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Top Reasons to Live in Skokie IL

  • Bordering Chicago to the southeast and southwest, Skokie, Illinois, fashions itself as the "World's Largest Village." In the past, many of the residents here were of Jewish descent, and a monument to that legacy is located in the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in the northwest part of town. The city also has a rich cinema heritage, with movies such as The Blues Brothers and Sixteen Candles being filmed in and around Skokie's very streets.

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  • Housing StatisticsLess than five percent of homes are vacant in Skokie, while the residential turnover rate is just 13 percent, meaning that finding a house, whether to purchase outright or as a rent-to-own house, can be challenging. However, with the year-on-year median sales price of homes rising 13.3 percent to $226,500 between May and July 2013, and the number of sales increasing by 14.9 percent to 254 in the same period, if you can find property to purchase or rent to own in Skokie, it could be a great long-term investment.
  • Local Sports Skokie residents can be found cheering for the various Niles West High School sports teams--go Wolves! The loyal supporters in the the community haven't had too much to cheer about recently--not since the 1970s have they won a state championship (in baseball), back when they were known as the Niles West Indians. Nevertheless, you'll still find the Mike Basrak Field packed on game night, with football and soccer as well as track and field events taking place on the school's grounds off Oakton Street. If you're not the biggest fan of field games, you can always throw your support behind the basketball or wrestling teams. Of course, being just 15 miles from Chicago, many locals support major professional teams like the popular Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, and, of course, da Bears!
  • Largest Employers and Industries The unemployment rate in Skokie tends to hover around the national average, while sitting comfortably below the state average. Healthcare science is a major industry in the area. Pfizer, located in downtown Skokie, is the largest employer in the village, with more than 2,000 people working for the pharmaceuticals company, while the North Shore University Health System and Skokie Hospital combined have a similarly sized workforce. Meanwhile, Woodward MPC Frame Systems, which designs and makes parts for the aerospace and energy markets, also makes a sizable contribution to the local economy.
  • Nightlife If you're a fan of late-night dancing, Skokie's nightlife will probably leave something to be desired, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a great night out. The village's after-dark entertainment can be found to the southwest, with the Kush Hookah Lounge on Dempster Street being a favorite of many thanks to its laid-back atmosphere and the option to lay back on great big welcoming couches.
  • Outdoor Activities While Skokie Lagoons aren't technically in Skokie, simply head north, and they're quickly and easily accessible by road. The scenic biking route here is connected to the longer North Branch Bicycle Trail; while if you'd rather take to the water, you can try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, or row-boating. Meanwhile, within Skokie itself is the Evanston Golf Club, which prompts just one question: nine holes or 18?