km) tributary of Thorn Creek
, United States
. Via Thorn Creek, it is part of the Calumet River watershed flowing to Lake Michigan. It is at its widest around the towns of Homewood
, Chicago Heights
and Glenwood. The creek starts in a small marsh in Matteson
and reaches its confluence with Thorn Creek in Glenwood.
Butterfield Creek is severely degraded by a variety of pollutants including heavy metals, DDT, bacteria, and sediment which limits the stream's habitat potential. Several sewage treatment plants discharge into the stream.