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Bicycle Parking
Parking for bikes is available throughout the Backlot grounds including at the Library and the Village Hall.

Handicapped Parking
5200 Oakton St.
Enter through the alley from either Lockwood or Laramie Avenues, north of Oakton Street. Handicapped parking is also located in all general parking lots.

Auto parking will be available within two blocks of the Bash during these hours in the following church and downtown Skokie public parking lots :

Friday, 6 — 10 pm
Saturday, 11 am — 10 pm
Sunday, 12 — 8 pm

St. Peter's Catholic Church
8116 Niles Center Rd. (Lincoln Ave side)

St. Paul Lutheran Church
5201 Galitz St.

Public – Northwest corner of Elmwood and Warren Sts.

Public – Babb Ave. and Louise St., one block south of Ace Hardware

Public – Babb Ave. just south of Louise St., one block south of Ace Hardware

Map of the Bash

Click here for an interactive map of the Bash grounds and attractions.

Getting to the Bash

Take the CTA Yellow Line. Info here.

The CTA #97 Skokie bus route is a good alternative to the Yellow Line. #97 Skokie info.

PACE bus route 226 detour information.

Driving directions from south: From the south and Chicago -Take I-94 (Edens Expressway) to the Touhy east exit. Turn left on Cicero/Skokie Blvd.. Proceed seven blocks north to Lincoln Ave. Turn left (northwest) on Lincoln, cross Howard and contiue on Lincoln Avenue to downtown Skokie.
From the east and Evanston -Take Oakton Street across Skokie Blvd. Ample parking is available in neighboring lots.

Driving directions from north: Take I-94 (Edens Expressway) to the Dempster East exit. Proceed to second stop light (Gross Point Rd.), turn right. Go south seven blocks to Lincoln Ave., turn left. Take Lincoln Ave. about seven blocks southeast into downtown Skokie.

From the west and Morton Grove
-Take Oakton Street to Gross Point Rd., go north to Lincoln Avenue, then right (east/southbound) on Lincoln Avenue to downtown Skokie.

Street Closures

A two-block portion of Oakton Street, between Lincoln and Laramie Avenues adjacent to the Village Hall will be closed from Thursday at 10 a.m., through Monday at 2 a.m.

Recommended detours:
For eastbound traffic -Traffic driving eastbound on Oakton Street will be diverted at Gross Point Road, north onto Lincoln Avenue, then east/southbound onto Lincoln Avenue back to Oakton Street. Local residents will be able to access their neighborhood. The western end of the Oakton Road closure will physically begin at Laramie Street.

For westbound traffic - Traffic driving westbound on Oakton Street will be diverted at Lincoln Avenue, northwest to Gross Point Road, then southbound, back to Oakton Street. A notification sign will also be posted east of Skokie Boulevard so that drivers will have the option of taking Skokie Boulevard north or South, or proceeding to Lincoln Avenue.