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Skokie is a village located within the Niles Township of Cook County. Once touted as the “The World’s Largest Village”, Skokie has remained to date a community offering plenty to see, do, and experience. Skokie is home to a diverse community— ethnically, socially, and culturally. The village’s proximity to Chicago’s downtown metropolitan area, pleasant environment, and welcoming atmosphere further make Skokie an attractive location to call home. Residents also appreciate being near major shopping centers, many parks, and extensive outdoor space. Click here for more

History

Skokie was incorporated in 1888 as Niles Centre, and stayed that way until a referendum changing its name to Skokie. While the area began as swamps and marshland, the population grew so rapidly that at one point Skokie was established as “The World’s Largest Village.” From the 1940’s to the early 1960’s, Downtown Skokie was one of the busiest retail centers in Metropolitan Chicago.

Schools

Skokie is home to a robust school system, offering a very wide variety of educational options. The town is home to School District 68School District 69Skokie School District 73 ½, and Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

In addition, Oakton Community CollegeAltierus Career CollegeHebrew Theological College, and National Louis University all have Skokie campuses.

 

Elementary/Middle Schools:

Madison Elementary School– 5100 Madison St, Skokie

Devonshire Elementary School– 9040 Kostern Ave, Skokie

Highland Elementary School– 9700 Crawford Ave, Skokie

Jane Stenson Elementary School– 9201 Lockwood Ave, Skokie

John Middleton Elementary School– 8300 St. Louis Ave, Skokie

East Prairie Elementary School– 3907 W Dobson, Skokie

Elizabeth Meyer Elementary School– 8100 Tripp Ave, Skokie

Oliver McCracken Middle School– 8000 East Prairie Rd, Skokie

Old Orchard Junior High School– 9310 Kenton Ave, Skokie

Lincoln Junior High– 7839 Lincoln Ave, Skokie

High Schools:

Niles North High School– 9800 Lawler Ave, Skokie

Niles West High School– 5701 Oakton St, Skokie

Private Schools:

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School– 7120 Laramie Ave, Skokie

Arie Crown Hebrew Day School– 4600 Main St, Skokie

Fasman Yeshiva High School– 7135 N Carpenter Rd, Skokie

Transportation

Skokie shares a border with the city of Chicago, providing a unique mix of transportation options. The Chicago Transit Authority’s Yellow Line was previous known as the Skokie Swift, providing transit to the other transportation line. The CTA also operates several bus routes throughout the town.

Skokie is also easily accessible from Interstate 94, the Edens Expressway.

Entertainment

Theater is very prominent in the Skokie community. Local thespians can be found at the Devonshire Community Playhouse, while more professional products are featured at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre.

Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts features year-round entertainment. The center’s Northlight Theatre puts on a variety of theatrical performances and musical lovers will find a variety of events at The Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra.

The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park runs for two miles and displays more than 60 sculptures by artists of local, national and international reputation.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Educational Center is an unparalleled experience, earning Skokie international attention through interactive exhibitions that move and inspire.

Restaurants

The Bagel, 50 Old Orchard Center, (847) 677-0100
The Bagel at Old Orchard is a famous Chicagoland restaurant and deli, presenting a menu of popular breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

Eclissi Restaurant, 8018 Lincoln Avenue, (847) 675-8800
Ecclissi Restaurant goers will dine on classic Italian cuisine, tapas, wines and flavorful desserts in the heart of downtown Skokie.

Tub Tim Thai Restaurant, 4927 Oakton Street, (847) 675-8424
A unique and authentic Thai food experience, Tub Tim Thai presents a delicious menu of Thai dishes in a cozy setting.

Outdoor Recreation

The Skokie Park District maintains public spaces and historical sites, as well as hosts events throughout the year. Residents can take advantage of fitness centers, skating rinks, a boat launch, a rowing center and a variety of baseball, basketball and tennis courts. The Weber Leisure Center is a full-service recreational facility with a number of fitness classes and facilities.

The Emily Oak Nature Center provides 13-acress of native flowers, grasses, oak trees and trails. The trails and three-acre pond are accessible to visitors.

Golf enthusiasts are welcome at the park district’s Weber Park Golf Course, a nine-hole par-three course. The Skokie Sports Park hosts miniature golf, as well as batting cages.

General Population Information

Population (2000):

63,348 people
23,223 households
17,045 families

32.2% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them
60.5% of households were married couples living together
9.9% of households had a female householder with no husband present
26.6% of households were non-families
23.6% of households were made up of individuals
13.6% of households had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older

The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median income for a household in the village was $57,375 and the median income for a family was $68,253.

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847-675-3048
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