Remember The Dream: Here’s A Lineup Of Local MLK Events For You To Do Exactly That

Don’t know what to do to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? (No, sleeping in isn’t an option). No worries, we’ve got you covered. We did a little looking around and here’s what we turned up (heads up to Chicago Parent Magazine, Maywoodian Barbara Cole and the Oak Park Visitor’s Center for various leads).


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration FREE

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield
January 20, Noon


Hear performances by members of Mt. Carmel Parish of Darien, Eclectic from John F. Kennedy High School in Chicago, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, and Eisenhower High School Show Choir in Chicago. In between each performance, guests will watch portions of Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Afterward, kids can share their wishes and decorate silhouettes in the shape of peace doves.


What Does It Mean, Dr. King?

Chicago Children’s Museum | Chicago
January 20, 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

What was the Civil Rights Movement and what does it mean for kids today? Take a journey back in time and learn about freedom through interactive theater and songs.

Black Creativity Family Day

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago
January 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Celebrate African Americans in Innovation by meeting real working scientists in the Jr. Science Cafes (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), inventing in the Museum’s Wanger Family Fab Lab, using vinyl cutters, laser cutters and 3D printers, learning at the Science Activity Stations with hands-on experiences, and interacting with teens in MSI’s Science Achievers program as they showcase science and engineering projects they developed.

Free day at the Museum of Science and Industry FREE

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago
January 6 – January 31 (Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday)

Enjoy free admission to the museum all week. Before you head on your way, check out our list of must-see exhibits for both kids and parents.


13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast

Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel (Frontage Road) | Hillside

January 20, 9am to 11am

Reservations are necessary. $12.00 a person. Tickets must be purchased at Hillside Village Hall during regular business hours. Tickets will not be sold at door. For more info call (708) 449-6450, or (708) 202-4343. This event presented by the Village of Hillside and the Human Relations Commission. Martin Luther King Dream Award 2014 will also be presented.


Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration

King in Jail

Proviso Baptist Church (1116 S. 5th Avenue) | Maywood

January 20, at 7pm

The African American Community Development Initiative Invites you to our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Doors open at 6:30pm and program begins at 7pm. Phone Mary Morris, (708) 420-3867 for more info. Rev. Dr. John R. Porter Keynote speaker. Free event. Refreshments Served.

Youth Anger Management Workshop

1100 S. 11th Avenue | Maywood

January 22, at 3:30pm

Keep the Dream alive by putting Dr. King’s message of nonviolence into practice. Contact Barbara Cole for more info at (708) 344-3577.

Oak Park


January 20, 1:00 to 2:30 PM – E. Ralph Metcalfe Jr., Curator of The Metcalfe Collection will shed new light on Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1966 visit to Chicago at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue in Oak Park. . The presentation will be rooted in the Great Migration and conclude with observations on the aftermath of the historic collision between the Civil Rights Movement and Chicago politics. For more information about the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, call Ellen Winter at 708-386-2729 or visit


January, 20, 7:00 to 8:00 PM – A Martin Luther King Day musical tribute will be presented by the Jeremy Kahn Trio at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. For more information call 708-386-4040 or visit VFP

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