Events and Entertainment in Downtown Skokie

Wednesdays on the Green

Enjoy Wednesdays on the Green in Downtown Skokie this summer!  Free, fun, family oriented events are held every Wednesday night during the summer time. For a complete schedule of events please click here.

Downtown Skokie Rediscovered Weekend

An abundance of fun, family-friendly events are planned to re-acquaint the community with the many restaurants and shops in Downtown Skokie. There will be something for everyone, and several charities will benefit from the weekend activities, too.

The official ribbon-cutting will take place at Krier Plaza on the southeast corner of Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Other festivities will include a big reveal of specially decorated fire hydrants throughout the Downtown area, a free concert by American English at Searle Park at 7:30 p.m. on June 7, dancing, street performers, a “Woof Walk” pet parade and adoption event at noon on June 7, speed chess tournaments and informal chess instruction, a Downtown Skokie passport with fun prizes, merchant’s and restaurant specials, a sidewalk sale and craft fair, WXRT promotional booth at Krier Plaza from noon to 3 p.m. on June 7, face painting, balloon artists.

Dan Horyn Skokie Swift 5K Fun Run - One of the cornerstones of the Rediscovered Downtown Skokie Weekend is the Dan Horyn Skokie Swift 5K fun run that will take place in Downtown Skokie on Sunday, June 8. The event is to honor the memory of Dan Horyn, a 34-year-old teacher and cross country coach at Niles North High School who passed away in fall 2013. For event details, including registration information, visit www.danielmhorynfoundation.org.

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Skokie's First Fridays

Count on the first Friday of every month to be something fun and exciting right here in Downtown Skokie. This monthly event will get you moving around downtown for everything from fire hydrants to wine.  Produced by IMODS with cooperation from, Skokie Public Library, Skokie Park District and the Village of Skokie.

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Skokie Theatre

7924 N. Lincoln Avenue
847/677-7761

For more information on the historic Skokie Theater in Downtown Skokie please visit www.skokietheatre.org.

Skokie Farmers' Market
Meet me at the Village Green, you'll be delighted you did!

5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Phone: 847/673-0500
Fax: 847/933-8230

Skokie's famous, fabulous, fantastic Farmers' Market, celebrating more than a quarter century of operation, presents farmers and vendors from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.  Farmers' Market continues to proudly boast of this community-spirited event and the freshness of its vegetables, fruits, cheeses and flowers, often picked just hours before being made available to customers.

Hours/Dates:
7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. the Sunday, June 15 to Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Downtown Skokie's "Backlot Bash"

Every year since its smash debut in 2007, Skokie's Backlot Bash offers area residents an action-packed downtown summer street festival!  The Backlot Bash features more than 15 hours of free live music on a main stage located on Oakton Street near the Village Hall, including regional and national acts. The event also features an amusement park/carnival, a 5k run, silent movies at the historic Skokie Theatre, a classic auto show, a business expo and sidewalk sale, fun teen activities, bingo, food and beer, the Rotary Club pancake breakfast and more! (The name "Backlot" pays tribute to downtown Skokie's heritage as a major silent film industry back lot set between 1907 and 1915.)

The event is a collaboration between the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie (IMODS), the Skokie Park District, The Village of Skokie and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce.

Skokie Heritage Museum

The Skokie Historical Society is a resident of the Skokie Heritage Museum located at 8031 Floral Avenue. The Heritage Museum and Historic Log Cabin are maintained and staffed by the Skokie Park District. The Skokie Historical Society have the rights to the artifacts and maintains and preserves the artifacts. The Historic Engine House is a beautifully restored two-story building. The first floor has a reference library for public use and a permanent Fire Department exhibit space. The Fire Department exhibits includes a reconstructed 1800's Ladder Truck, a newly refurbished 1860's Rumsley Hand Pumper, 1800's Hose Cart, 1920's Chemical Tank, an original 1880's dress hat, numerous nozzles and much more. The second floor is an open space appropriate for school group programs, private rentals, meetings, and traveling exhibits. Skokie Park District staff conduct programs recreating the nineteenth century life of Niles Center, Skokie's former name. For further details on these programs, please see the Skokie Park District seasonal brochures. A fee is charged for all programs. To register for these programs, or for questions on room rental, please call the Skokie Heritage Museum at 847.674.1500 x 3000.

Festival of Cultures

Since 1990 the Village, Park District and Chamber of Commerce host the Skokie Festival of Cultures.  Held annually in mid-May at Oakton Park, the two-day event features ethnic displays, entertainment, cuisine and children's activities and offers fun and cultural enrichment for all ages.

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