When looking for homes for rent, you and your family may be wrestling with how to balance the comfort of a suburb with the hustle and bustle of a contemporary city. If that's the case, you may want to consider settling in Skokie, Illinois. Along with nearby Evanston, Skokie is a part of Cook County and considered a suburb of Chicago. The city has been a draw for many new residents throughout the years, at one point earning the nickname "the World's Largest Village."
Fun Facts for Skokie Renters
Prussian immigrant Henry Harms was among the first settlers of the area that is now Skokie. He was the city's first merchant, postmaster and founder of the first three school districts in Niles Township.
The first railroad connecting Skokie to Chicago was founded in 1903.
Skokie was the first community in the U.S. to have fire, police and public works departments that were all nationally accredited.
Families that want to have fun with the kids in tow can enjoy the Illinois Science Technology Park in Downtown Skokie.
The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park will appeal to lovers of fine art.
Resources for Skokie Renters
Children in Skokie are educated within the city's eight public school districts, as well as some private schools. There are also four colleges and one university. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Niles Township High Schools for Excellence in Education, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts designated Niles Township High Schools as having the top arts education program in the country.
The TeenLink program connects residents to teenagers who wish to hire themselves out for lawn care, raking leaves and shoveling snow.
The Skokie Public Library website is multilingual and meant to serve communities that speak Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian or Spanish.
Residents and visitors can enjoy SkokieLink Wi-Fi, which is the first multi-zone free Wi-Fi network in the suburbs of Chicago.