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Skokie is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Its name comes from a Potawatomi word for "marsh". A Chicago suburb, for many years Skokie promoted itself as "The World's Largest Village". Its population, according to the 2010 census, was 64,784. Skokie's streets, like that of many suburbs, are largely a continuation of the Chicago street grid, and the village is served by the Chicago Transit Authority, further cementing its connection to the city.Skokie was originally a German-Luxembourger farming community, but was later settled by a sizeable Jewish population, especially after World War II. At its peak in the mid-1960s, 58% of the population was Jewish, the largest percentage of any Chicago suburb. In recent years, several synagogues and Jewish schools have closed. However, Skokie still has a very large Jewish population. It is home to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which opened in northwest Skokie in 2009.Skokie has received national attention twice for court cases decided by the United States Supreme Court. In the mid-1970s, it was at the center of a case concerning the First Amendment right to assemble and the National Socialist Party of America, a neo-Nazi group. Skokie ultimately lost that case. In 2001, although Skokie was not a direct party to the case, a decision by the village regarding land use led the court to reduce the power of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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Popular things to do in Skokie

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center ©
Art Gallery
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Duration: 2h 30 min
Adagio Teas ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Adagio Teas
Duration: 2 hours
Westfield Old Orchard Center ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Westfield Old Orchard Center
Duration: 4 hours
Emily Oaks Nature Center ©
Wildlife Area
Emily Oaks Nature Center
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Skokie

Chicago Botanic Garden ©
Scenic Walking Area
Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe
Duration: 2h 30 min
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio ©
Architectural Building
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Oak Park
Duration: 1h 30 min
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Religious Site
Baha'i House of Worship Wilmette
Duration: 2 hours
Northwestern University ©
Educational Site
Northwestern University Evanston
Duration: 1h 30 min

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