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Skokie, formerly known as Niles Center, is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2020 census, its population stands at 67,824. Situated approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of downtown Chicago's Loop, Skokie derives its name from a Potawatomi word meaning "marsh". For many years, the village proudly touted itself as "The World's Largest Village". Skokie's street layout largely mirrors that of Chicago, and the village benefits from public transportation provided by the Chicago Transit Authority, reinforcing its ties to the city.

Skokie, Illinois: Famous Grave Tour of Memorial Park Cemetary

The village was originally incorporated as Niles Centre in 1888 and later rebranded as "Niles Center" around 1910. However, postal confusion with the neighboring village of Niles prompted a renaming campaign in the 1930s. In a referendum held on November 15, 1940, residents chose the Native American name "Skokie" over "Devonshire".

Skokie experienced significant development during the 1920s real estate boom, characterized by the subdivision of large parcels and the construction of two- and three-flat apartment buildings, alongside the iconic Chicago-style bungalow. The Great Crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression halted large-scale development until the 1940s and 1950s, when Skokie's housing market began to rebound. Commercial development also flourished during this time, exemplified by the Old Orchard Shopping Center, now known as Westfield Old Orchard.

On the night of November 27–28, 1934, following a shootout in nearby Barrington that claimed the lives of two FBI agents, associates of infamous bank robber Baby Face Nelson dumped his body along Niles Center Road near St. Peter Catholic Cemetery.

Skokie, Illinois Zip Codes: 60076, 60077, 60203

Top Employers and Biggest Companies in Skokie, Illinois

As per the Village's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the leading employers in Skokie are:

  • NorthShore University HealthSystem - 2,410 employees
  • Federal-Mogul - 1,279 employees
  • Niles Township High School District 219 - 950 employees
  • Macy's - 910 employees
  • Georgia Nut Company - 815 employees
  • Nordstrom - 618 employees
  • Village of Skokie - 498 employees
  • Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County - 465 employees
  • Skokie Park District - 432 employees
  • Generation Brands - 417 employees

Notable Corporations

  • Peapod: An online grocer
  • FelPro (now Tenneco)
  • Mayfair Games
  • Rand McNally
  • USRobotics
  • Bell & Howell
  • G.D. Searle (now Pfizer)

Arts and Culture

Westfield Old Orchard, a premier shopping center, stands as one of the country's earliest and ranks as the third-largest mall in Illinois by total square footage.

The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park graces the area along the North Shore Channel, stretching from Dempster Street to Touhy Avenue on the east side of McCormick Boulevard. Established in 1988, the park boasts over 70 sculptures and offers guided tours from May through October, featuring presentations by knowledgeable docents. Adjacent to the sculpture garden lies a statue commemorating Mahatma Gandhi, adorned with five of his renowned quotations, unveiled on October 2, 2004.

Beyond municipally-managed public spaces, Skokie hosts the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, home to Centre East, Northlight Theatre, and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, the facility remains a cornerstone of the community's cultural landscape.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, inaugurated in Skokie on April 19, 2009, serves as a poignant testament to remembrance and education.

Skokie Library

The Skokie Public Library received the prestigious 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on October 7, 2008. Recognized for its exceptional cultural programming and multilingual services, the library stands as a beacon of knowledge and inclusivity within the community.

Parks and Recreation

The Skokie Park District stewards over 240 acres of parkland and ten facilities, preserving public spaces and historical sites for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

The Skokie Valley Trail, a multi-use trail linking the northwest side of Chicago to Lincolnwood and Skokie, offers opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. Future plans include extending the Valley Line Trail from Dempster-Skokie Station to Old Orchard Road, creating a continuous trail from Chicago to the northern suburbs, with an estimated completion date of 2025.

The North Shore Channel Trail also traverses through the town, providing scenic pathways for walking, jogging, and biking.

Skokie Public Schools

Skokie is served by several primary school districts, each offering quality education to students in the area:

Additionally, Niles Township High School District 219 oversees public high schools in the region. Some parts of Skokie are also within the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 boundary, which includes Evanston Township High School.

High Schools

The high school landscape in Skokie includes:

  • Niles North High School
  • Niles West High School
  • Niles Township District 219, renowned for its exceptional fine arts program. It received the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Top program for fine arts education in the United States in 2007. Unfortunately, Niles East High School closed in 1980 despite community efforts to preserve it.

Junior High Schools

Skokie offers several junior high schools to cater to the educational needs of its students:

  • Oliver McCracken Middle School (formerly Oakview Junior High) of District 73.5
  • East Prairie School (Pre-K through 8th) of District 73
  • Fairview South School of District 72
  • Lincoln Junior High of District 69
  • Old Orchard Junior High of District 68
  • Chute Middle School in Evanston serves a portion of Skokie residents within Evanston/Skokie District 65.

Elementary Schools

The elementary school landscape in Skokie is diverse and inclusive:

  • Jane Stenson School (K through 5th) of District 68
  • Devonshire School (K through 5th) of District 68
  • Highland School (K through 5th) of District 68
  • Madison School (pre-K through 2nd) of District 69
  • Edison School (3rd through 5th) of District 69
  • Fairview North (formerly of District 72)
  • Fairview South School (K through 8th) of District 72
  • Elizabeth Meyer School (pre-K and K) of District 73.5
  • John Middleton School (1st through 5th) of District 73.5
  • East Prairie School (Pre-K through 8th) of District 73
  • Walker Elementary School (K through 5th) of Skokie/Evanston District 65
  • Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School (K through 8th) of Skokie/Evanston District 65, formerly known as Timber Ridge Magnet School (open to Skokie students in District 65).

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