Enjoy a gorgeous weekend in the parks
November 6, 2020

As the Skokie Park District continues to operate in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan,
the following are reminders and news updates for this week.
It's a beautiful weekend!
Explore a few hidden Skokie parks
Record setting temperatures and sun are expected in Skokie this weekend, setting up the perfect time to explore the Skokie Park District and its many parks and outdoor activities. We invite you to visit your nearest local park -- or, if lesser-known secret parks are your thing, drive across town and check out a few of the more obscure and interesting parks listed below. Please remember to observe the COVID-19 guidelines here.
A scenic little neighborhood park, Mulford is tucked away down a short path right off of the Skokie Swift line. The southeast Skokie park features a winding walking path, a basketball court, and a mock Yellow Line train station playground.

A pretty park along the Eden's Expressway Frontage Rd, just southwest of downtown Skokie, Peccia features basketball courts, a short walking path and a playground, and serves as a great place to put down a lawn chair for a close-up look at the July 4th fireworks in the summer.

This tree-covered neighborhood park in central Skokie features a short walking path, playground and a basketball court. It's a great place to just to sit and be.

Located along the east side of the North Channel of the Chicago River, Channelside is home to the Dammrich Rowing Center, a boat launch, Pooch Park (memberships required), a small skateboard ramp, and a nearly 1/4-mile long stretch of grass, home to three soccer fields. Just across the channel is the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, which offers walking and bike paths, and a world-class sculpture exhibition, featuring large scale contemporary sculptures.
This three-block-long narrow park on Skokie's north side features nothing but great landscaping, pretty trees and a long, winding walking path. It's simple, but definitely worth the trip.

This quaint little Frontage Road park actually lies in the Village of Lincolnwood, but is owned by the Skokie Park District. It features a playground, basketball court and park benches. Sometimes half the fun of going to a park is finding it!

Speaking of finding a park, the district's tiniest recreation destination is located between intersecting alleys surrounded my residential homes. The quirky triangle-shaped park features picnic tables, a playground and a basketball court. Try to find it. We dare you!

There is nothing obscure about the Emily Oaks Nature Center, as it is one of the district's most popular places. But it is tucked away in a south Skokie neighborhood and will take you away to a place that feels anything but urban. Walk through the woods and around the pond, visit the playground, or sign up for any one of the center's plethora of all-age programs.

Play the Weber Park Golf Course through Nov. 25

Skokie Sports Park golf range and mini-golf open indefinitely
The Weber Park Golf Course, Skokie's 9-hole, par 3 gem, will be open for play through November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, weather permitting. Finish a round in one hour! Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3600 to make a reservation.
Skokie Sports Park will stay open indefinitely this fall and winter, weather permitting.

To use the golf range, buy a range debit card and swing away from any one of the park's 40 stations, featuring an automatic tee-up system! Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To play mini-golf (Traveler's Quest) call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3100 to make a same day reservation. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sports Park batting cages are closed for the season.

Tennis nets to stay up through winter
Tennis nets throughout the park district will stay up through winter, allowing players to use the courts when the weather allows. The following COVID-19 safety guidelines for tennis remain in place:

  • Please wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer, especially when arriving and departing through tennis court entry gates. 
  • While playing singles, the USTA recommends the following guidelines
  • Doubles play is not recommended. 
  • No other activities are allowed on district tennis courts. 
  • As always, dogs are not allowed on tennis courts. 
In-Person or Virtual
Script Reading Happy Hour
Enjoy exploring new or classic plays with our entertaining theater staff. A creative, fun event where wine, beer, refreshments and snacks are for sale. In-person or virtual. Fee: $5/$6. Location: Devonshire Cultural Center

"Rumors" with Eileen Hand
Thursday, November 19, 6:30–8 p.m.
"You Can't Take it With You" with Gayle Starr
Friday, December 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

Register now by calling Robin Horwitz at (847) 929-7420.
Wobble off your Gobble
Fitness First health club members!
Come in and sweat off your Thanksgiving dinner before you stuff yourself like a turkey.

All Fitness First members who come in to wobble off their gobble on November 26 will be entered in a raffle for an Amazon gift card! Fitness First is open on Thanksgiving from 7-11 a.m.

Winter Skatium class registration nears
The online Winter Skatium Program Guide is now available and includes clickable links directly to every winter hockey and figure skating program on the district's registration site.
Winter Registration Dates
Hockey: November 8
Figure Skating: November 17
The guide also features holiday public skating events, a holiday hockey camp, figure skating multi-class discounts, and party rental information. The Skatium Ice Arena also offers programs for homeschoolers and scouts.

Learn to skate or reconnect with a sport that you love!
COVID-19 guidelines & closures
The Skokie Park District's COVID-19 safety guidelines continue to evolve with the science.

With that in mind, a district web page has been created (link below) featuring safety guidelines and the open/closed status of district parks, facilities and programs.

We assure you that matter where or how you engage the Skokie Park District during the pandemic, the staff at the Skokie Park District continue to put the safety of its patrons first.
Above the headline photo: Emily Oaks Nature Center pond.