Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 in the Chicago area – NBC Chicago

Several events will take place in the Chicago area on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as many honor the holiday with acts of service.

Here’s a look at what’s planned around Chicago:

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons will collect donations of new or like-new children’s clothing, including coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, pajamas, winter clothes and more. There will be 34 contactless drop-off sites that will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

The event would be the organization’s biggest day of volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic. Drop-off locations include:

• Acorn Library – 15624 Central Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452
• Alcott Center – 530 Bernard Dr, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
• Alternatives, Inc. – 4730 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
• Aw Yeah Comics – 7925 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
• Bank of America – 1301 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563
• Bank of America – 1300 North Arlington Heights Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
• Buffalo Grove Park Community Arts Center – 225 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
• North Center Chicago Children’s Lighthouse – 2600 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
• Cloud and Rabbit – 1600 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
• Creative Scholars Preschool – 1735 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
• East Shore Storage – 429 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
• Edgewater Playhouse – 1048 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
• Flying High Sports and Recreation Center – 5400 East Ave, Countryside, IL 60525
• Fry Family YMCA – 2120 W, 2120 95th St, Naperville, IL 60564
• Highwood Public Library – 102 Highwood Ave, Highwood, IL 60040
• Indian Boundary YMCA – 711 59th St, Downers Grove, IL 60516
• Jewett Park Community Center – 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield, IL 60015
• Lake View YMCA – 3333 N Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
• Little Beans Café – 430 Asbury Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
• Ravenswood Mathnasium – 1754 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
• McGuane Park – 2901 S Poplar Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
• Moonwalker Café – 4101 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
• Quilter’s Trunk – 10352 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
• Reebie Storage and Moving Co – 2325 N Clark St #300, Chicago, IL 60614
• Soul 2 Sole Dance Inc. – 799 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
• YMCA South Side – 6330 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
• StudioUs – 4806 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
• The Giving Factory – 4141 W. George St. Chicago, IL 60641
• Timeless Toys – 4749 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
• Tiny Tots Incorporated – 2603-2611 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
• Ultimate Ninjas Chicago – 2915 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
• Universal Wellness Source – 1902 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
• West Cook YMCA – 255 S Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60302
• Windy City Fieldhouse – 2367 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
• Kangaroo Kids – 4161 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

More information can be found here:

Cook County Forest Reserves

The Chairman of the Cook County Forest Reserve will host a day of service MLK: Giving Back to the Land in Honor of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteers will clean up litter and begin ecological restoration activities in several forest reserves in the region. Activities will also include things like the removal of invasive species.

“The lessons Dr. King left us on the need for fairness and the power of community are a transcendent gift for every American. Every day we can choose to make a difference,” Cook County Council Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement.

Forest reserves will provide bags and gloves for volunteers at the following locations:

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 (see Sand Ridge Nature Center web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Includes ecological restoration and invasive species removal and a self-guided walk on the Poetry Trail.

Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road
Barrington Hills, IL 60010 (see Crabtree Nature Center web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480 (see Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062 (see River Trail Nature Center web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street
Lemont, IL 60439 (see Sagawau Environmental Learning Center web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Trailside Natural History Museum
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305 (see Trailside Museum of Natural History web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center
S Western Ave and W 87th St
Chicago, IL 60620 (see Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center web map)
Jan. 17, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion. Includes a self-guided storytelling trail, treetop walk, and activity bags to learn at home.

Caldwell Wood
W Devon Avenue and N Nagle Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646 (see Caldwell Woods web map)
January 17, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Miller Meadow South
1st Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd
Cook County, IL 60130 (see Miller Meadow-South web map)
(near the forest park)
January 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Go to Grove #6.

Sauk Trail Woods North
W 26th St, west of Euclid Ave
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411 (see Sauk Trail Woods-North web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

City Year Chicago

City Year Chicago comes together to spruce up a school.

This year, AmeriCorps members and a small number of volunteers will travel to Kellman Corporate Community School in North Lawndale.

“For 28 years we have come together to serve in honor of the legacy of Dr. King and in these turbulent times, serving a cause and mission greater than oneself is more important than ever,” said the vice-president. Executive Chairman and Director of City Year Chicago. director Myetie Hamilton said in a statement.

Groups of voting rights

A Chicago coalition of suffrage and civil rights groups are holding a rally followed by a car caravan to pressure lawmakers to honor King’s legacy by immediately passing legislation on the right to vote.

Groups included in the rally and caravan include: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, SEIU Healthcare IL IN, Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), NAACP, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Chicago South Side, Rainbow Push Coalition, Justice for Nick, Make Noize for Change, Arab American Action Network, US Palestinian Community Network, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.


ChiGivesBack will host an MLK Jr. Day of Service supporting a local Chicago Public School. Volunteers, we will organize rooms, repaint walls and paint murals throughout Tanner Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side.

“This program was launched in 2019 as part of our #Teach2Give initiative to support CPS teachers, professors and students,” the group said.

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum will commemorate MLK Day with a free family event.

The event will focus on the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr., particularly in Chicago, including the Chicago Freedom Movement. It will include special activities and shows for families, including poetry workshops for young people, musical performances and more.

“We strive to make Dr. King’s accomplishments known to all members of the community in and around Chicago,” the museum said in a statement.

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