Meaningful Ways to Celebrate MLK Day
In addition to our annual celebration of Dr. King, there are also a number of events honoring his life and influence.
Chicago History Museum
A celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King featuring music performances, craft activities, storytelling and more. Visitors can enjoy a production of “The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights,” by Writers Theatre and a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir, along with storytelling and crafts for kids that reflect Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice. Award-winning storyteller Oba William King will perform a reenactment of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
January 16, 2017
The Chicago Zoological Society will celebrate Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day through musical presentations by Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project and Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra. Plus, a special presentation by Rev. Debra Williams.
Forest Preserves of Cook County
Join us for a volunteer day of service at Dan Ryan Woods in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. Try your hand at restoration by helping remove invasive plants while learning about efforts being made to maintain healthy habitats. Warm up with a hot drink and a brush pile burn while also enjoying some winter family-fun activities.
Art Institute of Chicago
January 16, 2017
Discover the power of your voice and tell the story of your vision for the world. Hear a reading of a new children's book A Gift From Greensboro
by author Quraysh Ali Lansana and experience performances by young poets from Reborn Poetry Ensemble. Participate in collaborative art-making with artist Indira Freitas Johnson, enjoy art chats with teen interns about art on view and more.