Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events for Chicago Families

In honor of the African-American activist, the city and suburbs of Chicago offer exciting Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day to honor the civil rights crusader and is also a great time to teach kids what the Nobel Peace Prize winner stood for. The annual holiday has also been designated as a national day of service for families to work to better their communities.

There are plenty of family-friendly events now to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy on Jan. 15, 2024.

Honor the Dream: Celebrating Dr. King Through Art at South Chicago Branch

Jan. 11, 2024

Ages 6-13 can join the Chicago Public Library South Chicago Branch to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through symmetry art.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Story Time at King Branch

Jan. 13, 2024

Ages 0-6 can visit the Chicago Public Library King Branch to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an evening of crafts and stories. Registration required.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King! at South Shore Branch

Jan. 13, 2024

Ages 3-12 can come out to Chicago Public Library South Shore Branch to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with crafts, stories and activities.

Film Screening: Selma (2014) at King Branch

Jan. 14, 2024

Join the library for a screening of Selma (2014), which is set during the Civil Rights Movement and focuses on the actions of Dr. King. Rated PG-13.

Film Screening: Selma (2014) at Vodak-East Side Branch

Jan. 14, 2024

Join the library for a screening of Selma (2014), which is set during the Civil Rights Movement and focuses on the actions of Dr. King. Rated PG-13.

Film Screening: Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) at Jeffery Manor Branch

Jan. 14, 2024

Join the library for a screening of Selma, Lord, Selma (1999), which depicts two young black schoolgirls’ recollections of a violent civil-rights event in 1965 Alabama. Rated PG.

Black Creativity Family Day at the Museum of Science and Industry

Jan. 15, 2024

Families can participate in a day of community art experience, engage in creative activities and explore a juried art exhibition. For all ages.

Family Event | Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Chicago History Museum

Jan. 15, 2024

Enjoy this annual family-friendly event at the Chicago History Museum. There will be activities and performances for all ages.

MLK DAY 2024: Yesterdays, Todays, and Tomorrows at Hyde Park Art Center

Jan. 15, 2024

Teens can join Hyde Park Art Center to celebrate MLK Jr. and also celebrate Black creators and artists, shop at a pop-up bookshop, enjoy a live music performance by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Chamber Ensemble and more. Registration recommended.

MLK Day Teen Service Project at Naperville Public Library

Jan. 15, 2024

Teens in grades 6-12 can celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by giving back and creating Valentine’s to brighten the days of the home delivery patrons. The event will take place in the Nichols Library Community Room. Registration required.

This post is updated annually.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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