Skokie is Chicago’s neighbor to the north, offering the culture of the city with the conveniences of suburban living. An excellent place for families, Skokie boasts a strong art and cultural scene, a bustling downtown area and an active park district.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.