Downtown Skokie

Image of pedestrians crossing the street in front of a large buildingDowntown Skokie is filled with amazing dining options, unique shops, and fun venues to entertain you. Walking distance from the Skokie Swift train line, Skokie also has many parking lots located in the heart of Downtown and access to bike routes spanning the length of the Northshore. Whatever your mode of transportation, come explore the perfect day trip destination spot.

Downtown Skokie is excited to welcome you and provide the best in food, drinks, art, shops and entertainment. 

Dine, Shop, Enjoy


So many options, your taste buds will delight! Meet Will’s Place, a nonprofit café creating meaningful jobs for adults with disabilities. Life is better with a sandwich or amazing Caesar Salad. Breakfast or lunch at Alexander’s starts your day off with a meal worth waking up for. Looking for an international bite? DeJred Jamaican, Fiesta en Tuxpan, Tub Tim Thai, and Port of Peri Peri won’t disappoint. More of an evening affair? Libertad is your spot along with the soon to open Skokie location of the Hyde Park gem, Ascione Bistro. Are you a craft beer connoisseur? Sketchbook Brewery located on Main Street next to the Skokie Valley Trail has amazing beer complemented with an awesome outside patio and food truck variety for your taste buds! City vibes, amazing food and that perfect cocktail – all await you! 


Variety is the spice of life in Downtown Skokie! Come comb the shelves at Aw Yeah Comics and share your passion for comic books by purchasing an old favorite or finding new ones. Tour Who Modern where the focus is on rare and unusual decorative objects, furniture and art from the mid-20th century to today. Keep your feet on the street as you stop at Take Flight Spirits to taste their latest small batch spirits and bring some home to elevate your own cocktails.


Everyone wants to be entertained and Skokie certainly is the place to do it. Time for a show? Skokie Theater's performance calendar features plays, musicals and visiting performers. Ignite Arcade & Gaming Lounge serves up cocktails and bytes. It’s the perfect spot for your next unique party or event. History buff? Skokie Heritage Museum provides local history and children’s educational programming.


Art lovers are drawn to Downtown Skokie as exploring the extensive public art includes sculpture, murals and art galleries. There are currently 19 unique art installations located throughout the Downtown from Oakton Street to Main Street. Visit The Gallery at a+c architects and (northern) Western Exhibitions, as both feature visiting artists destined to be shown off inside Skokie, complementing the outside mural art.

Skokie’s Farmer Market

Shop local! Support farmers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Kentucky with over 40 vendors each week. Every Sunday morning from mid-June through early November, the Skokie Farmer’s Market offers visitors the season’s finest fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meat & poultry, honey, desserts, cheeses and much more! Start your Sunday with Skokie’s own Soul Good Coffee Truck. From June through November,  stock up on produce, honey, jams, meat, eggs and so much more.

Skokie Public Library

Truly a gem in Downtown Skokie, the Skokie Public Library is bright and light and full of opportunity for all to explore. Come discover and learn new things, enrich your life, and exchange ideas with our materials, technologies, and experiences. And don’t forget the new Maker’s Space!

Getting Here

Skokei Swift

Downtown Skokie has extensive public transportation options. The Skokie Swift CTA Yellow Line train, CTA and PACE bus routes and three full interchanges to the expressway all enable quick access to downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport as well as neighboring Chicago’s North Shore suburbs. Additionally, the miles-long, paved Skokie Valley Trail multi-use path for cyclists, runners and walkers stretches through Downtown Skokie from the north end of town and, on the south, connects to surrounding communities including the northwest side of Chicago.