Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by giving a helping hand to the community or just enjoy the day off with one of these MLK Day events in suburban Chicago. For a complete calendar of events covering Chicago's suburbs, visit Pioneer Local's calendar.
Service Projects on MLK Jr. Day, 8 a.m., Northbrook
Northbrook United Methodist Church will host a day of service with multiple service projects and events. Projects happen throughout the day, in the church and off site. Some of the projects include Hilda’s Place, Bernie’s Books, Feed My Starving Children, Operation Gratitude, treats for local animal shelters and more. Cost for participation is $5 per person, $20 max per family to cover supplies for projects. Northbrook United Methodist Church, 1190 Western Ave.
MLK Day of Service, 9 a.m., Northbrook
Teen volunteers will perform service activities around the library. Registration required. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Free.
JCC Vacation Day, 9 a.m., Northbrook
Children ages 5 to 11 can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service and swimming. Please bring a swimsuit, towel and lunch. There is an additional $10 surcharge for registration less than 72 hours ahead. Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive. $55.
JCC Vacation Day, 9 a.m., Skokie
Children ages 5 to 11 can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service and swimming. Please bring a swimsuit, towel and lunch. There is an additional $10 surcharge for registration less than 72 hours ahead. Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church St. $55.
Fifth Annual Multi-Generational Martin Luther King Day of Service, 10 a.m., Highland Park
Purposeful service projects and entertainment will engage all ages. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will recount his experiences as a student of Dr. King. Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. West. Free.
Y.O.U. Diverse Evanston Walks United, 11 a.m., Evanston
Join Y.O.U. to walk united for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Music Institute of Chicago - Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. Free.
Community Service Day, 1 p.m., Deerfield
Join friends and family to give a helping hand to the community. Congregation B'Nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim 1201 Lake Cook Road. Free.
MLK Jr. Teen Sports Day at the J, 3 p.m., Northbrook
Featuring laser tag, dodgeball, service projects and more, plus a pizza lunch. In partnership with JCC Camp Chi and BBYO Connect. For sixth- through eighth-graders. Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive. $25.
History Alive: Meet Ruby Bridges, 4 p.m., Skokie
Learn about the first grader who broke the barriers of segregation when she attended a "white only" school in 1960. Contact the library for tickets. Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. Free.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Program, 4:30 p.m., Lake Forest
The Office of Intercultural Relations hosts its annual celebration of MLK, featuring a lecture by Dr. Kesho Y. Scott. Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road.
Down with the King: Observing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6 p.m., Evanston
The Evanston Art Center in conjunction with Insight Arts hosts a presentation and discussion to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program seeks to situate the legacy of King through the current visual culture and political moment. Evanston Public Library - Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave.
MGPL Kids: African Explosion: Dance, Drum and Acrobatics, 2 p.m., Morton Grove
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the library with this high energy show featuring West African drumming, dancing and high flying acrobatics. Call 847-929-5102 or visit www.mgpl.org/kids for more information. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Free.
MLK Day Teen Movie: 'Hairspray,' 2 p.m., Niles
Teenaged Tracy Turnblad lands a spot on her favorite TV dance show and, with some help from her friends, sets out to change the rule that black teens can only dance once a month. Stars John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Nikki Blonsky. 117 minutes. Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St. Free.
MLK Day of Service Program, 10 a.m., Oak Park
Commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, with a day of service. Register to volunteer for library service projects, join a discussion of the impact of the modern Civil Rights movement on today's society and attend a film screening at the library. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Free.
Storytelling with Attitude: African-American Heroes, 1 p.m., Oak Park
Performer Linda Gorham brings the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Ruby Bridges. Best for ages 5 and older. Registration required. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Free.
Dr. King in Chicago: A New Perspective, 1:15 p.m., Oak Park
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with a presentation about his 1966 visit to Chicago. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Reservations required. 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave.
Near Southwest Suburbs
MLK Day of Giving Blood Drive, 3:30 p.m. La Grange
Celebrate the spirit of Dr. King by donating blood. Must be 16 or older. Call 708-215-3200 to schedule an appointment. La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave.
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- Mayer Kaplan JCC
- Music Institute of Chicago - Nichols Concert Hall
- Morton Grove Public Library
- Skokie Public Library
- Northbrook United Methodist Church
- Evanston Public Library - Main Branch
- Northbrook Public Library
- Bernard Weinger JCC
- Niles Public Library District
- Bernard Weinger JCC
- Congregation B'Nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
- Recreation Center of Highland Park
- Lake Forest College
- Oak Park Public Library
- 19th Century Club
- La Grange Public Library