Livin’ La Vida Local: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate The Life of The Civil Rights Hero

Courtesy of the Huffington Post Chicago

The message of the late Civil Rights Era icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is simple and powerful: To not be judged by the color of skin, but by the content of character. Celebrate his vision and honor his legacy through these commemorative events around Chicago.

Courtesy of Chicago Sinfonietta

Hear the Chicago Sinfonietta perform their annual MLK tribute concert at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville (171 E. Chicago Ave.) on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3pm. The classical group will play music with roots in the American South and African plans. The concert will also feature vocalist Eric Owens. It’s only two miles from The Iroquois Club.

Catch the same Chicago Sinfonietta performance downtown on Dr. King’s actual birthday. Hear the annual performance in the beautiful Orchestra Hall (220 S. Michigan Ave.) on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30pm. It’s only a 12-minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

Courtesy of City Winery Chicago

MLK Day is also the date of Dr. King’s birthday. And birthdays deserve a little laidback celebrating. Come to City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.) for a wine tasting party serving as City Winery Chicago Restaurant & Wine Bar. Sip wine and relax in the Barrel Room at this sure-to-be stylish event tonight, Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7pm.

Courtesy of Nichols Concert Hall

Come to Nichols Concert Hall (1490 Chicago Ave.), part of the Music Institute of Chicago, to hear gospel and jazz selections honoring Dr. King. This Sunday, Jan. 20, the Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God will perform their tribute. This event is less than a mile and a half from 180 N. Jefferson and Kingsbury Plaza.