Ten Historically Interesting Sites in Skokie, Illinois

In 1888, a village 12 miles northwest of downtown Chicago was incorporated as Niles Centre.  This swampy land was eventually renamed “Skokie” in 1940.  Skokie means “big swamp” in the language of the area’s former inhabitants, the Potawatomi tribe.  After World War II, Skokie’s population boomed, explaining why a large percentage of its homes were…

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Skokie

Unlike many briefly popular seasonal stories, Rudolph’s fame grows and spreads each year.  The rudy-schnozzed animal is more popular in Canada than in this country (if that be possible).  And he is going abroad, too.  England and Australia are taking the shy little critter to heart, and any day now, Rudolph will be speaking Spanish…