Skokie is 15 miles north of Chicago's downtown loop.
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Skokie has a strong manufacturing and retail commerce base, which contributes to the lower home-owner real estate taxes.
The Skokie Park District maintains over 240 acres of open parks. One of it's finest achievements is the Skokie Sculptural Park that is situated on the western bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River, east of McCormick Boulevard. The park hosts over 70 sculptures with artist information on a winding path surrounded by grass and mature trees from Touhy Avenue to Dempster Street.
Skokie is a vibrant community rich in history. Skokie was incorporated in 1988. The Village was originally named Niles Centre but it was confusing because an adjacent town was called Niles and both towns were located in Niles Township. The Village changed the name in the late1930's to the Village of Skokie. Skokie was a Potawatomi Indian name for the "marsh".
Skokie's initial growth spurt came after Chicago & North Western Railroad established a line through the town in 1903. In the early 1920's the land was subdivided and many Chicago bungalows and vintage two and three unit apartment buildings were constructed. Building came to a halt during the great depression of the early 1930's and Skokie would not start to see growth again until after WWII. Many Chicagoans moved their families to Skokie in the 1950's. Skokie has a nice blend of 20's bungalows and 50's ranches and split levels. The fast growth created industrial activity and Old Orchard Shopping Center opened in 1956. The shopping center has had two major renovations, 1990 and 2007. It is now called Westfield Old Orchard with four large anchor tenants.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center opened in Skokie in 2009.