Black History Month Events for Chicago Families

Celebrate Black History Month with these kid-friendly events.

February is Black History Month. But did you know that the precursor to Black History Month, Negro History Week, was created in 1926 here in Chicago by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History? He selected the month of February to overlap with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

In 1976, it became Black History Month. Decades later, there are now several family-friendly events where you can learn more about and celebrate Black history. You can also find more Black History Month events listed in our calendar.

Black History Month Crafts

Feb. 2, 2023 

Ages 6 and up can celebrate Black History Month with crafts and a story. Create a quilt block for the branch’s freedom quilt that will be on display for the entire month of February. Also, create an Alma Thomas-inspired heart mosaic. Registration required.

Black By Popular Demand: Virtual Celebration

Feb. 6, 2023 

  • Hosted By: Chicago Public Library
  • Cost: Free

Teens can celebrate Black History Month with a virtual Jeopardy-style trivia game, which highlights the most influential African Americans in the world.  

Film Screening: Black Panther (2018)

Feb. 6, 2023 

Join the library for a screening of Black Panther (2018). It’s the story of a superhero that defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa. Rated PG-13.

Film Screening: The Princess and the Frog

Feb. 6, 2023 

Join the library for a screening of The Princess and the Frog, which features Disney’s first Black princess. Rated G.

Paint and Sip: Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait

Ages 6-13 can come out to the library to learn about civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. and paint a portrait of him. Light refreshments will be provided.

Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till

Feb. 9-11, 16-19, 2023 

  • Address: The DuSable Black History Museum & Education Center, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago
  • Cost: $55/general admission, $50/group tickets, $30/members and school groups

The production features an immersive reenactment of the actual courtroom proceedings that happened in Sumner, Mississippi after Emmett Till was murdered. 

Film Screening: The Princess and the Frog

Feb. 11, 2023

Join the library for a screening of The Princess and the Frog, which features Disney’s first Black princess. Rated G.

Film Screening: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)

Feb. 12, 2023

Stop by the library to see the showing of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997). The film features Brandy, Whitney Houston and more. Rated PG.

Hidden History: Build Like the Women of Hidden Figures

Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2023

This four-week series explores the contributions of African-American engineers, mathematicians and scientists through hands-on projects. For ages 7-12.

DIY Printing and Traditional West African Writing

Feb. 15, 2023

Teens can come to the library to learn how to make prints at home and explore printing using Nsibidi and Tifinagh writing systems found in West Africa.

Voices for Justice: When Blackness Was Golden by Pemon Rami

Feb. 15, 2023

Come out to the library to hear from Pemon Rami, author of his memoir, When Blackness Was Golden. For ages 13-plus.

Film Screening: The Princess and the Frog

Feb. 18, 2023

Join the library for a screening of The Princess and the Frog, which features Disney’s first Black princess. Rated G.

Teen Ankara Pillow Craft

Feb. 18, 2023 

Teens in grades 9-12 can celebrate Black History Month with Ms. Vickie by creating a pillow made of Ankara fabric. Registration required.

Black-ish Family Fun Night

Feb. 21, 2023

Families can enjoy a Black History Month event at Tuley (Murray) Park with music, live book reading, arts and crafts, games and more.

South Side Home Movie Project: “Black Lives on the South Side”

Feb. 22, 2023

  • Hosted By: Chicago Public Library
  • Cost: Free

Join the Chicago Public Library and the South Side Home Movie Project via Zoom to see film clips from the 1920s-1980s. Registration required.

Community Black History Exhibit

Feb. 22, 2023

Families can explore the Black History exhibit and learn more about Black History through music, games, arts and more.

Black Creativity Career Showcase

Feb. 25, 2023 

Kids and families can talk with African-American artists, scientists and engineers about innovative work happening right here in our city.

Family Event | Black History Month

Feb. 25, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Black History Month event at Chicago History Museum.

Film Screening: Hidden Figures (2016)

Feb. 25, 2023 

See a screening of Hidden Figures at the Gage Park Branch. The movie features African-American female mathematicians who worked for NASA.

Black History Month Concert Series 2023, Day One

Feb. 27, 2023

Enjoy the first part of the Black History Month concert series where Sankofa Speaks through Music, Movement and Memory.

Book Discussion: Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred (Graphic Novel)

Feb. 27, 2023

Join the library to read and discuss Damian Duffy’s graphic novel adaption of Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred. Books will be available Jan. 17.

Black History Month Concert Series 2023, Day Two

Feb. 28, 2023

Enjoy the second part of the Black History Month concert series where Sankofa Speaks through Music, Movement and Memory.

This post is updated annually. 

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