it's Skokie

Located just 16 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Skokie is a diverse community catering to suburban residents who enjoy a more urban lifestyle. Featured in's Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2014 — the only Illinois locale to make the list — the town has a hometown feel with a modern edge.

From community and culture to commerce and cuisine, Skokie has it all. The community boasts numerous parks, a world-class library, award-winning schools, a science and technology research campus, easily accessible public transportation and convenient access to downtown Chicago.

Downtown Skokie offers a wide variety of international cuisine, including the critically-acclaimed Libertad, hailed by Chicago magazine as one of the 20 Best New Restaurants in 2012, as well as Michelin-rated Kabul House, Tub Tim Thai and Yolo Mexican Eatery. The area has a restaurant to suit nearly any palate, with cuisine choices ranging from Italian and Irish to Chinese, Jamaican and Armenian. Home to one of the region's top shopping centers, Westfield Old Orchard Mall, Skokie also offers residents an assortment of upscale retailers and two cinemas.

The village of Skokie has made a number of significant enhancements to the community with its downtown reinvented initiative. Recently, the village invested $9 million in downtown Skokie's infrastructure to include new pavement, sidewalks, lighting, furniture and landscaping. ranks the community "Walker's Paradise," meaning residents can accomplish most errands by foot.