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  • Skokie has a Livability Score of 73/100, which is considered excellent
  • Skokie crime rates are 61% higher than the Illinois average
  • Cost of living in Skokie is 23% higher than the Illinois average
  • Skokie real estate prices are 61% higher than the Illinois average
  • Rental prices in Skokie are 25% higher than the Illinois average

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      Great place to live

      I moved to Skokie 6 years ago. I do have children that are in middle school and high school. The schools have modern amenities and many programs for students both artistic and physical interests. Streets are busy but purposefully active. My children have really enjoyed living here compared to the Libertyville area because everything is bikable or walkable. In addition, they experience a cultural diversity that is global. Many religions and ethnicities reside in Skokie. This my children enjoy. Additionally, there are many parks with basketball/tennis/and open areas. Just 4 houses down they can meet with children and play a game of baseball, basketball or tennis at the park. The Park District is very affordable and have a wide array of programs for my children to participate in throughout the year. They even have programs that interest high schoolers-trips to the city using public transportation. They also enjoy the public library which is well staffed and accessible.

      I moved here because it is close to the city where I work, but I am very happy to say that it has a very hometown and quiet respite from the city life. Although I can be in the hub of Chicago within 15 minutes driving, I do not feel that I need to work at that pace continually. Shopping for groceries or retail is very accessible. Many neighborhoods have nearby salons, dry cleaners, and workout small gyms/yoga/small restaurants (strip mall things) that you can walk to easily. Transportation is very accessible with links to the el in Chicago as well as 90/94. In addition, I can be at O'Hare for under $25 in a taxi, or under 25 minutes by car. Pace Buses run throughout the area. This is important to me because I do not want to spend all of my time commuting to my home and work. If you want to enjoy your family and not surrender money from your work, Skokie is the place to live. I make better wages near Chicago, but do not have to commute over an hour to home.

      I find that there are many wonderful places to eat in Skokie. A diverse amount of food is available for delivery. I also have nearby access to entertainment at the Northshore Centre, comedy clubs and small performance venues that speckle the northshore and provide fabulous entertainment and a wide array of performances. Also within biking distance is the Botanic Gardens and Ravinia for summer fun. Major bike trails/horse trails can be found at the Forest Preserve nearby. Canoe and Kayak is near for exercise. My son, in highschool, has biked to Navy Pier and the Lakeshore bike trail accessing it in Evanston.

      If you are looking for night clubs and a lot of drinking, Skokie will not be the place for you. Most of the "adult hangouts" are not "clubbish." If that is your thing, a short Uber and you are downtown for that.

      I have nice neighbors, but not overly nosey. My neighborhood is quiet with bus stops nearby. Kids ride the bus for a dollar and can get to places independently. Which is nice for them. Many people seem to have dogs here, and they walk the dogs (pick up droppings) and say hello. I often see people walking on the sidewalks for exercise or relaxation. People take care of their yards, but are not overly so....clean but neighborly. Children are polite and active...riding bikes with friends and playing in the parks. It seems like they play "pick up games" where all are welcome. My high schooler says he is glad to move here because there is so much more to do then in Lake County.

      I felt that home prices were a bit more expensive, but then northshore near the city they are more expensive. The homes are of good quality. You can find some more affordably priced than others. One thing I noted, that some reported small square footage, but then they do not report anything below the front door. So tri-levels they only report street level and second floor square footage so bear that in mind when you are looking. Family Room and basement Rec Rooms are not taxed as square footage in listings. Utilities are working- some towns electric goes out/sewers shut down aware, Skokie not. Garbage pickup is twice a week for waste and once for recycling. Really great service with friendly staff that replaced a garbage can after one phone call. Yard waste is free pickup / but not grass clippings. Most folks get a mow/blow/go guy for the weekly grass. They are affordable and abundant. Streets are cleared quickly in snow....that is nice. The police are frequently patrolling and waving hello. Also, the rescue/ambulance when called to my home showed up within 4 min so that was great. fyi.

      Well there you have it. If you are a nice person looking for a great place to live---look in Skokie.
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      Many go out places but also many troubles

      I honestly don't recommend this town for living from my experience. Every day during my 10 to 25minutes drive I see at least one dead animal (usually two or three) killed by car accident on the road(15-30miles). Cars run fast in streets and parking lots. Many times they don't stop or slow down for pedestrians. I saw a group of people in a car throwing bottles of alcohol out of the car, happened on Touhy road passing Villiage crossing. The car ran fast into our villiage (many apratments gathered). Yesterday I saw a car not stopping and hitting two raccoons then running over one of the raccoons that just got hit. Other cars in the back slowed down and I hope someone moved and called 911 because the raccoons were hurt but still alive. The car drove a while and stopped. It seemed like the person just wanted to check his car... but not the raccoons. Yesturday I finally figured how Icould see so many dead animals on the road, some people in town never slow down.The street in front of my apartment is one way with cars parked in both sides. One night, there was a car standing half part sticking out to the road. I waited for a while because the guy inside turned his face and looked at me. So I asked him, "Could you move your car a little bit sir?" He stared at me, told me to just go through and shortly he started yelling. I told him that I was sorry but I wasn't good at driving so if he could help me a little bit. Now he started swearing and his party came out from the apartment and joined. She stood in front my car and sweared and yelled. I was scared so I tried slowly and passed, I made it and it worked, but you know what I mean... You don't park your car like that eapecially when you park on one way street. Also you don't swear at the person who asks you nicely to move the car into the right spot. While I was passing, the lady bent her back and put her head right next to my face (the window was opened) and yelled directly at my ear. I couldn't call the police at the moment because I was afraid of what they would do when they see me trying to call the police.I got into a car accident 4 months ago, it was a brand new car that only had been two weeks. We atopped at a red signal light. After around 10 seconds a car ran into our back. We pulled our car to the side, our bumper was totally crashed. The ladies came out of the car giggling and chatting each other then asked us "Are you okay?(still laughing)" We called the cops and were waiting together. Instead of saying sorry they said "Did you call the cops? (We did in front of her) I don't have much time." To a person who was hurt because of her, I was holding my back and sitting down because I hurt my back.She didn't seem like she understood what she just did to someone. The police came and asked questions to us and joined them immmediately chatting and laughing. He also made a mistake on the report writing as we hit their car. It did look like he wasn't concentrating on his work though.Honestly speaking, we have many troublesome neighbors. Those stories are just few ones that happened not long ago so I remember. My family and my neighbors have bigger and smaller issues they've experienced in this town. I gave two stars because there are big malls around. However I would rather recommend you driving down and visit to hang out but not to live here. I really regret moving to this town. Of course there are good neighbors as well. Every towns have good and bad neighbors, but you will see more troubles and issues compare to other towns and town and it's been getting worse.
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      Old Skokie, IL

      My friend told me about a trip she took to Skokie, Illinois and I have to admit at first I laughed. I asked her how she could have any fun in a place called Skokie but when she started to explain the trip she took I decided that I would go there on vacation as well. So last year (2009) in July I decided to visit.

      I went to the Westfield Old Orchard which is a mall that proved to be a lot of fun. I watched a movie and went shopping and also grabbed some dinner right there in the mall. I saw college students studying and kids playing it was great fun. I stayed at a local bed and breakfast and saw a show at the Northlight Theatre.

      Skokie has a slow paced small city feeling which is an amazing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The wonderful thing about Skokie is that many movies have been filmed there. Risky Business, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science, to name a few. Visiting the city was a great way to delve into history and experience some of the history that Skokie has to offer.

      The food was amazing. I found it very easy to get a great home cooked like meal all over town. I was very rested and relaxed when my vacation was over and I can not wait to go back.
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      Source: The Skokie, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).