Right Here, Right Now
Located only 16 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and 12 miles east of O'Hare International Airport, the Village of Skokie provides high-quality government services to close to 65,000 residents, 24,000 households and 2,400 businesses that call Skokie their home. Accessibility to transportation is a key advantage here, with the Edens Expressway (I-94) spanning the community's western edge, seven Chicago Transit Authority and 10 Pace suburban bus lines and the CTA's Skokie Swift rail line offering numerous options for public transportation. Skokie borders the City of Chicago and the Villages of Lincolnwood and Niles on the south, Morton Grove on the west, as well as other North Shore communities such as Evanston, Glenview and Wilmette to the north and east.
Downtown Skokie currently consists of an approximately 15-block area surrounded by several major institutions and businesses, including the Illinois Science + Technology Park (the former GD Searle/ Pfizer campus redeveloped in 2005) to the north; the Skokie Public Library, Village Hall and Heritage Museum to the west and Oakton Community College to the south. The primary Downtown intersection of Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue is approximately one mile south of the Village’s West Dempster Retail District and approximately two miles south of Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, the third largest open-air, upscale mall in Illinois.
The Downtown mix of merchants and restaurants is comprised primarily of traditional independently operated and owned businesses, with several notable franchises other than national banks represented. The Skokie Theatre, located just south of Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street, was redeveloped in 2007. The CTA Oakton-Skokie Yellow Line Station opened in spring 2012. The station site is at the northwest corner of Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard.