Skokie offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities for its residents to enjoy. The state-of-the-art, award-winning North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie has hosted performances by Bill Cosby, Marvin Hamlisch, Crystal Gayle, Joe Mantegna, Dennis Franz, and many more including local talents such as Mike Nussbaum, Jennifer Graham, and Hubbard Street Dance Company. Skokie is also home to three distinct resident companies: Centre East, Northlight Theatre and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra.
The Skokie Park District, established in 1928, protects valuable natural resources, preserves historical sites and provides a plethora of unique recreational opportunities within its 240-plus acres of parkland. Choose from almost any imaginable recreational activity ranging from fitness classes to canoe trips and even dog obedience classes. State-licensed childcare and preschool is also available including accredited camps. The Skokie Park District also offers instructional recreational programming for all age groups.
Skokie public schools are under the jurisdiction of several school districts, all award winning. Oakton Community College of Skokie offers various associate degree programs. The University of Chicago is conveniently close and offers undergraduate and graduate level programs of all types. The University of Illinois at Chicago is recognized nationally and internationally for its research strength offering a multitude of bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs to meet any higher education desires.
Chicago is close at hand and provides a multitude of cultural and leisure attractions: spectacular shopping on the Magnificent Mile and celebrated State Street, delectable dining from four-star restaurants to authentic cultural cuisine, world-renowned museums (Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry and the Museum Campus institutions: The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium), exciting entertainment for all ages including the theater district, live blues and jazz clubs, and more. Don’t forget the wealth of employment opportunities Chicago has to offer just minutes away from Skokie.
In sum, Skokie has a lot to offer with its “Village” community-centered atmosphere and proximity to both Chicago and Lake Michigan—work, recreation, and life become a harmonious team.
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