Things to do on MLK Day

With schools closed (and, here's hoping, your offices) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we have our first long weekend on our hands. And that means there's lots to do, both as a way to take an advantage of the extra day, and as a way to celebrate the life of MLK. Here's a rundown of what's happening Monday.

  • Chicago Children's Theatre kicks off its winter season with But, not Buddy, a play based on the Newbery– and the Coretta Scott King–winning  book by Christopher Paul Curtis. Curtis will talk with CCT artistic director Jacqueline Russell and two students about his novel, and meet and sign copies for fans.

  • Many of the city's museums are free on Monday, check out which in our round-up of free museum days.

  • Speaking of which, the Museum of Science & Industry is hosting a Black Creativity Family Day on MLK Day, Black Creativity Family Day from 10–2pm.Meet and speak with scientists from 10am–1:30pm. Lots of special activities are planned, and admission is free for Illinois residents.

  • Blue Man Group is holding a special MLK Day performance at 2pm.

  • Admission to the Brookfield Zoo is holding an MLK Day celebration, including a screening of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • The Chicago Children's Museum will put on a show called "What Does It Mean, Doctor King?" with interactive performances and songs. The show runs at 11am, 1, 2 and 3pm.

  • Writers' Theatre kicks off a tour of its show, The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, with a free performance on Monday. The show will be at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, at noon.

  • The Gary Comer Youth Center is hosting an inauguration viewing party. Inauguration begins at 10:30am. Then, at 3:30pm, the center hosts a MLK Day celebration, featuring a concert by the Chicago Community Chorus.

  • Koi, the Chinese and sushi restaurant up in Evanston, is offering a kids-eat-free deal for MLK Day.

  • The Bulls/Sox Academy is holding a fast-pitch softball hitting camp for girls 9–14. The camp will be held at the academy's facility at 6200 River Bend Drive in Lisle, and cost $69.

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