Skokie, Illinois

Skokie, Illinois,(originally The Niles Center) is a village in Cook County, United States. Skokie is around 15 miles north of Chicago’s Loop. Potawatomi for “marsh” inspired its name. Skokie used to call itself “The World’s Largest Village.” It had 67,824 residents in the 2020 census. Skokie’s streets, like many suburbs, follow the Chicago street grid, […]

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is a museum in Skokie, Illinois, near Chicago, dedicated to the history of the Holocaust.   Its aim is to “Remember the Past” and “Transform the Future,” preserving the Holocaust’s legacy by remembering the memory of those who perished and teaching universal principles that resist hatred, bigotry, and […]

Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Paul Hurwitz and a group of local musicians created the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra (SVSO) in Skokie, IL in 1962. Dr. Leon Stein was hired as the group’s first conductor. Several outstanding musicians from the area began attending rehearsals, and the first concert was performed at Niles East High School with a pretty full […]

Westfield Old Orchard

Old Orchard Retail Center, originally Westfield Old Orchard, is an upscale shopping mall in the Chicago metropolitan area. Skokie, Illinois is the location. Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Barnes & Noble are among the anchor stores. Marshall Field and Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The Fair Department Store were among the first stores to open at […]