Business and Economic Development

Effective January 10, 2022 Village of Skokie Requires New Proof of Vaccination Order for Some Businesses

In response to the current COVID-19 surge of cases and hospitalizations in the Village of Skokie and surrounding areas, the Skokie Health and Human Services Department has issued a new orderVaccination Requirement Sign (JPG) requiring proof of vaccination for customers of indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, like restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues as well as in fitness facilities.

 The order will go into effect January 10, 2022, and is being instituted to protect the community's health and avoid the wide-spread business shutdowns that occurred in the early days of the pandemic.

See the new proof of vaccination order.

Download the proof of vaccination order sign for your business HERE

"A total of nearly 78 percent of Skokie residents are fully vaccinated to prevent severe illness with COVID-19," said Health and Human Services Director Michael Charley. "This new order is being instituted to protect their health of patrons and the employees of Skokie businesses." 

Here are some specifics from the new proof of vaccination order:

Overview of new mitigations:

  • To enter a qualifying establishment, businesses must require any individual age 5 and older to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • Businesses must require patrons ages 16 and older to show identification (e.g. driver’s license, passport, work ID) with information that corresponds to proof of vaccination
  • Businesses must post signage advertising patrons of this vaccine requirement at all entrances to the premises, as well as predominantly posted inside the establishment
  • Employees must be vaccinated OR must show weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test 
  • Businesses must develop a written protocol providing details for how they will enforce this Order

 An individual is considered fully-vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
  • Two weeks after a single-dose series with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

 Proof of vaccination means:

  • A CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card; or,
  • An official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state or county where the vaccine was administered; or,
  • An application that provides a digital record of vaccinations; or
  • A digital or physical photo of such a card or record that includes the individual’s name, vaccine brand administered and the date the vaccine was administered.

See the new proof of vaccination order.

Highpoint at 8000 North unveils initial lease rates and property information!

During the 2021 Backlot Bash, representatives from Lincoln Property Company presented initial materials for those interested in leasing at the Highpoint at 8000 Lincoln.  In addition to the information and ability to sign up for their VIP list on the website, please click on the links below.  Pre-leasing for Skokie's premier luxury residential rental building is expected to begin in December, 2021 with the first residences anticipated to move-in in early 2022.

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Printable Information - Highpoint at 8000 North

Mask Mandate Now In Effect - August 24, 2021

The Skokie Health and Human Services Department announced on August 23 that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask indoors, beginning on Tuesday August 24, 2021. 

The order requires the following:

  • Any individual aged two and older and able to medically tolerate a mask shall be required to wear a mask when indoors in a public place, regardless of vaccination status.

  • For the purposes of this Order, indoor public spaces include any common or shared space in: (1) a residential multi-unit building or (2) any non­ residential building, including but not limited to retail stores, restaurants, bars/taverns, health and fitness clubs, museums, hotels, personal services, performance venues, movie theaters, commercial buildings, event venues, healthcare settings, congregate facilities, on public transportation and in transportation hubs.

  • Mask refers to a complete and tight knit fabric or cloth, or medical mask that is appropriately sized for the individual's face to snuggly cover the nasal openings and mouth without the necessity of being held in place by the individual's hands.

  • All businesses open to public must post signage directing patrons and staff that masks are required to be worn on the premises. Such signage must be posted at all entrances to the premises, as well as prominently posted in an area visible to patrons and staff within the establishment.

  • Masks may be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating/drinking while stationary. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials.

  • Masks shall be required to be worn in all Village of Skokie buildings and premises.

Exempted: To protect the health and safety of faith leaders, staff, congregants and visitors, religious organizations and houses of worship are strongly encouraged to consult and follow CDC recommendations to limit the number of individuals in any indoor worship site and to require the use of masks. However, such recommendation is not required under this Order.

A failure to comply with this Order may result in one or all of the following: (1) a charge of a violation of Sections 2(k) and/or Sections 8.1 of the Illinois Public Health Act, 20 ILCS 2305/2(k) and 20 ILCS 2305/8), which are Class A misdemeanors which may result in a sentence of imprisonment up to one year and/or a fine of not less than $75 not to exceed $2500; (2) a violation of Section 2-295 of the Skokie Village Code which may result in a fine of $750 for each violation; (3) the revocation or suspension of a business license; (4) an order of closure of a business; or (5) a charge of a violation of any applicable law.

This Order shall remain in effect until further order is issued or October 24, 2021 whichever occurs first.

According to the order, businesses will be required to post signage that states that masks are required. The Village of Skokie has created a sign that can be posted by employers. Download a copy of the mask order sign.

Dempster Street Construction Projects Begin

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) began roadway improvements (e.g., street reconstruction including widening of roads at turning radii, installation of right turn lanes and ADA ramps, and extending length of left-turning lanes) at the Niles Center Road, Skokie Boulevard and Dempster Street intersection. Street resurfacing activities along Dempster Street from Kilpatrick Avenue to McCormick Avenue, are also underway.

Dempster Street MapNiles Center Rd, Skokie Blvd and Dempster St Intersection Improvements 

  • The improvements will cover the area east of Bronx Avenue to Kilpatrick Avenue on Dempster Street; from Carol Street to north of Greenwood Street on Niles Center Road and from Crain Street to north of Greenwood Street on Skokie Blvd.
  • Work will continue through October 2022, but all lanes will be temporarily reopened between 12/1/21 and 3/31/22.
  • It will be the responsibility of IDOT to maintain access to adjacent properties at all times. When work is occurring adjacent to a driveway, access at that location will likely be temporarily restricted, but generally speaking all adjacent property is to remain accessible, night and day, during the project.
  • The most restrictive staging of traffic will be the initial staging. All legs of the intersections will be reduced to one through lane while some legs will retain a turn lane as well. Generally speaking, more lanes will become available for use as the project  progresses through the five different stages for traffic.
  • The contractor has not yet provided a construction schedule, however, the Village will make the schedule available on the Village's website ( once it has been confirmed.  At this time, the duration and timing of each stage is unknown to the Village.
  • Primary contact regarding business and residential concerns for the IDOT work
    • Glen Pennington, IDOT Resident Engineer, (847) 894-8491.
    • Village contact if IDOT is nonresponsive - Russ Rietveld, (847) 933-8231.

 Dempster Street Resurfacing - Kilpatrick Avenue to McCormick Avenue

  • Work began June 14th and should take approximately four months.
  • Most activities will be conducted utilizing rolling lane Closures where necessary.
  • Initial work will be concrete sidewalk and curb removal and replacement.
  • Street patching and underground utility work will be completed next.
  • The existing surface is currently scheduled to be removed around the beginning of August 2021.
  • The new surface placement should begin in September 2021.
  • Primary contact regarding business and residential concerns for the IDOT work
    • Larry  Pray, IDOT Resident Engineer, (847) 846-5853.
    • Village contact if IDOT is nonresponsive - Russ Rietveld,(847) 933-8231.

 CLICK HERE for a Map of the Niles Center / Dempster / Skokie Intersection Improvements.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this very important State of Illinois roadway reconstruction and improvement work.

Downtown Skokie Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center - Coming Soon

On December 7, 2020 the Skokie Village Board of Trustees approved a Development Agreement between the Village and E&M Skokie, LLC to construct a 142-room Homewood Suites by Hilton.  The hotel is anticipated to be under construction by the summer of 2021 and located at the northeast corner of Niles Avenue and Oakton Street.  The hotel will anchor and be a needed amenity for not only the region and Skokie, but also the Illinois Science + Technology Park.  The Village will purchase and retain the eastern portion of the property which includes Annie’s Pancake house which will continue to operate at its current locale at 4900 Oakton Street.  

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In addition to the hotel rooms, the new Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown Skokie Hotel will feature a rooftop bar and pub open to the public, 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail, full amenities for hotel guests, as well as 10,000 square feet of banquet and event space.   Coinciding with the hotel, public improvements will take place along Oakton Terrace and over 115 additional public parking spaces in addition to those needed by the hotel will be provided in a new parking garage to the north of the hotel itself along Niles Avenue.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Support Skokie's Small Businesses!

We know you are all doing the best you can to support local businesses during these uncertain times.  We hope that you are also continuing to refer to the Village of Skokie’s promotional websites CLICK HERE  along with our partners at the Skokie Chamber of Commerce, Skokie Public Library, and Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau. As a reminder, please encourage friends, colleagues and family members to Subscribe to SkokieNews for important updates throughout the year. 

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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.


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 65,349 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