Chicago Suburbs - Skokie

History of Skokie

Located in Cook County just 12 miles northwest of Chicago and the Loop, Skokie was called Niles Center until 1940.  Beginning as swamplands and forests where settlers carved out a small community for themselves about a century and a half ago to its centennial celebra¬tion of 1988, the Village of Skokie has an interesting history and a proud heritage. 

When originally incorporated the city was known as Niles Centre. Historians have estimated that around 1910 the spelling was changed to Niles Center, but the name needed to be changed due to confusion with the neighboring Village of Niles and the fact that both towns lay within Niles Township. So, after a town-wide referendum, the community became the Village of Skokie on November 15, 1940. Since then, the Village homes for sale have flourished and the town has enjoyed tremendous population, cultural and commercial growth.
As it entered its second century of existence, though, Skokie found itself facing a variety of new challenges. Because there is almost no vacant land to develop within the village, redevelopment is always a high priority.  Fiscal year 2004 ended with about 3,987 building permits issued by the Village and 210 new dwelling units were added. Today, nearly 64,000 residents came to call Skokie their home.

Education Skokie’s school district opened in 1898 in a two-room schoolhouse called Sharp Corner School and was located at the corner of Gross Point, Church, and Hwy. 41. Children walked to school from areas now known as Glenview and Evanston.  Today community schools are well respected and students perform well on standardized tests.  Year after year, in fact, studies have shown that Skokie’s schools outperform state and national averages by wide margins.


Skokie residents take their summers seriously. In the warmer months, with the wide blue lake and the ample green parks, it's easy to view the city is one big playground. Whether you prefer water activities or prefer to remain on dry ground, you can find plenty to do in the area.
The Skokie Park District has 46 parks and playgrounds with a total 243 acres of parkland. The Park District also features three recreation centers, a community theater and cultural center, a children’s indoor playground and science center, an indoor ice arena, a driving range and two miniature golf courses, a water playground and aquatic center, more than 40 tennis courts, childcare and preschool services, the Skokie Heritage Museum and Log Cabin and many other recreational amenities for Skokie residents.

If dining out is a concern, there are approximately 170 restaurants in Skokie, as well as many markets and bakeries.

If you are considering relocation to the Chicago area, you will find that Skokie homes for sale vary in age and type since many condos and townhomes have joined already-established, moderately-priced single family homes throughout Skokie.  This eclectic real estate market will have something special to offer everyone!

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