Business and Economic Development
Coming October 25 - Downtown Skokie Walk & Roll!
Click HERE to learn more, sign up, and explore what is in store on October 25 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
NEW - 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.
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Business and Mitigation Measures Frequently Asked Questions
This updated document from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.
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 26, 2020 - Phase 4 Updated Restaurant & Bar Establishment Safety Guidelines
Based on a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, these latest safety guidelines which took effect on August 26, 2020 will require restaurant and bar patrons to wear a mask with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables. This guidance will also apply to other facilities with food service areas that are currently subject to Restore Illinois guidance, such as indoor recreational facilities, museums and entertainment venues.
The full guidelines maybe found by CLICKING HERE.
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.
Phase 4 Opening Guidelines Updated on August 11, 2020
To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed a business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.
Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.
July 7, 2020 Business Update
Click HERE or on graphic below to read the latest Business Update.
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) Launched
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has launched the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July.
In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic. Additional priority will be given to businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), or low-income areas that have had high rates of COVID-19 cases. Any Skokie Business in Zip Code 60077 is located in a DIA as defined by DCEO. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by experiencing eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount since March.
Specifically, the program includes support for:
- Businesses located in DIAs Where There Was Recent Property Damage from Civil Unrest
- Bars and Restaurants - $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000
- Barbershops and Salons - $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
- Gyms and Fitness Centers - $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each
Businesses must have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020 and must meet specific annual revenue criteria outlined in document below.
WHEN AND WHERE TO APPLY: DCEO began accepting applications on June 26th. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REVIEW APPLICATION QUESTIONS AND DOCUMENTS.
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.