What businesses are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? – NBC Chicago
Some government services and businesses will be closed Monday in observance of the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, impacting the holiday.
Because Martin Luther King Jr. Day is recognized as a federal holiday, post offices and other government offices and buildings such as public libraries are closed.
Chicago museums will remain open with several felicitation events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Although most government functions are closed on Monday, many grocery stores, big box stores and restaurants remain open.
Major stores such as Target, Costco, Walmart, The Home Depot, Jewel-Osco and Mariano’s will be open for the holidays.
Although post offices will be closed, FedEx and UPS locations will be open during normal hours. Any mail in the USPS collection box will be picked up on Tuesday.
As for schools, school districts in Illinois can choose to celebrate the holiday or not. Classes for Chicago Public Schools will not be in session on Monday.
However, a new law may apply to students in Illinois Martin Luther King Jr. Day school districts that allow excused absences for civic engagement.
Bill 5488, which took effect on January 1, 2023, states that any public middle or high school student will be allowed at least one “unexcused absence to attend a civic event.” .
According to the text of the bill, a “civic event” is defined as “an event sponsored by a non-profit organization or public agency, open to the public” and “may include an artistic or cultural performance or an educational gathering. Sponsorship supports the mission of the community.
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