the village of skokie is situated about 12 miles northwest of downtown chicago, between the edens expressway and evanston. it’s residential streets are largely populated with detached, single-story homes that were built just after the second world war, when baby boom parents flocked to the northern suburbs. today, skokie is a jackpot for retail-seeking suburbanites. the westfield old orchard mall has been a sprawling regional shopping destination for years, and there’s plenty more nearby, whether on skokie boulevard, in lincolnwood town center, or along touhy avenue in niles. there’s also the beautiful new north shore center for the performing arts, a wonderful public library, bountiful park space, an array of outstanding public schools, and grandiose plans for the development of a massive science and technology center. moreover, public transportation is abundant. the skokie swift (also known as the cta “yellow line”) runs no less frequently than every 15 minutes between dempster avenue in skokie and the howard station, where it connects to the red and purple lines that lead south to the chicago loop and north to evanston. seven cta bus lines and ten pace suburban bus lines also meander through the village.