The History of Skokie, as told by people who are responding to hearing that I live in Skokie:

Isn’t there a mall out there? That big mall?
Isn’t that where the Nazis marched? [OPTIONAL: Did you see that?*]
Skokie! That was in The Usual Suspects! A barbershop quartet from Skokie, Illinois!
Do you know [insert unfamiliar name here]?
Do you ride the Skokie Swift? [OPTIONAL: Muffled giggling here.]
Isn’t that the place that outlawed smoking? Can you smoke there?
Where’s that?

*Author’s note: This happened in the 1970s. I was born in the 1980s.

(Written several years back when I lived in Skokie, Illinois.)

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  1. Mine is/would be “Oh, so you take the yellow line (in all of its two-stop glory) into the city, and back to Skokie again when you’re done.”

    Or the Nazi thing, but I knew it was in the 1970s.

  2. Who is Keyser Soze?

  3. The big mall, Woodfield, is in Schaumburg which is about 30 minutes from Skokie.
    Skokie has Old Orchard Mall. Not particularly big.

    And you can’t smoke in any public place in Illinois

  4. Interesting. My family’s reaction to Skokie is, “There’s a lot of Jews there….” or “That good Jewish restaurant is there.”

    Other than that it was the first Barnes and Noble nearby that was open late and had a lot of parking….


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