From its early days as a Potawatami settlement to the diverse suburb it is today, Skokie has a rich and varied history. Explore Skokie’s past using the library’s digital and print collections.
Find extensive local newspaper coverage and recordings documenting the controversy surrounding the National Socialist Party of America attempted marches in Skokie in 1977 and 1978.
Examine the life and work of Skokie's first female physician. Dr. Louise Klehm graduated from medical school in 1902, interned at Jane Addams' Hull House, studied surgery in Europe, and returned to Skokie to practice medicine.
Explore more than 700 artifacts detailing the history of the village's fire department, including photos of:
Watch and listen to interviews with Skokie residents that capture some of the history and daily life of our village.
The Skokie History Project contains a broad sample of historical materials relating to Skokie including:
- Maps and more maps
- Architectural drawings
- Aerial photographs
- Photos of people
- Religious buildings
Created to commemorate Skokie's centennial in 1988, this online version reproduces the full-text of the paper volume (also available at the library).
Newspapers and obituaries
Browse The NileHiLite, the school newspaper of Niles East, a Skokie high school founded in 1939 and closed in 1980. The newspaper was written, edited, and published by the students in the school’s journalism class and documented high school life, interests, events, and news for four decades.
Search Skokie obituaries from 1960 to the present. Full-text obituaries are available starting with March 2013.
Research local events, people, and organizations in our local newspaper index. To get the articles, come in to the library or contact our Reference librarians.
Resources at the library
Still stumped in your research? We have many local history resources within the library building, including: