Business and Economic Development

Tier One Now in Effect as of  1/23/21. Limited Indoor Dining To Begin!

Since metrics have continued to improve, regions 10 and 11 have advanced to Tier 1 effective on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  To that effect, indoor dining is now permitted at 25% capacity or 25 people whichever is less.  Information about which tier and phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage - CLICK HERE

Please Click HERE To Review Revised Mitigations by Business and Activity.

Please see below for an overview of these new mitigations, which took effect as of 9:00am January 23, 2021.

Overview of Tier 1 Mitigation Measures
Restaurants and Bars
  • Can reopen indoors at lesser of 25% or 25 people per space.
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. This means that bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can reopen indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment so that food is available to patrons at all times (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).
  • Table size limited to no more than four people per indoor table and six people per outdoor table
  • Outdoor service can continue under existing regulations, including tables that are within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Indoor service limited to no more than two hours
  • All bars and restaurants must close at 11:00pm for on-site service and pick-up/delivery of alcohol. Pick-up and delivery of food can continue after 11:00pm.

Event Venues
  • Events are limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • Indoor events can serve food or drinks, but indoor service guidelines must be followed:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Four people per indoor table
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Indoor events must end at 11:00pm

Health and Fitness Centers
  • Indoor capacity increased to 40%, with no more than 50 people within one area
  • Group classes of 15 or fewer can resume under the 40% capacity restriction
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Indoor recreation
  • Indoor capacity increased to the lesser of 40% or 50 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Movie Theaters and Performance Venues
No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1
  • Can operate indoors at 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Retail Stores
No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies can operate at 50% capacity, all other stores at 40% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Museums
No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1
  • Can operate indoors at 40% capacity
  • Guided tours limited to 50 people
  • Groups limited to 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Personal Services
No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1
  • Can operate 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings can be removed only for services that require their removal

Places of worship
No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1
  • Can operate at 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Special events capped at no more than 25 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times


Downtown Skokie Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center - Coming Soon

On December 7, 2020 the Skokie Village Board of Trustees approved a Development Agreement between the Village and E&M Skokie, LLC to construct a 142-room Homewood Suites by Hilton.  The hotel is anticipated to be under construction by the summer of 2021 and located at the northeast corner of Niles Avenue and Oakton Street.  The hotel will anchor and be a needed amenity for not only the region and Skokie, but also the Illinois Science + Technology Park.  The Village will purchase and retain the eastern portion of the property which includes Annie’s Pancake house which will continue to operate at its current locale at 4900 Oakton Street.  

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In addition to the hotel rooms, the new Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown Skokie Hotel will feature a rooftop bar and pub open to the public, 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail, full amenities for hotel guests, as well as 10,000 square feet of banquet and event space.   Coinciding with the hotel, public improvements will take place along Oakton Terrace and over 115 additional public parking spaces in addition to those needed by the hotel will be provided in a new parking garage to the north of the hotel itself along Niles Avenue.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Support Skokie's Small Businesses!

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 CLICK 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. 

Skokie We Got This

10/12/20

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.

August 27, 2020 - Skokie Business Update

Click HERE or on graphic below to read the latest Business Update.

Skokie Business Masthead 8-27-20

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.   

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July 7, 2020 Business Update

Click HERE or on graphic below to read the latest 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

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 

Through thoughtful planning, overall spirit of cooperation, and a steadfast vision for growth, Skokie has grown into a thriving center of commerce, with many vibrant retail centers, commercial districts, employment centers, a strong and diverse industrial base, and extensive professional services. Businesses in Skokie appreciate their strategic location here for many good reasons.

 

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.

Accreditation


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).

Resident Benefits


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. 


  1. Economic Development Division

    Phone: 847/933-8446
    Fax: 847/568-8871


  1. Len Becker

    Economic Development Manager
    Phone: 847/933-8446

  1. Leslie G. Murphy

    Economic Development Specialist
    Phone: 847/933-8447