Skokie, Illinois

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Skokie, Illinois

Introduction to Skokie, Illinois

Skokie, Illinois, in Cook county, is 12 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The municipality is regarded as a suburb of Chicago. Numerous films have been made in Skokie including Risky Business, The Weather Man, She's Having a Baby and Sixteen Candles. Skokie is regarded as an upscale community and includes one of the most diverse populations in the suburbs of Chicago.

Downtown Chicago is approximately 30 minutes away by train. The workforce includes a large number of executives and professionals workers. The Illinois State Board of Education named Niles West a "What Parents Want" school and U.S. News and World Report named Niles North an "Outstanding American High School."

Manufacturing, retail, services and finance are some of the major factors for the economy. Kafco International, Rauland Borg, Lambert Technologies, Quartet Manufacturing, Thomas Industries, CFM, Harris Systems, Standard Grinding & Mfg. Co. and Welsh Vacuum are some the city's notable industrial and manufacturing companies. The city is also home to Rand McNally and Peapod, the online grocery delivery business.

Skokie History

The community took the name of the Village Skokie in 1940. The community experienced a significant population growth during the 1940's and 1950's due to the baby boomers moving to the suburbs. In 1977 the NSPA, an offshoot of the American Nazi Party planned a highly controversial march in Skokie which got a lot of attention. The march ended up taking place in Chicago. The incident was featured in a network television movie titled "Skokie."

Skokie and nearby Attractions

  • Skokie Festival of Cultures
  • North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
  • Northlight Theater
  • Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
  • Wilmette Theatre
  • Ravina Festival Concerts
  • Skokie Theatre
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Centre East
  • Brauer Museum of Art
  • Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
  • Glessner House Museum
  • Naper Settlement
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard
  • Exploratorium Indoor Children's Playground for Art
  • Devonshire Cultural Center

Skokie Activities

The Skokie Park District includes a large number of parks, a rowing facility, two aquatic centers, a nature center, numerous athletic fields, an ice skating rink and other facilities. Residents participate in recreational activities at the nearby Lake Michigan.

Skokie Transportation

The city is served by the nearby O' Hare Airport. PACE buses serve the city.

Skokie Higher Education

The city is home to Knowledge Systems Institute, Hebrew Theological College and Oakton Community College. Residents can achieve their higher education goals at the numerous colleges located in Chicago.

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High Points

Skokie strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 7% Skokie Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 8% Skokie College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 13% Skokie Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Skokie Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% Skokie Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 17% Skokie Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Skokie, Illinois

Comparing Skokie to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 8
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Racial Diversity 7 10
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 8 9
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6
People Living Alone 4 4
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Housing Recently Built 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2

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Skokie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60076, 60077
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.033
Longitude -87.744

Skokie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
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Skokie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 63,348 100%
Male 30,016 47.4%
Female 33,332 52.6%
Under 18 14,564 23%
18+ 48,784 77%
65+ 12,386 19.6%
Median Age 41.9
Average Family Size 3.2
White 43,661 68.9%
African-American 2,854 4.5%
Asian 13,483 21.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 109 0.2%
Other 1,178 1.9%
Mixed Race 2,047 3.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,620 5.7%

Estimated Skokie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 64,678
Growth 1,330
Growth % 2.1%

Skokie Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.5%
Russian 8.9%
German 6.9%
Polish 5.9%
US/American 4.8%
Irish 4.6%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 4.1%
Greek 2.9%
Italian 2.4%
Ukrainian 2.1%
English 1.8%
Romanian 1.3%
Eastern European 1.1%
European 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Iranian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Croatian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Jamaican 0.5%
Haitian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Israeli 0.4%
Bulgarian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Iraqi 0.4%
Nigerian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
Serbian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Luxemburger 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Skokie 63,348 $68,253
Evanston 74,239 $78,886
Golf 451 $138,560
Lincolnwood 12,359 $83,687
Morton Grove 22,451 $72,778
Niles 30,068 $58,215
Wilmette 27,651 $122,515

Skokie Public Libraries

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Skokie Hospitals

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(847) 677-9600
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Skokie

(As of 2005)
Marshall Fields-Skokie Cart
1 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr
Old Orchard Mall
Skokie Swift-Dempster & Niles
5001 W. Dempster St.
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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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