Martin Luther King Day events around Chicago


There's a plethora of events in Chicagoland honoring Martin Luther King's birthday - from story telling to symphonies to simple crafts and hands-on learning. Check the list below. Monday is definitely not a day to stay at home.


The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights

A special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day public performance will take place and also includes a post-show community discussion. This dynamic, cross-cultural, multi-media performance interlaces personal interviews of Chicago-based Civil Rights activists, featuring both celebrated and unsung heroes of the Movement. Audience members will also receive free museum admission for the remainder of the day.


Black Creativity Family Day

Meet and interact with STEM professionals in workshops called Jr. Science Cafés, enjoy hourly facilitated workshops in the Innovation Studio (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), and visit The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, which features more than 100 dynamic art works from both professional and amateur African-American artists from around the country.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Guests can meet members of the Ankoba Project who made the historic walk with Dr. King on August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. They will have a variety of memorabilia from that day on display. At 1 p.m. in the zoo’s Discovery Center, Richard Gamble, senior vice president of operations for the Chicago Zoological Society, will welcome guests, followed by a special performance by jazz vocalist Zemrah. Afterwards, presentations regarding diversity and inclusion will be given by Tyronne Stoudemire, vice president of diversity & inclusion for Hyatt Global, and Robert Renteria, author of From the Barrio to the Boardroom, who will also sign books prior to the presentation. Closing comments will come from Craig Wimberly, public policy chair for the Coalition of African American Leaders. Guest of all ages are invited to share their wishes and decorate a good wish flag that they can take home and post outdoors.


Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Performances are 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or online at


Free day at the Museum of Science and Industry

Enjoy free admission to the museum all week. Before you head on your way, check out our list of must-see exhibits for both kids and parents.


Justice Is Ours

Bud, Not Buddy follows the journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father. Clues kept in a suitcase lead him to adventures in Depression-era Michigan, where he finds community among a group of jazz musicians and, ultimately, an unexpected sense of home.


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