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Skokie's Small Business Saturday Is November 26

Small Business Promotions Continue Through December 2!

SBS 11-26-22

Beginning on Saturday, November 26 and extending through Friday, December 2, the Village encourages residents, daytime employees and visitors to shop, dine and play at the wonderful, abundant variety of Skokie businesses! Over the coming weeks, check out specials, deals and discounts featured on Shop Local Skokie and Downtown Skokie Facebook, and Instagram  pages.  During this time, patrons are invited to ‘check-in’ anytime at favorite Skokie stores, restaurants and service-providers by taking a selfie or group photo inside or outside. Send those pics to info@skokie.org with the #SkokieWeGotThis hashtag - they might be featured on Village social media and you’ll be eligible for daily $25 gift certificates awarded from select Skokie small businesses!sbw 2022

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Skokie's Snapshot

Through thoughtful planning, overall spirit of cooperation, and a steadfast vision for growth, Skokie has grown into a thriving center of commerce, with many vibrant retail centers, commercial districts, employment centers, a strong and diverse industrial base, and extensive professional services. Businesses in Skokie appreciate their strategic location here for many good reasons.

Fiscal Resolve and Strategic Location

The Village has not increased its property tax levy since 1991, and there are no head taxes, sewer taxes or impact fees as there are in other municipalities.  Skokie geographically sits in a prime location connected by major highways and public transportation to Chicago and O'Hare Airport, conveniently accessible to suppliers, customers, and labor markets.

Accreditation

The Village's high bond rating attests to a strong economic health and prudent fiscal management. Skokie is the first municipality nationwide to achieve nationally accredited Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments, and a Class-1 Fire Department as rated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

Resident Benefits

Skokie boasts many fine cultural and recreational attractions, a high quality housing stock in a variety of styles and prices, and an excellent array of both public and private schools. Some of the country's finest universities and community colleges are also in close proximity to the Village. Thanks to the community's strong tax base, Skokie's 67,824 residents enjoy the best in school districts, parks and recreational programs.  The Village consistently ranks in the Top 5 Suburbs in which to buy a home by Crain's Chicago Business. 

  1. Economic Development Division

    Phone: 847/933-8446
    Fax: 847/568-8871


  1. Len Becker

    Economic Development Manager
    Phone: 847/933-8446

  1. Leslie G. Murphy

    Economic Development Specialist
    Phone: 847/933-8447