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Skokie, IL, Village and Higher Education Facts

Skokie, Illinois, is an established, well-educated suburb of Chicago. Its approximately 65,000 residents live within commuting distance of such world-class universities as the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Read about it here.

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Information about Skokie

Skokie, Illinois, is located about 16 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. A densely-populated, inner-ring suburb, Skokie occupies about ten square miles of land area and is home to a substantial Asian population. The inhabitants of Skokie are well-educated, with nearly 47% of adult residents holding at least a bachelor's degree in the 2010-2014 time period, based on census figures. Nearly 42% of Skokie residents were born in other countries, according to 2010-2014 census data.

Cultural destinations in the area include the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, the Skokie Heritage Museum and the Skokie Historical Society. There are also many well-known theaters and cultural venues in the downtown Skokie area. Neighboring Chicago is home to such sights as the Magnificent Mile shopping district, Chinatown and the Loop's incredible selection of architecture. Navy Pier, to the east of Chicago's central business district, offers a wide selection of attractions, including a Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, the Chicago Children's Museum and, during the winter months, an ice skating rink.

Higher Education in Skokie

Skokie, a longtime center for the Jewish population of the greater Chicago metropolitan area, is home to the Hebrew Theological College, which enrolls roughly 470 students. Chicago ORT Technical Institute, Knowledge Systems Institute and the Chicago School of Violin Making also are located in the village. Beyond Skokie's borders, the greater Chicago area boasts such institutions of higher learning as Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Industry and Economic Information

As reported on the Village of Skokie website, as of the 2010 census, educational services, healthcare and social assistance employ the largest number of residents in Skokie. This is followed by retail trade, then professional, scientific, management and administrative and waste management services and manufacturing. Among the largest employers in Skokie as of 2011 data from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity were North Shore University Health Systems, Federal Mogul, Macy's, Niles Township High School District # 219, Nordstrom and Cook County.

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