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Shopping, Dining and Lodging

Located just 16 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Skokie is known for its international cuisine and critically-acclaimed restaurants, as well as extensive shopping opportunities at boutiques and retailers in the revitalized downtown community and upscale shops at Westfield Old Orchard Mall.

Skokie’s dining, entertainment and retail centers are ideally located and connected to major highways and thoroughfares, O’Hare International Airport and a vast public transportation network, including the new downtown Skokie Yellow Line CTA transit stop that boards 1,000 riders a day.

Westfield Old Orchard

Take in the senses of the seasons and explore a calendar full of entertainment at Westfield Old Orchard, all year long. This summer, enjoy events that will satisfy the whole family! Through Oct. 22, visit the Organic Garden near L.L. Bean which offers little ones and parents a hands-on educational experience, with special activities offered on Saturdays from 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

For the car buff in your family, head to the center’s Monday Night Car Show, every Monday from 6-9 p.m., May 30 through Sept. 5.

Fans of fine wine can discover something new at Uncorked, Westfield Old Orchard’s signature wine tasting event on Thursday, July 14 from 5-8 p.m. At $20 shoppers can enjoy an exclusive experience that celebrates summer over spirits and shopping. Cultural aficionados will flock to the North Shore Festival of Art, featuring some of the country’s best artists, on July 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A recent revitalization of the property offers shoppers a variety of enhanced benefits and services, including a state-of-the-art PlaySpace, convenient Valet Lounge and special activations inside The Cube, Westfield Old Orchard’s interactive event pavilion built entirely of glass.

Ushering in a new season of style and flavor, Westfield Old Orchard is excited to welcome new additions to the center later this year, including Nando’s Peri-Peri, Soul Cycle, and Hammer Made. These new retailers will join other recent arrivals including Free People, West Elm, Shake Shack, and Sorel.

Dining around the world in Skokie

Dining is a diverse pleasure in Skokie, as restaurants offer an eclectic assortment of ethic and continental cuisine including Afghan, American, Russian, Italian, Mexican, Kosher, Asian and more. From coffee shops, pizzerias, family-friendly neighborhood favorites, fast food and delis to upscale, white linen restaurants, Skokie has it all.

Downtown Skokie offers a wide variety of international cuisine. Here you’ll find critically acclaimed restaurants, some listed among Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurants listing. Other fine dining establishments include Michelin-rated Kabul House, Tub Tim Thai, Alexander’s Breakfast & Lunch, the Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill and El Fuego Mexican Cuisine. The downtown area boasts restaurants to suit nearly any palate, with international offerings ranging from Irish and Italian to Chinese, Armenian and Jamaican. An assortment of additional eateries are located within and surrounding the Westfield Old Orchard Mall, one of the region’s top shopping centers boasting upscale retailers and two cinemas.

Come to play and stay

Visitors will find a host of lodging options during their stay in Skokie. An array of hotels and conference center accommodations with 1,114 rooms help ensure Skokie’s reputation as a destination for leisure, recreation, meetings and special events, says Gina Speckman, executive director of Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Overnight and multi-day accommodations at venues including the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – North Shore Conference Center and Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (Skokie) provide guests with a variety of amenities and services. A new Residence Inn is located on the Skokie/Wilmette border. From warm chocolate chip cookies to sparkling indoor-outdoor pools, fitness centers, hot breakfasts, business accommodations, restaurants and bars designed to tempt the taste buds of even the most discriminating of palates, the Skokie community bubbles with activity and recreational pursuits.

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