How Will You Spend MLK Day Around Chicago?

January 15, 2012

To some, Monday is a day off. What it should be is a day on.

Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The visionary would have been 83 years old.

The day is a federal holiday, which means all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed, along with most schools, banks, city libraries and post offices. In other words, your Chicago real estate will be receiving no mail.

Illinois officials are hoping residents will take the time on Monday to volunteer for the “Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service” and follow the theme of “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Serve Illinois lists thousands of ways to volunteer. Check out the site Illinois.gov/serve and get ready to make your day off a day on.

You can also visit volunteermatch.org for more options and events.

Here are some other things going on around Chicagoland to honor King and his dreams.

*The Volunteer Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Trier High School-Northfield campus, 7 Happ Road, Northfield, the Volunteer Center is inviting people to drop in and participate in a day of service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day will be spent on such projects as making blankets for the homeless and no-sew toys for pets (please bring four yards of fleece fabric and fabric scissors to participate in those projects), birthday presents for elders, magnets for nursing homes, placemats for veterans, quilts for children and more (materials will be on hand for the rest of the projects). There is no admission fee; a donation of laundry detergent to benefit the New Trier Township Food Pantry would be appreciated. For more information, call 847-441-7665 or visit volunteercenterntt.org.

*Martin Luther King Day at the Chicago History Museum: On Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, is offering free admission plus extra activities, crafts and performances that reflect King’s messages of peace and justice. This is one of the few days the museum is opening its doors for free to the public, so take advantage.

*Moving Beyond the Dream: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, the DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place, Chicago will be hosting a day filled with live performances, storytelling, films, food and activities for the entire family. Admission is $10; $8 for DuSable members.

*Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium Free Day: In addition to free entrance into the Chicago History Museum on Monday, Jan. 16, Illinois residents can also get free general admission into the Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr., and Museum of Science in Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. on MLK Day. MSI is offering free admission as well on Jan. 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31. You can also go to Shedd for free on Jan. 17, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31.

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