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Chicago Martin Luther King Day 2012 Events

Check out the events happening in your town.


Highland Park’s MLK Service Opportunity: Write Letters to Soldiers and Children of the Military (1207 Park Ave. W)

Write letters to soldiers and children of the military. This is an ongoing event.




Be Part Of MLK Day of Service 2012 and Donate Coats (1710 N Kostner Ave.)

January 1, 2012 – January 16, 2012

Donate any new or gently worn coat in collection boxes located in Burlington Coat Factory stores across the country.



MLK Day Food Pantry Donation Drive (2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Jan. 4 to Jan. 31

Help replenish empty food shelves. Any amount of food will be most welcome. Suggested donations are breakfast foods, rice, powdered milk, canned soups and meats, small containers of coffee/tea, condiments, plus personal hygiene products such as bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes.


Highland Park’s Presentation of the Life and Legacy of MLK

(1207 Park Ave. W)

A presentation of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This is an ongoing event.




Come Fly Away  (Bank of America Theater –  18 W. Monroe St.)

Sunday, January 10-22, 2012 7:30 p.m.

Come Fly Away the Musical will be in town. Purchase tickets at



TNK Kickoff Party (Lincoln Hall – 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 to 8 p.m.

Open to all 5-Day Pass and Glass Candy Show ticket holders. Grooves spun by Tess. Bar hosted by Bud Light.



TNK Music Festival 2012 (Lincoln Hall- 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.

Jan. 11-15

Performances by Hannibal Buress, Theophilus London, Glass Candy, Com Truise, Chromatics, and many more! Buy your tickets today at



(Park West – 322 W. Armitage Ave.)

Jan. 15, 8 p.m.

Come and enjoy as comedians Roz G, Alex Ortiz, Baldhead Hustle Phillips, and Darrell Lamont take the stage.  The show will be hosted by comedian Sheree Luckett.


Hip-Hop Open Mic (Subterranean – 2011 W. North Ave.)

Jan. 17,  10 p.m.

Come perform or enjoy the live hip-hop performances at the Hip-Hop Open Mic at Subterranean.



Tavis Smiley, Martin Luther King Week Keynote Speaker

(Pfeiffer Hall – 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, Ill.)

Jan. 19,  7 p.m.

Radio and television host Tavis Smiley will be the keynote speaker during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week observance at North Central College. Tickets are $10; to purchase call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit