Fall programs, Story Stroll, pool hours +
(August 21, 2020) The Skokie Park District is now in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The following are reminders and updates for this week. 
Check out the district's hundreds of fall programs!
Don't let the pandemic fool you, or the fact that you didn't receive an in-home fall program guide. Registration is now open for the Skokie Park District's hundreds of safe fall programs and our nearly 100-page program guide has simply been moved online. 

Check the guide out below, including clickable links directly to each program on the district's registration site. We update this guide daily, taking into account any cancelled or updated programs.

Story Stroll in the Park in September
Free! Bring the family to various Skokie parks in September and read the stories on display! Each week, a designated park will feature a children's book laminated and attached to kiosks along our park path. As you stroll along the trail, you will be directed to the next page in the story. Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time!

Tuesdays through Sundays
Central Park - September 1-6
Gross Point Park - September 8-13
Lyon Park - September 15-20
Laramie Park - September 22-27

The Laramie Park playground is open!

While the renovation of Laramie Park is still underway, the park's playground officially opens today! Check it out at 5251 Sherwin Ave., across from the Skokie Police Department on Niles Center Road.

The entire park's grand opening will be held on Sunday, September 27 at 11 a.m.

Audition for 'The Sounds of Hope!'

The Devonshire Playhouse is auditioning for it's variety show, The Sounds of Hope, Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25, 6-8 p.m. by appointment only. For ages 13+. 

Four shows will be presented October 3-11, weekends on the Devonshire Park Outdoor Stage. An original outdoor variety show for our time, the Devonshire Playhouse directorial team will work with actors to select music, dance and stories needed to lift our community with messages of hope amidst this challenging time of social distancing, masks, social injustice and concern for the well-being of ourselves, our family and our friends. 

Reminder: Pooch Park guidelines

The following are important reminders for members of Pooch Park:
  • DO NOT enter the park if you or your dog are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Keep 6 feet distance from others.
  • If the park is crowded, please come back at another time.
  • Do not touch other dogs.
  • Face masks are recommended.
  • Limit contact with high touch equipment in park.
  • Limit your visit time.
  • Water fountains are not operational.* Please bring you own water. DO NOT bring bowls for drinking.

* State guidelines currently allow only touchless water bottle filling stations. All other park district water fountains must be shut off or blocked. The Skokie Health Department has specifically advised the district to keep the water shut off at Pooch Park. 

Rocket League: an e-sports experience

The Skokie Park District has partnered with GGLeagues to offer Rocket League! This league features high-speed arcade-style vehicular soccer mayhem with easy-to-understand controls making it perfect for any age and skill-level. Participants may form a team of three or register solo for friendly competition with others across Illinois. 

All you need is a gaming system (computer, Xbox, PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch), an internet connection, and the game Rocket League. Registration is now open for Fall and Winter Esports Leagues. 

Skokie Water Playground extends its season

The Skokie Water Playground will extend its operation through Labor Day. The new dates, hours and fees are as follows:

End-of-Summer Hours

Open Swim (August 17 - September 6)
Monday - Friday: 4-7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / 2-5 p.m.
Lap Swim (August 17 - September 6)
Monday - Friday: 7-8 a.m. / 8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.
Tot Swim (August 17-21 & August 24-28)
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - noon (Bucket Pool only - capacity 50)
Saturday & Sunday: 8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.

Labor Day Hours (September 7)

Open Swim
10 a.m.-1 p.m. / 2-5 p.m.
Lap Swim
8-9 a.m. / 9-10 a.m.


Skokie Residents: $7
Evanston Residents: $10
Non-Residents: $15
End-of-Season Lap & Tot Swim: Res-$4 / NR-$7

'GO! Skokie' for better health 

In pursuit of improving the overall health of the community, the Skokie Park District is asking those who live and work in Skokie to commit to walk or move for at least 30 minutes per day during the month of September.

Those who register will receive a free weekly 'GO! Skokie' motivational e-newsletter, with tips and a list of FREE park district activities, which will include:
  • Free public session at the Skatium Ice Arena
  • BOGO Adventure (mini) Golf
  • Walking meet-ups
  • Story Stroll in the Park
  • Free fitness classes, and many more!
  • Register by September 1 and be entered into a raffle for a free Fitness First health club membership and other prizes.
All ages welcome!      Register here for free.      More information here!

Contact Superintendent of Recreation Breanne Labus here if you are interested in setting up a "GO! Skokie" meet-up for your organization!

Sell at the Fall Flea Market!

Fall is the perfect time to unclutter your home! Rent a parking space for $16 or a parking space and a table for $31. Then sell all of your stuff to shoppers looking for bargains.

Sunday, September 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oakton Community Center Parking Lot
4701 Oakton St., Skokie

Klehm Park Dedication, August 26

Join us on the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, as the Skokie Park District dedicates the park at the corner of Lorel Avenue & Oakton Street to Skokie's first female physician, Dr. Amelia Louise Klehm.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Southeast Corner of Oakton Street & Lorel Avenue, Skokie

This short program will end with a ribbon cutting. Masks and social distancing are required.

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