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There are many exceptional public and private schools in Skokie. Niles North High School was recently cited as one of the country’s best by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. Department of Education also recognized Niles Township High Schools for Excellence in Education. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts singled out Niles Township High Schools as having the #1 arts education program in the nation. Oakton Community College, National Louis University, and Hebrew Theological College are all located in Skokie as well.
Skokie is a village in Cook County, IL. The town was originally called Niles Center. At one point, this Chicago suburb was even known as the world’s largest village. Skokie’s current population is over 64,000. Skokie’s streets are in large part a continuation of the Chicago street grid. The village is served by the Chicago Transit Authority. While Skokie was originally a German farming community, it was later settled by a large Jewish population, especially after World War II. In the mid-1960s, the village reached its peak with 58% of the population being Jewish. Skokie still has a decently large Jewish population today with an estimated 28% being Jewish. It is home to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which opened in 2009. The village boasts a wider ethnic diversity within its 10 square miles, with residents speaking nearly 100 different languages.
Skokie’s largest shopping mall is Westfield Old Orchard, formerly known as Old Orchard Shopping Center. There are 140 stores and services in the mall. Be sure to check out Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen. This place has been a landmark kosher bakery and deli since 1960 and offers sliced meats, bagels, and a wide selection of sandwiches. For some great Latin American food, check out Libertad. This restaurant has modern, inventive takes on Latin American small plates in a cozy, bustling setting. For the best bagel in the Midwest, go to New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation. These New York style bagels come in many flavors and cream cheese spreads. They also have bialys, sandwiches, and pastries.
45 minutes to Chicago Loop
25 minutes to O’Hare Airport
45 minutes to Midway Airport
Distance to Downtown
Skokie is bordered by Evanston to the east, Chicago to the southeast and southwest, Lincolnwood to the south, Niles to the southwest, Morton Grove to the west, Glenview to the northwest, and Wilmette to the north. Skokie residents have access to great transportation including the CTA Skokie Swift Yellow rail line, as well as Pace bus lines. The Edens Expressway (I-94) also spans Skokie’s western edge.
Skokie is perhaps most visited for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. It is the third largest museum of its kind in the world and is located in northwest Skokie. If you’re looking to enjoy some nature, visit Emily Oaks Nature Center. This 13-acre oasis is full of native wildflowers, grasses, oak trees, a three-acre pond, and trails. There is also an indoor nature center that features interactive exhibits and classrooms. Check out Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, which features 60+ sculptures of all types along a two-mile stretch along the North Shore Channel. Skokie Sports Park, named one of the country’s top 50 by the Golf Range Association of America features a year round, two-tier, 40 station range with an automatic tee-up system, as well as two adventure golf courses, and batting cages. If you’re looking to pick up a book, head over to Skokie Public Library. The 133,000 square foot building has a theater, a craft room, and a sewing/science area. St. Peter’s United Church of Christ has two Gothic structured bells that weigh more than a ton and date back to 1887. They ring at the beginning of each Sunday service.