In the early 1800s, the area that became Skokie was a land of swamps and forests, a place where buffalo, wildcat, fox, and deer were plentiful. From those early beginnings rose the Village of Skokie that today is a culturally diverse and economically progressive community. Skokie was a German-Luxembourger farming community, but was later settled by a sizeable Jewish population, especially after World War II. In the early 1900s, Skokie was known for its vegetable farms, greenhouses and saloons.
Skokie's population grew so rapidly that at one point Skokie was established as "The World's Largest Village." A real estate boom ensued until the Great Depression. Skokie's single-family home development flourished as the population doubled between 1940 and 1950.
Only 16 miles from city center of Chicago, there is much within reach of Skokie. Within the town itself, some of the best places and events to check out include:
Living in Skokie offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Skokie there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Skokie and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Skokie are highly rated.