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Skokie, formerly named Niles Center, is a large village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States of America. The name of Skokie comes from Native American and it means "fire". Skokie locals say that this is "The World's Largest Village", as it has a population of approximately 65.000 residents. Skokie is a suburb of Chicago. Its history begins in the 19th century when this was a small German community. After World War II ended, a lot of Jews settled in the area. The village of Skokie gained fame thanks to a few movies filmed in the area: Home Alone 3, Risky Business, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and others.

Top Attractions within Skokie

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is a memorial and an educational center dedicated to the Holocaust. It is located on a large area and the founding of it was more than 45 million dollars. This Skokie museum has thousand of items related to the tragedy that struck a whole world until the middle of the 20th century. Inside the museum you can also watch movies and read testimonies of the survivors of this genocide.

Exploritorium is the best attraction of Skokie you can visit on a rainy day. If you are visiting Skokie with the kids and you don't want to hold them inside a hotel room, choose the Exploritorium. The interactive attraction of the city will give you the chance to spend a great day in a lovely environment, while bonding with your children.

La Rosa is an important attraction of Skokie. The facility includes a great golf course and a pizzeria. The course is magnificent, a favorite of the locals and few of those who try it, leave the location without tasting the famous pizza. At La Rosa, you can have a wonderful day playing or eating.

5 Things You Must Do in Skokie

Skokie is a suburb of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. It was formerly known as Niles Center. The village has been used as a location for many film sets, including The Weather Man, Risky Business and Sixteen Candles. There are interesting parks and museums for visitors to see.

1. Skokie Heritage Museum: Situated on Floral Avenue this heritage museum depicts the history and culture of the town. Visitors can find artistic items from the Skokie region including an old fire house and an old log cabin. There are also display items relating to travel from all over the nation. Opening hours are Thursday and Friday 12pm - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.

2. Holocaust Memorial Foundation: The foundation is dedicated to the Holocaust in which it strives to enlighten, chronicle and keep visitors informed about this historical event. It provides a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives during this cruel massacre of Jews through its many displays and artifacts.  

3. Skokie Sculpture Park: This is a fitness park with jogging, walking and cycling paths. It covers an area of two miles and is decorated with sixty big sculptures drawn from the contemporary themes. 

4. Emily Oaks Nature Center: The center is based around thirteen-acres of Oak trees and is an ideal picnic spot. Many walking trails go through the Oak grove and skirt around ponds and woodland. There is also a nature education center. 

5. Chicago Academy of Sciences: The natural history of the Midwest is depicted in all its glory here. A greenhouse containing real animals, an urban river model, and the habitat of butterflies are its main exhibits.

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