Martin Luther King Jr

Looking for a unique and inspired way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Chicago this weekend? Here are four family friendly events that honor Dr. King's message through storytelling, music, science and crafts.

Museum of Science and Industry's Black Creativity Family Day 

Celebrate science on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry's annual Black Creativity Family Day. Learn about academic programs, admissions and campus life at a college fair; experience hands-on activities all over the Museum, including innovation stations where kids can design and experiment; and Jr. Science Cafes, where kids can learn what it's really like to be a scientist, engineer, or innovator. Museum entry is free to Illinois residents on Martin Luther King Day.


Chicago Sinfonietta's Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert


The 2015 MLK tribute concert, a cherished Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by Dr. Paul Freeman, celebrates the life, legacy and vision of Dr. King through a diverse program featuring symphonic masterworks and gospel music. This year's concert focuses on the energy and optimism of youth and includes performances by 7-year-old African-American composer/conductor Jherrard Marseille Hardeman, 13-year-old African-American prodigy cellist Sujari Britt; high school-aged spoken word poets from Young Chicago Authors, and the powerful singers of the Waubonsie Valley High School Mosaic Choir. Monday, January 19 at 7:30 pm at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave.). For tickets, visit


DuSable Museum's 2015 King Day

DuSable Museum of African American History

Reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream at the DuSable Museum, January 19, with this special day of programming. From 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., you can enjoy such activities as powerful Civil Rights passages read by Chicago community leaders, concerned citizens and media personalities; a musical narrative play, A Legacy for America's Children, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and a discussion of poignant topics by students from several Chicago-based colleges and universities.

Arts and crafts workshops, book readings and family films will also be on hand for guests to enjoy. There is a $10 admission for all to the event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Chicago History Museum

Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Chicago History Museum's day-long family event. The Writers Theatre will present The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights and the Chicago Chamber Choir will perform a commemorative concert. Little ones can learn more about Dr. King's legacy of peace and justice with storytelling and crafts. Stay for award-winning storyteller Oba William King's reenactment of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Commemorative Day activities are free with museum admission. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day. No reservations needed.

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