Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Club

2950 W Washington St., Chicago, IL 60612
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Character & Leadership

Empowering young people to support their Club and community, sustain relationships, develop a positive self-image and respect others.

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Education & Career

Giving kids a safe haven to learn and to dream is the first priority. Providing opportunities and activities to enhance their education and explore career aspirations helps them meet their potential.

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Health & Life Skills

Creating a sense of self-respect by caring for their bodies, living healthy, setting goals, and making good decisions when faced with challenging choices.

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The Arts

Cultivating self-expression, creativity and multicultural appreciation through an array of visual, performing, literary and digital arts.

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Developing a passion for fitness and recreation as a way to be healthy, relieve stress and create a sense of teamwork and sportsmanship.


Our Story

Originally founded in 1953 as the Midwest Boys Club, the Club was later later renamed in 1969 after slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Club primarily serves youth in the East Garfield Park community. Two of Dr. King’s most famous quotes are: “The time is always right to do what is right” and “Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Through our programs, services and professional staff, we endeavor to instill both comments in the minds of every young person who comes through our doors. The Club has played an important role in character-building, academic success, developing leadership skills and providing recreation to children on Chicago’s west side.



When my family was forced out of our home due to a terrible fire in 2008, the King Club provided empathetic and financial support for us. The Club has helped my family get back on our feet, and we now live in a beautiful apartment.

– Jerrod Harris, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys & Girls Club member and the Club’s 2010 Youth of the Year.

Recent News

OCT 18, 2013 Driving Change Against Distracted Driving among Teens
JAN 10, 2013 Diplomas to Degrees Motivates Teens to Graduate
DEC 24, 2012 Isiah Thomas' Holiday Homecoming
NOV 08, 2012 A Halloween Treat from Huron Consulting Group
OCT 30, 2012 Smart Rewards for Smart Choices
OCT 03, 2012 King Club Members Take a Swing at Golf
NOV 20, 2011 The PrivateBank Helps Make Change for Kids

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