June 2012

Oakton Station Grand Opening

Illinois Science + Technology Park was pleased to participate in this community celebration. 

Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen welcomed visitors. “The feedback I’ve been getting so far is what a convenience this is for a lot of people,” the mayor said.

.U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky noted the station will play a key role in the revitalization of downtown Skokie, serve as a “magnet” for pedestrian traffic, and will attract tenants to the science park. “It has the potential to position Skokie as the hub for biotech, advance manufacturing and nanotechnology,”

But for the many children in attendance Sunday, there may have been an even greater attraction. The Illinois Science + Technology Park handed out free Oberweis Dairy ice cream, causing a winding line within the station lot.

The CTA, the Village of Skokie and local businesses are all rating the station an unqualified success in its first month-plus of operation. Since opening April 30, the two-entrance station has averaged 689 daily riders.