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Village of Skokie Business and Economic Development 
Diversity, the hallmark of Skokie, is reflected not only in its demography, but also in its economic profile and economic development strategies. The Economic Development Division promotes a diverse and progressive economic development approach to make Skokie as one of the best places of its size to live and work. The Village is actively pursuing policies to attract high quality jobs, maintain and enhance its position as a major retail center in Chicagoland, create a more vibrant downtown, promote transit oriented development, and retain its manufacturing base. Primary functions of the Economic Development Division include:

  • Coordinating special redevelopment programs throughout the Village’s business districts;
  • Marketing available properties and development opportunities;
  • Managing tax increment financing (TIF) districts and other development projects; and
  • Disseminating economic and community data to developers, businesses, citizens and other interested parties.


Looking to open a business in Skokie?  Use the Zoom Prospector link below to search for available commercial properties in Skokie.  When you have noted properties of interest, contact Leslie Murphy at Skokie’s Economic Development Office for more information on the properties you have selected. 

Zoom Prospector Commercial Property Search Tool for Skokie

Village of Skokie Community Development  
The Community Development Department includes the Planning, Economic Development, Building and Zoning, and Property Standards Divisions and provides “one-stop-shopping” for the Village’s development needs.

Skokie Public Library Business Services  
If you’re looking to start, manage, or grow a business, the Skokie Public Library can provide tools and support to help you get the job done.


Useful Links

Local Government
Village of Skokie
Skokie Police Department Facebook Page
Niles Township
Cook County
State of Illinois

Downtown Skokie Facebook Page

Skokie Farmer’s Market

Wednesdays on the Green
Wednesdays on the Green Website
Wednesdays on the Green Facebook page

Skokie Public Library

Skokie Park District
Skokie’s Backlot Bash
Skokie Festival of Cultures

Skokie Community Foundation

Additional Resources
Better Business Bureau
Small Business Advocacy Council
SCORE North Chicago
Internal Revenue Services
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
U.S. Small Business Administration
Cook County Department of Public Health
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
United State Department of Labor