MLK DAY: Free Admission to Chicago History Museum on Monday

The Chicago History Museum is FREE On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr Day and has a full day of family-friendly programming for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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.     Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Commemorative Days! Special family-friendly activities and performances are designed to honor and celebrate significant moments and figures in history. No reservations needed; we look forward to seeing you.


One of the top events of the day is Writers Theatre’s performance of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights at 10:30 a.m. They’ll also have a reenactment of MLK’s famous I Have a Dream speech, and crafts and storytelling for the kids.


10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Kids’ crafts with artist Sue Romanelli


10:15 and 11:00 a.m.
Storytelling for Kids
30-minute performance by storyteller Gwen Hilary and musician Enoch Williamson
Recommended for pre-K through grade 2


10:30 a.m.
The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights

Produced by Writers Theatre
45-minute performance followed by postshow discussion
Recommended for grades 6 and up. Includes sensitive content.


10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
“The Great Migration: Chicago Style” Gallery Tour
30-minute tour led by CHM volunteer Leslie Yamshon


12:30 p.m.
Precious Lord: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
45-minute performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir
Recommended for grades 3 and up


12:45 p.m.
“Champions of the Unheard Voices” Gallery Tour
30-minute tour led by CHM volunteer Jeanette Cannon


1:45 p.m.
“I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Reenactment by Oba William King
Q&A to follow


2:45 p.m.
Community Conversation
45-minute interactive discussion facilitated by storyteller Oba William King.
Please note: Space is limited to the first 45 participants.
All ages welcome


3:30 and 4:00 p.m.
The Great Chicago Adventure
Feel the intensity of the Great Chicago Fire, relive the splendor of the World’s Columbian Exposition, and more on a cinematic journey through Chicago history. Running time: 25 minutes.
Recommended for grades 3 and up

Please note: Our signature film The Great Chicago Adventure will run on an adjusted schedule due to special programming for this day. Thank you for understanding!

*Event details are subject to change. Seating for performances is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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