Welcome to Skokie!
The Village of Skokie is located in Cook County, Illinois, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Chicago and about 2 miles west of Lake Michigan.
Incorporated as Niles Center in 1888 and renamed the Village of Skokie in 1940, Skokie grew rapidly during the post-war era and currently serves a population of nearly 68,000 citizens. The Village takes great pride in the number of immigrants and culturally diverse residents who reside and work here. Within Skokie an average of 90+ languages are spoken in the homes of school age children.
Besides its diverse and highly educated workforce and top-rated schools and park systems, the Village has a number of important assets.
- A broad and deep array of municipal services, including nationally accredited public works, police and fire departments, the first in the U.S. to have all three such certifications.
- A number of sizable employers located within Village limits (e.g., NorthShore University HealthSystem/Skokie Hospital, Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, Cook County Courthouse, Tenneco, and Oakton College), and is in close proximity to other major employers nearby, such as Northwestern University.
- A number of transportation amenities unique among north suburban communities. Skokie has access to Interstate 94 at three interchanges. Metra service just west of Village boundaries, and CTA rail service with stations located at Dempster Avenue and Oakton Street, in Downtown Skokie. Over 167,000 cars and trucks pass through or stop in Skokie every day. O’Hare Airport is located only twelve miles to the west. In 2023, Skokie was named the Best Suburb to Commute to Chicago by PureWow.
- A wide array of housing options in and around Downtown Skokie
- As a founding member of Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Skokie offers many hotel, dining and entertainment options. The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts hosts hundreds of performances each year that draw from the greater Chicago area and is the performance home to Music Theater Works, Northlight Theatre, and the Music of the Baroque series.
- The Skokie Sculpture Park and Holocaust Museum and Educational Center draw thousands of visitors annually.