Business and Economic Development
Support Skokie's Small Business Saturday - November 28, 2020!
This holiday season, let’s make sure our Skokie small businesses know we’ve got their back!
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 (insert 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.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions For Businesses - Please CLICK HERE for the complete document
Additional COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Begin November 20,2020
As the state and our region have and continue to experienced an increase in COVID-19 related cases, deaths, and overall positivity rate, new mitigations were ordered by the Governor to. begin November 20,2020. As detailed in the July, 15, 2020 Restore Illinois Plan CLICK HERE. Please CLICK HERE for the Details or on the image below. For the latest regional metrics, CLICK HERE.
Welcome to Skokie Video released.
Click here for the new “Welcome to Skokie” video which highlighted the Village at the recently held SelectChicago Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Virtual Conference.
ROUND 2 - Business Interruption Grants Now Available
The Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity has opened another round of Business Interruption Grants. It is a rolling grant so there is no deadline but sooner is better than later. Please see the link below for the grant information:
The BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses. DCEO hosted webinars regarding this program. These webinar recordings from September 23, 2020 can be found by clicking on the links below:
- BIG Application, Tips, Q&A (English) September 23, 2020 - 10AM (View recording here)
- BIG Application, Tips, Q&A (Spanish) September 23, 2020 - 11AM (View recording here)
August 27, 2020 - Skokie Business Update
Click HERE or on graphic below to read the latest Business Update.
August 27, 2020 - Updated Outdoor Dining Guidelines Provide Additional Flexibility
Revised Outdoor Dining Guidelines for restaurants and bars took effect on August 27, 2020. The guidelines provide for additional flexibility for Skokie establishments. Please CLICK HERE for details.
August 4, 2020 - Village of Skokie Economic Recovery Plan Unveiled
In response to COVID-19, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen was one of the first suburban Chicago mayors to establish the Skokie Economic Recovery Task Force. Between May 12 through July 29, 2020, the Task Force met regularly via Zoom to help guide and assist Village staff, leadership, and the community to develop a thoughtful and actionable Economic Recovery Plan. Recommendations identified focus on priorities deemed essential by Task Force Members, community members, elected officials, and from discussions and feedback received from over 250 Skokie-based businesses and service providers across all segments of the economy. To view the report CLICK HERE or on the cover page below.
July 7, 2020 Business Update
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June 5, 2020 Skokie Business Update
Winter 2020 SkokieBIZ
Comprehensive List of New Skokie Businesses in 2019
Come Dine in Downtown Skokie!
Recreational Cannabis in Skokie
Fall 2019 Downtown Development Update
Welcome Sketchbook Brewing Company to Skokie!
Mayor’s Van Dusen's Statement – Sketchbook Brewing Company's Expansion to Skokie:
In early September, the Village received confirmation that Sketchbook Brewing Company is planning to open a 14,000 square-foot brewery with an attached 2,000 square-foot taproom at 4901 Main Street in Skokie. This is an expansion from Sketchbook’s existing Evanston brewery and taproom, and we are very excited to welcome them to Skokie. The 4901 Main Street building where Sketchbook will be located is owned by Mark McCracken of PS Greetings, a decades-old Skokie manufacturing facility that recently expanded its operations on Searle Parkway to manufacture millions of holiday gift boxes as part of Walmart’s “Made in the USA” initiative. Within the last week, Mark McCracken entered into a lease with Sketchbook owners Shawn Decker and Cesar Marron for the new location that is situated on the south side of Main Street, just east of the Skokie Valley Multi-Use Trail. The site is close to Downtown Skokie, the Illinois Science + Technology Park, the CTA Yellow Line Oakton Street station and the multi-use trail, making it a very convenient location for both Skokie residents and employees who work in Downtown Skokie. Initial estimates are that the brewery will be finished sometime in mid-to-late spring 2020, with the taproom opening a few months later during the summer months. This announcement marks another significant advancement in redeveloping not only Downtown Skokie, but adjacent areas on Main Street and Skokie Boulevard. We are proud to welcome Sketchbook Brewing Company and its entrepreneurial owners!
What's The Buzz With New And Proposed Downtown Skokie Developments? You Invited To An Open House On August 13, 2019. Click Below For More Information!
SkokieBIZ Spring 2019 Edition
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).
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.