Community Guides


Business Resources

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.


Workforce Development

Paid Options

Catherine Johns, Ltd.

Personalized Coaching Programs and more.


Catherine Johns Ltd. Directory Listing

CCR Search – part of JP Workman Group

Staffing agency, executive headhunter, talent acquisition, specializing in: Management Leaders, Sales, Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Construction & Engineering, Project Managers, Superintendents, Estimators, and Engineers. Additional industries like Healthcare/Medical can be outsourced with referred partners of CCR Search – just ask.

Contact: Dan Steindler at 312.905.4146 or

CCR Search Directory Listing 

Free Options

Skokie Chamber Job Board

Posting on the Job Board is FREE and easy! Simple log in to your Chamber Account, click Job Postings, click Add New Job Posting, fill out the form, and click submit. Once approved by the Chamber Office, your job will go live on our website!

National Able Network, Inc.

Preparing Today’s Communities to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges Through Education, Employment and Opportunity.

Evanston Public Library

1703 Orrington Ave., 3rd Floor, Evanston, IL 60201


Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) is now a part of Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS)

To Provide Help, Healing and Caring Services Infused with Jewish Values to Strengthen Lives in our Community.

5150 W. Golf Rd., Skokie, IL 60077


Oakton Community College – Skokie & Des Plaines Campuses

Workforce Solutions


Contact: Eilish McDFonagh-Hermer, Senior Manager of Workforce Solutions at 847.376.7759 or To post your help wanted ad for FREE

Niles Township School District 219

D219’s Education to Careers program invites local businesses and professionals to partner with our schools to provide meaningful career exploration experiences for our students.

7700 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL 60077


Skokie Public Library

5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077


Loyola University Chicago: Career Services Department

Student career advisors; job board for employers to post available positions within their company for FREE; partner with the university for career fairs, and additional opportunities.

Contact: James Cannon, Associate Director or Career Services at

Contact: Megan Sieberg, Career Advisor for the School of Nursing at

North Suburban Cook County American Job Center (AJC)

The largest, comprehensive AJC in the State of Illinois, offering employers assistance with recruitment, candidate referrals, training resources, internships, apprenticeships, layoff support and more. 

Contact: Deb Lawrence, Business Services & Community Relations by filling out their online form here 

Illinois Job Link – Sponsored by the State of Illinois to support Employers and Prospective Workers

Looking for that perfect employee? can help. Save searches, flag reviewed resumes, and connect with staff to find the talent you need. –

Roll Call Chicagoland – Chicagoland’s Premier Veteran Network

Looking to hire or support veterans? Roll Call is a premier Employee Readiness program to support transitioning veterans while establishing themselves in professions with dedicated businesses. 

Roll Call Chicagoland 

YWCA Evanston / North Shore

The YWCA offers many training and community-oriented seminars and classes. Programs that provide vocational and basic technology skills to workers, including a web design and tech lab program, a culinary program, and more. Programs for employers aim to strengthen your Board of Directors, understanding racial inequality, events for nonprofits to further engage their community, and many more. Connect with the local YWCA to learn how they can support your search for quality and reliable employee candidates.

Contact: Tiffany McDowell, Directory of Equity Institute at  

What We Do – YWCA Evanston/North Shore (

Paid (with a Free) Option

Handshake Job Board

Handshake is the #1 college-to-career network. At least 10 colleges and universities within the Greater Chicagoland area have signed up to access their platform, including UIC, DePaul University and others. Post on their platform and have your lied to many college campuses and their student populations in the area. They have both a paid and free option to register with based on the available benefits that align with your goals. 

Many large corporations take advantage of their service including: CVS, General Motors, Aflac, Nike, American Express, CDW, Mcdonalds, PayPal, Liberty Mutual, and many others.

Hire Students and Graduates | Handshake (


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