Women’s History Month Events for Chicagoland Families

Learn about the women who have made a difference and celebrate their achievements with your kids this March.

March marks Women’s History Month. Reading books and making crafts are some of the activities you can do with your kids to learn about the lives of important women in history.

Luckily, there are also plenty of Women’s History Month events happening in Chicago and the suburbs. You can read some of our picks below and find even more events on our calendar. 

Women’s History Month Events in the City

Grab and Go: Woven Bookmark Kit at Harold Washington Library Center

March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2024

Ages 13 and up can stop and pick up their kit at the Arts & Music reference desk to explore fiber art by creating a woven bookmark with yarn. This grab-and-go kit is available during library hours for the month of March or while supplies last.

Trailblazing Women Writers Tours at American Writers Museum

March 1-April 1, 2024

Take a 15-minute tour that introduces visitors to all areas of the museum and discover the women who changed the course of history using their words. No reservations required.

Walk & Talk: Women in Conservation at LaBagh Woods

March 2, 2024

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join a hike that allows visitors to learn more about the Forest Preserves and natural areas.

Women’s History Events at Independence Branch

March 2 and 30, 2024

Film Screening: Captain Marvel (March 2): Ages 6 and up can join the library for a screening of Captain Marvel (2019) that’s set in the 1990s and follows the journey of Carol Danvers.

Film Screening: The Marvels (March 2): Ages 6 and up can join the library for a screening of The Marvels (2023) that follows the journey of Carol Danvers when her powers get intertwined with two younger women.

Film Screening: The Woman King (March 30): Teens can join the library for a screening of The Woman King (2022) which shows how the Kingdom of Dahomey flourished as one of Africa’s most powerful states.

Film Screening: Barbie (March 30): Ages 6 and up can join the library for a screening of Barbie (2023) which shows Barbie and Ken in the real world seeing the male patriarchy.

Film Screening: The Woman King (2022) at Richard J. Daley Branch-Bridgeport

March 2, 2024

Teens and tweens can join the library for a screening of The Woman King (2022) which shows how the Kingdom of Dahomey flourished as one of Africa’s most powerful states.

Film Screening: Barbie (2023) at Dunning Branch

March 3, 2024

Teens and tweens can join the library for a screening of Barbie (2023) which shows Barbie and Ken in the real world seeing the male patriarchy. 

Women’s History Events at Walker Branch

March 2, 3 and 10, 2024

Film Screening: Queen of Katwe (March 2): Teens and tweens can join the library for a screening of Queen of Katwe (2016) which is a biopic of Phiona Mutesi, Ugandan chess prodigy.

Film Screening: Woman King (March 3): Teens can join the library for a screening of The Woman King (2022) which shows how the Kingdom of Dahomey flourished as one of Africa’s most powerful states.

Film Screening: Barbie (March 10): Teens can join the library for a screening of Barbie (2023) which shows Barbie and Ken in the real world seeing the male patriarchy. 

Origami Tulips for International Women’s Day at Richard M.-W Humboldt Daley Branch

March 5, 2024

Ages 13 and up can craft origami tulips at Richard M.-W Humboldt Daley Branch to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Available while supplies last.

Women’s History Events at Woodson Regional Branch

March 5, 2024

Teens and tweens can celebrate being a woman with canvas painting, vision boarding, soap making and bookmarking.

PlayLab PlayDate: Women’s History Month Storytime at the Field Museum

March 6 and 27, 2024

Ages 2-6 can enjoy a story time in honor of Women’s History Month. This is a drop-in event.

Women’s History Month Bingo at Lozano Branch

March 6, 2024

Ages 13 and up can take part in a Women’s History Month Bingo game to win prizes. Registration required.

Film Screening: Mavis! (2015) at Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch

March 7, 2024

Ages 13 and up can watch the film Mavis! (2015) which is about the life and career of Mavis Staples.

Film Screening: Hidden Figures (2016) at Greater Grand Branch

March 8, 2024

See a screening of Hidden Figures (2016) at the Greater Grand Branch. The movie features Black female mathematicians who worked for NASA. For ages 13-plus.

Women’s History Events at Sherman Park Branch

March 9, 13 and 23, 2024

Women’s History Month Open Mic (March 9): Teens and tweens will be able to showcase their talents in front of a live audience at Sherman Park Branch. Registration is required.

Film Screening: The Marvels (March 13): Ages 13 and up can join the library for a screening of The Marvels (2023) that follows the journey of Carol Danvers when her powers get intertwined with two younger women.

Women’s Health Seminar/Create a Waist Bead (March 23): Ages 13 and up can join the library for a screening of The Marvels (2023) that follows the journey of Carol Danvers when her powers get intertwined with two younger women.

Film Screening: The Marvels (2023) at Jeffery Manor Branch

March 10, 2024

Ages 6 and up can join the library for a screening of The Marvels (2023) that follows the journey of Carol Danvers when her powers get intertwined with two younger women. Registration required.

Women’s Collage at Altgeld Branch

March 11, 2024

Ages 13 and up can join the library for collage making that represents the women that have made a difference in their lives. Use photos, drawings, magazine clippings and words.

Women’s History Events at West Chicago Avenue Branch

March 14 and 28, 2024

Film Screening: Barbie (March 14): Teens and tweens can join the library for a screening of Barbie (2023) which shows Barbie and Ken in the real world seeing the male patriarchy. 

Film Screening: Frida (March 28): Teens and tweens can join the library for a screening of Frida (2002) which is based on the life Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo.  

Women’s History Events at Avalon Branch

March 18, 30, 2024

Family Film Screening: The Marvels (March 18): Ages 6 and up can join the library for a screening of The Marvels (2023) that follows the journey of Carol Danvers when her powers get intertwined with two younger women.

Create a Scratchboard Etching: Inspiring Women Artists (March 30): Ages 13 and up will join the library to review art pieces created by women and use them as inspiration to produce scratchboard etchings. The workshop will be instructed by artist Anayansi Ricketts. Registration required.

Women’s History Month Quilt Squares at Douglass Branch

March 19, 2024

Ages 13 and up can celebrate Women’s History Month by creating a quilt square at Douglass Branch. Felt and materials will be provided.

Women’s Month Make-Up Program at Thurgood Marshall Branch

March 20, 2024

Take part in a step-by-step, hands-on eye makeup class where they’ll learn about how to achieve flawless, long-lasting eye looks. For ages 13-plus. There will be a guest makeup artist that will explain products, techniques and tools. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies. Registration required.

Film Screening: Barbie (2023) at Merlo Branch

March 21, 2024

Teens can join the library for a screening of Barbie (2023) which shows Barbie and Ken in the real world seeing the male patriarchy.

Film Screening: Woman King (2022) at McKinley Park Branch

March 22, 2024

Teens can join the library for a screening of The Woman King (2022) which shows how the Kingdom of Dahomey flourished as one of Africa’s most powerful states.

Film Screening: Barbie (2023) at South Shore Branch

March 23, 2024

Teens can join the library for a screening of Barbie (2023) which shows Barbie and Ken in the real world seeing the male patriarchy.

Zine Workshop and Open Mic with Girls Rock! Chicago at Chinatown Branch

March 23, 2024

Ages 6 and up can join Girls Rock! Chicago at Chinatown Branch as they host a zine workshop and open mic. Come prepared to celebrate women/transgender people in history.

Film Screening: The Marvels (2023) at King Branch

March 24, 2024

Ages 13 and up can join the library for a screening of The Marvels (2023) that follows the journey of Carol Danvers when her powers get intertwined with two younger women.

Commemorative Day | Women’s History Month at the Chicago History Museum

March 30, 2024

Visit the Chicago History Museum to commemorate Women’s History Month and celebrate the contributions women have made to Chicago’s history and current landscape. This year’s theme is, “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.”

Magic for Everyone by Magic in Heels at Budlong Woods Branch

March 30, 2024

Ages 13 and up can join the library to learn about the women in magic history who have influenced modern day magic and learn tricks. All materials provided.

Women’s History Month Events in the North/Northwest Suburbs

Women Naturalists at Crabtree Nature Center

March 2, 2024

Come out to Crabtree Nature Center to celebrate Women’s History Month on a spring stroll discussing inspiring women who impacted our natural world.

Women’s History Month Events in the South Suburbs

Walk & Talk: Women’s History in Conservation Walk at Plum Creek Meadow

March 16, 2024

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join a hike that allows visitors to learn more about the Forest Preserves and natural areas. The hike is 1.8 miles long.

Women’s History Month Events in the Western Suburbs

Women in Conservation Walk at Bemis Woods-South

March 6, 2024

Join Bemis Woods-South for a 1.2-mile walk and discussion about women who have made significant contributions in the fields of conservation, environmental activism and science. 

Women’s Walk at Thatcher Woods

March 9, 2024

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join a hike that highlights conservation leader Isabel Bassett Wasson and the work and discoveries she made at Thatcher Woods and around the country. Registration required.

Women’s Wilderness Walk at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

March 23, 2024

Learn about the women who helped shape the environmental conservation movement and take a guided walk for Women’s History Month. For all ages. Registration required.


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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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