Village of Skokie

Village of Skokie Official Village of Skokie, Illinois government page. Today, Skokie is home to over 64,000 residents and is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity.

The Village of Skokie, Illinois, located 16 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and 12 miles east of O'Hare International Airport, provides high-quality government services to over 24,000 households and 2,400 businesses. Skokie was founded in the mid-1800s by Henry Harms, a Prussian immigrant, and was originally named the "Village of Niles Centre." Skokie began as a farming community but grew rapi

dly as railroad advancements allowed more people from Chicago to reach its borders. At one point, Skokie's population grew so rapidly that Skokie was established as "The World's Largest Village." Accessibility to transportation is a key advantage in Skokie, with the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94) spanning the community's western edge, seven Chicago Transit Authority and 10 Pace suburban bus lines and the CTA's Skokie Swift rail line offering numerous options for public transportation. Those looking to shop in Skokie don't have to look far. Located on its northern edge is Westfield Old Orchard, one of Illinois' largest outdoor shopping malls and home to numerous nationally recognized restaurants and stores. On Skokie's southern edge is the Village Crossing Shopping Center which offers a variety of national retail outlets and dining options. Skokie's downtown district hosts the Illinois Science + Technology Park, multiple mixed-use developments and an appealing mix of unique retailers and restaurants. In addition to its abundant retail, Skokie was the first community in the entire United States to have nationally accredited Fire, Police and Public Works Departments. These superior municipal services together with the nationally acclaimed Skokie Park District, superb Skokie Public Library, and preeminent North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, exceptional Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park and outstanding school districts make Skokie an excellent place to live. To view the Village's social media policy, visit https://www.skokie.org/DocumentCenter/View/2343/Village-of-Skokie-Social-Media-Policy

01/09/2024

L.I.F.E. File is a new program from the Skokie Fire Department designed to provide your important medical information in the event of an emergency. Pick up your packet today!

Winter weather may be on its way! The US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois has issued a Winter Weather Advisory ...
01/08/2024

Winter weather may be on its way! The US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Chicago area. Several inches of snow are possible overnight, with additional accumulation possible on Tuesday.

Reminder: Alternate-side parking rules go into effect after 2 or more inches of snow. Review convenient notification methods at https://www.skokie.org/1284/Alternate-Side-Parking-Notification-Opti

Good news for Yellow Line riders!!!
01/04/2024

Good news for Yellow Line riders!!!

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced that following comprehensive analysis and testing, the Yellow Line will resume operations at the start of scheduled service on Friday, January 5, at approx. 4:45 a.m.

Congratulations to our new Chief of Police, Jesse Barnes! Chief Barnes was officially sworn in at the Village Board Meet...
01/04/2024

Congratulations to our new Chief of Police, Jesse Barnes!

Chief Barnes was officially sworn in at the Village Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 2.

Congratulations to Clerk Shah and thank you for your many years of service to Skokie!
01/03/2024

Congratulations to Clerk Shah and thank you for your many years of service to Skokie!

Yesterday evening, I had the absolute honor to recognize and celebrate the historic, deeply impactful career of public service of my good friend and one of my mentors, Village of Skokie Clerk Pramod Shah.

Clerk Shah embodies public service in every sense of the phrase. His dedication to serving our residents in a transparent and ethical manner is unparalleled. His everlasting commitment to serve everyone in our community, including those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved, is an attribute we should all continue to aspire to.

It was my great privilege to, alongside State Representative Kevin Olickal and Josina Morita, Cook County Commissioner, 13th District, present proclamations to officially acknowledge his public service to the residents of Skokie and Niles Township.

I am incredibly grateful to him and his family for their service to our community. I wish Clerk Shah and his family nothing but the best moving forward.

Social worker Brian McHugh and Skokie Police Department officer Kimberly Blue serve as the Village's Co-Responder Team, ...
01/02/2024

Social worker Brian McHugh and Skokie Police Department officer Kimberly Blue serve as the Village's Co-Responder Team, responding to individuals in crisis and connecting community members with resources available to meet their needs.

Get to know "Blue & McHugh" and learn about the services they provide the Skokie community! https://www.skokie.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=896

Meet the officers who patrol your neighborhood and talk with crime prevention specialists from the Skokie Police Departm...
12/29/2023

Meet the officers who patrol your neighborhood and talk with crime prevention specialists from the Skokie Police Department at your local beat meeting this January!

View the beat map and schedule: https://www.skokie.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=893

Skokie has been nominated for "Best Suburb" in the Chicago Reader's annual Best of Chicago 2023 list!Support our communi...
12/28/2023

Skokie has been nominated for "Best Suburb" in the Chicago Reader's annual Best of Chicago 2023 list!

Support our community by casting your vote for Skokie through January 14.

Nominations run noon Oct. 15, 2023 to 11:59 PM Nov. 7. Finalists on this ballot are determined by nominations. Voting on the most nominated finalists will begin noon December 13, 2023, and run through 11:59 pm January 14, 2024. Our Best of Chicago issue is February 22, 2024!

Skokie Public Works will pick up Christmas trees during the weeks of January 2 and 8, 2024. Trees are picked up weather ...
12/26/2023

Skokie Public Works will pick up Christmas trees during the weeks of January 2 and 8, 2024. Trees are picked up weather permitting and not on a precise schedule.

- Place trees in your normal refuse collection area
- Remove all lights and ornaments
- Do NOT place trees in plastic bags

Trees will be chipped and turned into mulch. 🌲♻️

It pays to eat cookies! This week, Mayor Van Dusen, Village staff, and Downtown Skokie businesses presented a $1,582 che...
12/24/2023

It pays to eat cookies! This week, Mayor Van Dusen, Village staff, and Downtown Skokie businesses presented a $1,582 check to the Skokie Community Foundation with proceeds from the inaugural Downtown Skokie Cookie Walk held on December 2! 🍪

Recipe for success: Thank you to the 77 residents who attended the Cookie Walk and our local businesses who participated, including Kneads and Wants Artisan Bakery, Alexander's Breakfast & Lunch, The Pilates Experience, Will's Place Skokie, Take Flight Spirits, Skokie Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Who Modern, Toni G Salon and Spa, AW YEAH Comics-Skokie, and The Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar and Grill.

Refuse and recycling collections for the week of December 25 will occur as follows:- Monday collections will occur on Tu...
12/23/2023

Refuse and recycling collections for the week of December 25 will occur as follows:

- Monday collections will occur on Tuesday

- Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday

- Thursday and Friday collections will occur as normal

Skokie Village Hall will be closed on Monday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.

(Photo by Rich Cahan.)

Shout out to the Skokie Fire Department for collecting 375 toys this holiday season as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Toy...
12/22/2023

Shout out to the Skokie Fire Department for collecting 375 toys this holiday season as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign! 🎁

Thank you to the many community members and organizations who contributed.

The holiday season is bright in Skokie! Thanks to the many community members who shared photos of their dazzling holiday...
12/18/2023

The holiday season is bright in Skokie! Thanks to the many community members who shared photos of their dazzling holiday light displays with us.

This week, WGN News featured Skokie artist John Wangendo, who developed his hidden talent during the pandemic and strive...
12/16/2023

This week, WGN News featured Skokie artist John Wangendo, who developed his hidden talent during the pandemic and strives to educate about his native homeland of Africa through his charcoal drawings.

John's first solo exhibit is now on display through January 18 at a + c architects, located at 4840 Main St. in Skokie!

SKOKIE, Ill. — A Skokie man realized he’s a talented artist during the pandemic and strives to educate about his native homeland of Africa through his charcoal drawings. As his first solo exh…

Village staff enjoyed a cozy Friday celebrating National Ugly Sweater Day!
12/15/2023

Village staff enjoyed a cozy Friday celebrating National Ugly Sweater Day!

Skokie Village Manager John Lockerby has announced the appointment of Deputy Chief of Police Jesse Barnes as the Village...
12/15/2023

Skokie Village Manager John Lockerby has announced the appointment of Deputy Chief of Police Jesse Barnes as the Village’s next chief of the Skokie Police Department.

Barnes, a 23-year veteran of the department, has served as deputy chief since July 2021, first overseeing the Department’s Administrative Services Division and currently leading its Field Operations Division. He began his law enforcement career with the Skokie Police Department in 2000, advancing through the ranks to hold a number of specialty and leadership positions, including detective, tactical intervention unit team commander, sergeant of the patrol and investigative services divisions, and commander of investigative services. Barnes currently serves as North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) operations commander.

“Chief Barnes is a proven and respected leader who has dedicated his law enforcement career to serving the residents of Skokie,” said Village Manager John Lockerby. “I am confident that his integrity, professionalism, and commitment to excellence, along with his deep understanding of the Skokie community, will further advance the department and support the excellent quality of life our residents enjoy.”

“It is a tremendous honor to serve the residents of Skokie and the Skokie Police Department in this important leadership role,” said Chief Barnes. “I look forward to building on our department’s core values of life, partnership, excellence and respect as we protect public safety and meet our community’s evolving needs.”

Chief Barnes is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff & Command and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

Barnes will fill the role of retiring Skokie Police Chief Brian Baker, who will retire on December 22. Chief Barnes will be sworn in at the Skokie Village Board of Trustees meeting on January 2, 2024.

The Village of Skokie is one of the first 12 Illinois communities to be recognized by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and...
12/13/2023

The Village of Skokie is one of the first 12 Illinois communities to be recognized by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and ComEd as an "EV Ready" community!

To earn the recognition, communities must demonstrate that they have taken steps to develop clear guidelines for permitting EV charging infrastructure, conduct safety training for staff including first responders, and implement plans that engage the community and ensure a safe integration of zero-emissions vehicles.

🚦 Since 2015, the Village has added four EVs to its municipal fleet, which will reduce emissions by an estimated 13,300 kilograms in 2024.

🚗 To date, 819 EVs are registered to community members in Skokie, an increase from 295 in 2022.

⚡️ The Village operates four EV charging stations for public use throughout Skokie, preventing 161,000 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions collectively through November 2023.

🚘 This year, the Village received a Powering Safe Communities grant for installing a Level 2 EV Charging Station at Oakton Street and LaCrosse Avenue – the Village’s first EV Charging Station designed to integrate ADA parking requirements.

“Achieving ‘EV Ready’ designation underscores Skokie’s leadership on climate issues and brings us closer to achieving the goals outlined in the Village’s Environmental Sustainability Plan,” said Mayor George Van Dusen. “With transportation accounting for more than a third of our community’s greenhouse gas emissions, accelerating EV usage by removing potential roadblocks to ownership and greenlighting charging infrastructure will pave the way to cleaner air and lower emissions benefitting our entire community.”

Congratulations and best wishes to Skokie Police Chief Brian Baker, who announced his retirement after nearly 30 years o...
12/12/2023

Congratulations and best wishes to Skokie Police Chief Brian Baker, who announced his retirement after nearly 30 years of dedicated service to the Skokie community.

Baker began his career with the Skokie Police Department in 1994 as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks to become sergeant, commander and deputy chief of police before being appointed Skokie police chief in November 2020. His final day as chief will be Friday, December 22.

Chief Baker's accomplishments include developing and implementing the department’s “Be the Difference” program, establishing a culture based on service to the community, alternative approaches to low- and no-crime service calls, and enhanced communication with the public.

He also oversaw the launch of the Village’s Co-Responder Team with the Health and Human Services Department. The Co-Responder Team pairs a Skokie police officer who has completed Crisis Intervention Training with a licensed Health and Human Services Department social worker to respond to individuals in crisis and connect them with services.

Thank you for your service, Chief Baker!

Future first responders! 🚒🚑Twelve youth ages 14 to 20 are participating in the Skokie Fire Department's inaugural Youth ...
12/08/2023

Future first responders! 🚒🚑

Twelve youth ages 14 to 20 are participating in the Skokie Fire Department's inaugural Youth Fire Explorer Program. The one-year program meets twice per month and provides young adults who have an interest in the fire service an opportunity to learn the basic skills of firefighting and EMS through hands-on and classroom instruction.

This fall, explorers laid the groundwork to learn and understand the concepts of firefighting. Youth practiced putting on protective equipment and learned the physical endurance needed to complete tasks. Using a crawl, walk, run approach to learning and applying new skills, the explorers will be ready for more challenging objectives this spring.

Demonstrating their commitment to community service, explorers will be participating in a gift-wrapping event through Operation North Pole, an organization that provides gifts to children suffering from a major medical illness or condition. When asked to attend, each and every explorer replied "count me in!"

12/04/2023

Tim Taylor, Skokie's Fire Prevention Specialist, is here to give you a few tips to help ensure that you and your loved ones have a safe holiday season!

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Donate to the Village’s Assist-A-Family Campaign! https://skokie-por...
11/28/2023

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Donate to the Village’s Assist-A-Family Campaign! https://skokie-portal.app.transform.civicplus.com/forms/23637

In addition to providing year-round emergency financial assistance, the Skokie Health and Human Services Department identifies eligible Skokie families during the winter holiday season and provides them with gift cards for area businesses to purchase food, household necessities and other items specific to their needs.

Burned out bulbs? Drop off holiday string lighting and extension cords for recycling at the Village's Public Works facil...
11/27/2023

Burned out bulbs? Drop off holiday string lighting and extension cords for recycling at the Village's Public Works facility, 9050 Gross Point Rd.!

Materials are accepted Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., through January 31, 2024. Ornaments, garland and other decorations are not accepted. This program is a parternship with Elgin Recycling.

MAKES A GREAT GIFT! Beginning today, purchase a Skokie 2024 mug and present it for a FREE brewed coffee or tea every day...
11/25/2023

MAKES A GREAT GIFT! Beginning today, purchase a Skokie 2024 mug and present it for a FREE brewed coffee or tea every day during the month of January 2024 at all participating locations: Kneads and Wants Artisan Bakery, Will's Place Skokie, Qahwah House Skokie, and Soul Good Coffee.
$10 from the sale of each mug will go to the Skokie Community Foundation

11/21/2023

Congratulations to Soul Good Coffee, the 2023 Skokie Business of the Year!

The Village's Consumer Affairs Commission unanimously selected Soul Good as this year's winner. Nominations highlighted its unique coffee and food offerings, excellent customer service, and support of the Skokie community.

Look for Soul Good at its winter pop-up location at Sketchbook Brewing Company (4901 Main St.) coming soon.

Congratulations are also in order for this year's honorable mentions, Charcoal Oven, Qahwah House and Take Flight Spirits!

(Video by Richard Cahan)

Due to the observance of Thanksgiving, the following holiday refuse and recycling schedule will be in effect this week. ...
11/19/2023

Due to the observance of Thanksgiving, the following holiday refuse and recycling schedule will be in effect this week.
Monday and Tuesday collections as normal
Thursday collections on Wednesday
Friday collections as normal

In addition, Skokie Village Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting traffic signal maintenance work at the intersections of Howard S...
11/17/2023

The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting traffic signal maintenance work at the intersections of Howard St./Skokie Blvd., Howard St./Lincoln Ave., and Lincoln Ave./Skokie Blvd.

🕐 Schedule: Work is now underway and is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, November 28. The schedule is dependent on material availability, weather and other factors.

🚗 Impacts: Traffic delays are expected; please consider using an alternate route.

🚦 Scope: The project will include equipment updates and traffic signal timing improvements.

Skokie Fire Chief Jeff Hoeflich was honored to be guest barista at Will's Place Skokie in Downtown Skokie this week!
11/17/2023

Skokie Fire Chief Jeff Hoeflich was honored to be guest barista at Will's Place Skokie in Downtown Skokie this week!

The Village of Skokie has joined more than 30 area communities in condemning all acts of hate and reaffirming our shared...
11/16/2023

The Village of Skokie has joined more than 30 area communities in condemning all acts of hate and reaffirming our shared commitment to being inclusive and welcoming communities for all. Read the joint statement below:

"As suburban cities and villages across the region, we stand united behind a core shared value: the unequivocal condemnation of all acts of hate.

During these times of strife, we are more committed than ever to safeguarding our communities. We strive to be inclusive and welcoming spaces for the residents, businesses, and students who call our communities home as well as any visitors, and strongly oppose hate-motivated hostility that only serves to sow division and fear.

Our vigilance has been heightened as the ongoing war in Israel and Gaza, as well as the accompanying violence, have impacted many of our residents.

This has led to an unsettling surge in inflammatory, antisemitic and Islamophobic rhetoric and behavior on a global scale. The heavy burden of grief, anxiety, and isolation is one that many community members bear as they and their families confront the consequences of terrorism.

While no specific threats have been reported in our communities, we understand that our residents are concerned about the wide-spread increase in antisemitic and Islamophobic language, imagery, or behavior. Protecting public safety remains our highest priority, and in today’s interconnected world, it is a shared responsibility among regional, state and federal government partners.

Our collaboration transcends boundaries, fostering regional awareness and a coordinated response to the concerns of our residents – whether local, national, or global. This regional alignment is possible through the continued multi-jurisdictional exchange of information, joint training initiatives, and shared public safety dispatch services. We are proud of the strong partnerships that link our communities.

We rely on the entire community to assist in promoting public safety. It is essential that community members – including residents, business owners and employees – report suspicious behaviors, threats, or other activity to law enforcement by calling 911. The United States Department of Homeland Security encourages all Americans to familiarize themselves with recognizing and reporting suspicious behaviors by using the resources at dhs.gov/see-something-say-something.

The Cities of Highland Park and Highwood, and the Villages of Bannockburn, Carol Stream, Deerfield, Flossmoor, Forest Park, Forest View, Glencoe, Glenview, Grayslake, Hampshire, Hazel Crest, Hainesville, Hoffman Estates, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lake Bluff, Lake in the Hills, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Lindenhurst, North Barrington, North Riverside, Northbrook, Northfield, Palos Park, Richton Park, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wadsworth, Wheeling and Wilmette will continue to collaborate with federal and state law enforcement agencies and antiterrorism professionals. Together, we will continue to monitor intelligence and implement additional measures to protect the public’s safety in our communities."

Visit www.transitchicago.com for information and updates on Chicago Transit Authority Yellow Line service following an e...
11/16/2023

Visit www.transitchicago.com for information and updates on Chicago Transit Authority Yellow Line service following an earlier incident near Howard.

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5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL
60077

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Telephone

+18476730500

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