Events and Entertainment in Downtown Skokie

Wednesdays on the Green

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

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.

For more information and a schedule of events, please click here.

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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