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.

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.


Total Population 65,061
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 30,549
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 53.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.9%
Median Earnings25+ $40,321
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,312
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,385


Median Family Income $78,337
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 10.4%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,129
Median House Value $278,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.7%
US/American 0.4%
English 2.6%
Irish 5.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Evanston 75,603 $104,904
Golf 474 $165,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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