Skokie has almost 65,000 residents in its 10 square miles.
The “world’s largest village” has long been known as a destination for those seeking retail therapy (Westfield Old Orchard, Fox’s Designer Off-Price, Old Navy) but it’s also worth a closer look for its vibrant performing arts scene, history and other hidden gems.
The Charcoal Oven is a sophisticated trip back in time to the era of Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Founded by the late Phil Georgouses and his wife in 1949, it’s now managed by his daughter, Maria, and her husband, Rich. With quality steaks, fish, salads and homemade beignets, it remains one of the area’s most iconic supper clubs. 440 Golf Rd.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Northlight Theatre, the Skokie Valley Symphony, a K-12 youth theater program and more. The center often hosts big-name performers such as Bob Newhart, Kathy Griffin, Bill Cosby, Queen Latifah and the Joffrey Ballet, to name a few. 9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie Sports Park offers a year-round, heated driving range with 40 stations and an automated tee-up system. There’s also seasonal mini golf, batting cages and an event space for birthday parties. 3459 Oakton St.
Poochie’s Hot Dogs was established in 1969 and only recently relocated from its original location on Dempster Street to a newer, bigger spot just down the road. With innumerable mentions in local and national publications, it’s unquestionably one of the best dog and char-cheddar burger places in the state. 3602 Dempster St.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center was created to honor the legacy of the Holocaust through memories of its victims while educating citizens to prevent hatred, prejudice and genocide. The Zev and Shifra Karkomi Permanent Exhibition contains more than 500 artifacts, documents and photographs from the Holocaust era. 9603 Woods Drive