11 Women’s History Month Events for Chicago Families

March marks the time to celebrate 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 in-person and virtual Women’s History Month events happening in the Chicago and the suburbs. You can read some of our picks below and find even more events on our calendar.

Read more: Things to Do with Kids This Spring in Chicagoland

In-Person Events 

Walk & Talk: Women’s History Month

March 4, 2021

Explore the diverse natural areas on North Branch Trail system at (Ella) LaBagh Woods in a program led by and alongside other women on this 1.5-mile walk and talk hike. 

Walk & Talk: Women’s History Month

March 6, 2021

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.

Walk & Talk: Women’s History Month

March 20, 2021

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a hike inspired by prominent women scientists and conservationists throughout history. These hikes will be led at a slower pace with frequent stopping and interpretation.

Wellness in the Woods: Reflecting on the Work of Female Environmentalists

March 20, 2021

Join a walk around Dogwood Trail and discuss the role of women in the environmental movement. We will read short excerpts from famous environmentalists including Rachel Carson, Winona LaDuke, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, and more.

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors

Through July 18, 2021

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors (pronounced “Ahp-SAH-luh-guh”) explores the history, values, and beliefs of this Native American community known for their horsemanship, artistic pursuits, and matriarchal ways of life, including the tradition of “counting coup”—performing acts of bravery.

Virtual Events 

Super Girls Story Time & Craft

March 6, 2021

  • Hosted by: Back of the Yards Branch, Chicago Public Library
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Kids ages 2-7 can join Ms. Corina from the Back of the Yards Branch for a fun Women’s History Month story time for the whole family. Share songs, rhymes and books, plus suggestions for at-home crafts to honor and celebrate the girls and women in your life.

Holiday Craft Time: Women’s History Month

March 6, 2021

  • Hosted by: Portage-Cragin Branch, Chicago Public Library
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Join Christian with the Portage-Cragin Branch of the Chicago Public Library and Alex with Sulzer Regional for a craft program celebrating Women’s History Month. Registration is required to pick up a craft materials bag from the circulation desk at Portage-Cragin or Sulzer. Children 5-8 will need help with the craft.

Nature Book Club: Highlighting Female Authors

March 9, 2021

  • Hosted by: Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Join a discussion of naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s book Crow Planet and explore her research and perspective of humans and wildlife coexisting in an urbanizing world.

Women’s History Month: Florence Nightingale

March 11, 2021

  • Hosted by: Cantigny Park
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Learn about the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, through a living history performance. Join master storyteller and award-winning actor Megan Wells as she brings to life this famous historical figure.

Little Dreamers Virtual Reading with Vashti Harrison

March 23, 2021

  • Hosted by: Walmart
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Author Vashti Harrison reads from her Little Dreamers series and discusses her work as well as how she became an author-illustrator. A Q&A featuring students’ pre-submitted questions will also be included.

Hoopla Music Lovers Hour: “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin

March 25, 2021

  • Hosted by: Pullman Branch, Chicago Public Library
  • Cost: Free, registration required

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Pullman Branch of the Chicago Public Library to learn about Hoopla, the library’s streaming service, and show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on her birthday.

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