Festival Traffic

Street Closures

A two-block portion of Oakton Street, between Lincoln and Laramie Avenues adjacent to the Village Hall will be closed from Friday, August 22 at 10 a.m., through Monday, August 24 at 2 a.m.

Recommended detours will be:
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.

Getting to the Backlot Bash:
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 find parking on the printable map above.
From the east and Evanston -Take Oakton Street across Skokie Blvd. Find parking on the printable map above.

From the 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. Find parking on the printable map above.
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. Find parking on the printable map above.

Car show entries will enter and register the show site on Galitz St. west of Niles Center Rd.

Arts & Crafts vendors may enter and load-in to the event site on Galitz Street, west of Niles Center Road to set-up on the Village Green, just outside of the Skokie Public Library.

Parking

Several large parking lots within blocks of the Backlot Bash have been secured, including nearby handicapped parking. Please see the newest list below and the map above for off-street event parking!

Bicycle Parking
Parking for bikes is available throughout the Backlot grounds including at the Library and the Village Hall. We encourage riding your bike to relieve downtown congestion, for cleaner air, and for exercise!

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.

Oakton Community College
7701 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie
Mulford Avenue Parking Lot, Skokie
Friday, 6 — 10 pm
Saturday, 11 am — 10 pm
Sunday, 12 — 8 pm

Illinois Science & Technology Park
4835 Searle Parkway, Skokie
Parking Garage
Friday, 6 — 10 pm
Saturday, 11 am — 10 pm
Sunday, 12 — 8 pm

St. Paul's Lutheran Academy
5201 Galitz Street, Skokie
Friday, , 6 — 10 pm
Saturday, , 11 am — 10 pm
Sunday, 12 — 8 pm

St. Peter's Catholic Church
8116 Niles Center Rd, Skokie
Lincoln Avenue, Side Parking Lot, Past School
Fri., 6 — 10 pm
Sat., 11 am — 10 pm
Sun., 12 — 8 pm

Chase Bank
1) Babb Street between Lincoln and Oakton.
2) Parking Deck located at 8001 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie
(Entrance off Warren St.)
Friday, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm
Sunday, 12 – 8 pm