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Village of Skokie

Village of Skokie Official Village of Skokie, Illinois government page. 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 rapidly 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." Today, Skokie is home to

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 rapidly 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." Today, Skokie is home to

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Road construction is starting up again for the season and includes street resurfacing as well as other projects, such as...
05/04/2022
Skokie 2022 Summer Road Construction Preview

Road construction is starting up again for the season and includes street resurfacing as well as other projects, such as sewer and water main repairs. The Village has created a short video outlining the 2022 road construction projects.

Click below to access the video detailing the Village's plans to resurface seven miles of Skokie streets plus projects by the Illinois Department of Transportation and more.

Summary of upcoming road construction projects in the Village of Skokie for Summer 2022.

Did you miss Spring Greening? Don’t worry, Skokie residents are welcome to recycle documents and electronics at upcoming...
05/03/2022

Did you miss Spring Greening? Don’t worry, Skokie residents are welcome to recycle documents and electronics at upcoming events in Wheeling and Morton Grove!

For more information, visit https://swancc.org/recycling/document-destruction

Today's 'Mural Monday' features the first mural ever commissioned by the Skokie Public Arts Advisory Committee, the Laur...
05/02/2022

Today's 'Mural Monday' features the first mural ever commissioned by the Skokie Public Arts Advisory Committee, the Lauren Asta mural located at 4517 Oakton St.

Lauren Asta is a San Francisco artist specializing in illustration, oddity art, doodle art, street art and murals. Her murals are all hand painted without any aid of a sketch, projector, or traced outlined. She works completely free hand.

The goal of the mural project was to promote artistic talent and engage the community by turning empty walls into public canvases thus having a lasting effect on local neighborhoods. The Miishkooki mural took about two weeks to create during October and November of 2016. The fact that the Miishkooki Art Space is located on a busy street of both foot traffic and car traffic, meant a lot of people seeing the growth of the mural from start to finish. By the third day, much of the neighborhood had approached Asta and asked what she was doing? Many returned on a daily basis to ask more curious questions about art, Asta's process, why she was doing this and to take pictures.

For Asta, it is an opportunity to educate and expose the public to something they maybe aren't too familiar with, or have ever even had a chance to be in proximity of. Asta said it was exciting to see people get excited and become alive from something new and different. A finished mural for Asta is always a beautiful thing, but the conversations it creates and the community it builds through connections and relationships is always her desired result. Humans can experience art by letting it move them from the everyday into the world of endless possibilities.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Village of Skokie joins the Skokie Public Library and oth...
05/02/2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Village of Skokie joins the Skokie Public Library and other community partners in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May.

The Skokie Public Library has numerous events and programs for the month-long celebration. The month starts off for kids learning about Hawaii through Adventure Club on May 3. Events planned for adults focus on celebrating heritage by celebrating history. For the first event of the month for adults, Laura Houcque Prabhakar will speak about Why AAPI History Matters on Saturday, May 7 from 1-2 pm.

For a full list of events, please visit https://skokielibrary.info/events/group/aapi/

The Village’s annual fire hydrant flushing program begins soon. Hydrant flushing helps ensure that optimal water flow is...
04/30/2022

The Village’s annual fire hydrant flushing program begins soon. Hydrant flushing helps ensure that optimal water flow is available to firefighters, residents and businesses, and also helps maintain water clarity and quality by clearing iron and mineral deposits from the water mains and distribution pipes.

Hydrants are flushed Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, except during emergencies such as a water main break.

When a fire hydrant is flushed, residents living nearby might notice a brief discoloration in their residential tap water. Running the cold water faucets open for a few minutes will alleviate the discoloration concern. To avoid staining clothing, do not wash clothes until the water runs clear once again. Even if slightly tinged with color, the water is safe to drink and poses no health threat.

For more information on hydrant flushing, visit https://www.skokie.org/1018/Hydrant-Flushing-Program

Join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Gleiss Park, 9301 Keystone Avenue, for the annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony! This ...
04/28/2022

Join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Gleiss Park, 9301 Keystone Avenue, for the annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony! This event is a partnership between the Village's Public Works Department, the Beautification and Improvement Commission and the Skokie Park District.

The urban tree canopy cover reduces pollution and helps to combat climate change. Skokie has been designated as a Tree City USA since 1985 and recently received a "Growth Award" for the community's dedication to urban forestry and "commitment to a brighter, greener future."

For more information on trees in Skokie, visit https://www.skokie.org/282/Forestry

Thank you Clean, Green Skokie volunteers! A total of 36 community groups cleaned litter throughout Skokie in this year's...
04/27/2022

Thank you Clean, Green Skokie volunteers! A total of 36 community groups cleaned litter throughout Skokie in this year's Clean, Green Skokie community-wide clean up initiative. A list of all groups, including the six Adopt-A-Street volunteer groups who clean litter throughout the year, will be listed in an upcoming edition of SkokieNews. Here are photos of a few groups that cleaned last week, rain or shine!

The Stand Against Racism event is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in front of Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakt...
04/26/2022

The Stand Against Racism event is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in front of Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street! All residents are invited to participate and read the Stand Against Racism pledge together. Signs will be available at the event.

The Village’s Human Relations Commission and the Village of Skokie are partnering with the YWCA Evanston North Shore on this annual event. Join us immediately after the Stand at 11 a.m. in the first-floor Council Chambers at Skokie Village Hall for an open and educational dialogue led by the YWCA Evanston North Shore Equity Team.

Residents not able to attend the actual event have the option to register for the free keynote Stand Against Racism speaker, Loretta J. Ross, hosted by the YWCA Evanston North Shore on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Click here to see more information and register.

For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-against-racism-keynote-speaker-loretta-j-ross-tickets-292566172297

It's Mural Monday! Today we feature the "Dream Big" mural created by Texas-based artist Tim Kerr, at 8105 Skokie Blvd. i...
04/25/2022

It's Mural Monday! Today we feature the "Dream Big" mural created by Texas-based artist Tim Kerr, at 8105 Skokie Blvd. in late August 2017.

Tim Kerr is perhaps best known as a musician and co-founder of the influential Austin hardcore band the Big Boys, but he has also made a name as an artist and painter and has created murals around the world.

Focusing primarily on important historical figures, Kerr paints on various materials such as maps, skateboard decks and cardboard.

To view more of his work, visit http://www.timkerr.net/home.htm.

The Skokie 4th of July Parade is back! Please join us on July 4th starting at 12 noon for the return of one of the great...
04/25/2022

The Skokie 4th of July Parade is back! Please join us on July 4th starting at 12 noon for the return of one of the great parades on Chicago’s Northshore! The parade will return to its normal route up Lincoln Avenue to Oakton through downtown Skokie.

Interested in being in the parade, being a sponsor and/or being a volunteer? Visit www.skokie4th.org

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) reminds residents that tires, when improperly discarded or stored, c...
04/24/2022

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) reminds residents that tires, when improperly discarded or stored, can be significant sources for mosquito breeding. A single tire, when filled with water, can create thousands of mosquitoes over a summer season increasing the risk of mosquito-borne disease and reducing quality of life.

In order to better serve the residents of the District, the NSMAD will collect unused and discarded tires. Collected tires will be properly stored in an enclosed container at NSMAD facilities and transferred to an ILEPA licensed tire recycler.

District residents may fill out their service request form (choose: tire collection in the drop-down menu) at https://www.nsmad.org/our_services/how_we_can_help/tire_collection_program.php or may call 847-446-9434 to arrange a used tire drop-off appointment at NSMAD headquarters or to arrange for their staff to pick-up at a residence.

In the coming months, the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC) and Village staff will work with Minneapo...
04/23/2022

In the coming months, the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC) and Village staff will work with Minneapolis-based environmental consulting firm paleBluedot LLC to update the Village's 2016-2021 Environmental Sustainability Plan. This firm was selected because of their experience and commitment to extensive community engagement and information gathering during the plan development process.

Updates on the plan will be posted here and on the Village's website, www.skokie.org

Happy Earth Day! Earthday.org challenges each of us to be a part of the change. Here are some ways you can celebrate Ear...
04/22/2022

Happy Earth Day! Earthday.org challenges each of us to be a part of the change. Here are some ways you can celebrate Earth Day:

• Pick up litter in your neighborhood
• Buy a reusable water bottle and stop purchasing bottled water
• Save money on your electric bill and join Skokie’s community solar program.
• Make a small donation to an environmental cause or charity
• Plant a tree in your parkway – call Public Works at 847-933-8427 to have a Forester evaluate your parkway
• Recycle your clothes through the Village’s Simple Recycling Program.

For more information on Village sustainability programs, visit https://www.skokie.org/266/Public-Works

Plant Native!  Native plants are good for our local native bees, butterflies, and birds.  Here are a few recommendations...
04/21/2022

Plant Native! Native plants are good for our local native bees, butterflies, and birds. Here are a few recommendations from Village of Skokie horticulturists:

Wet soil - Spiderwort

Ornamental grass - Prairie Dropseed grass

Attracts butterflies – Butterfly weed

Full sun – Black-eyed Susan

Tall/backdrop plantings – False indigo / Baptisia

For more information on native plants, email [email protected] or visit
https://extension.illinois.edu/cook/selecting-native-plants

The Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC) encourages you to make an Earth Day promise to reduce plastic b...
04/20/2022

The Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC) encourages you to make an Earth Day promise to reduce plastic bags!

1. Bring your own reusable bags.
2. Keep a few reusable bags separate that are not used for groceries – use those for your other shopping excursions for clothing, hardware stores, pharmacies, etc.
3. Keep reusable bags in your car so you don’t forget them
4. Decline the bag if you are only purchasing one or two items.
5. Check your local grocery stores and retail stores – many now offer plastic bag recycling

Address

5127 Oakton St.
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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