The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois was organized in 1981 by Holocaust survivors after Neo-Nazi activism in area in the 1970s, Simon said. The organization started the Museum in a small storefront in Skokie in 1984 and architectural design by Stanley Tigerman for the current facility began in the early 2000’s.
The Museum staff and contractors incorporated both large and small measures in the sustainability practices used to achieve Gold level LEED certification for the 65,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in April 2009. They met LEED Gold criteria with dozens of creative steps, such as using multiple-fan air handling units, demand control ventilation, light pollution reduction, water-efficient landscaping and recyclable containers for cleaning products. They even worked with PACE and the Village of Skokie to have a CTA bus stop located in front of the facility in their effort to ensure access via public transportation.