The Nineteenth Century Club & The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association - Learning and Giving: Our Focus

Facility Availability



Contact Danielle Condon, Event Consultant, at 708-386-2729 or to inquire about rental availability or schedule an appointment.


Margaret Houck Ballroom / Auditorium (85' x 60')

Margaret Houck Ballroom - Photos by Becky

With room for more than 250 guests, this space can accommodate large banquets, weddings, receptions, awards ceremonies, fundraisers, programs and special events with room to spare. Ceremonial seating is available as well. Best suited for large parties!

  • 100 – 280 guests for meal service
  • 400 theater style, auditorium seating
  • Full performance stage
  • Steinway grand piano available
  • Newly finished original hardwood floors
  • Rich velvet stage curtains
  • Lofty 12'10" ceiling

South Dining Room (50' x 30')

The larger South Dining Room offers the perfect atmosphere and elegance for medium-sized parties and ceremonies, as well as corporate events, awards banquets and graduation parties.

  • 50 -120 guests for meal service
  • 100 guests for theater style seating
  • Small stage on east side of room
  • Available for bar service and dancing
  • Excellent acoustics for musical performances


North Dining Room (32' x 30')

The North Dining Room offers small to medium sized parties a cozy dining setting. Your guests will enjoy the delicious hors d'oeuvres, salads and entrees on the menu.

  • Meal service and theater style seating available
  • Perfect for family get-togethers
  • Lovely for a birthday or anniversary party
  • Ideal for meetings and programs
  • Available for bar service and dancing

Our Landmark Historic building is perfect for weddings, receptions, celebrations, meetings, performances, and special events. We are centrally located in the picturesque town of Oak Park, Illinois - just 8 miles west of downtown Chicago. Our building is within walking distance of the CTA Green Line, the Metra Union Pacific West Line, and many houses of worship. Austin Gardens is also located directly across the street for photo opportunities in a natural setting. Food & bar services must be provided by preferred vendors of the 19th Century Club.


After expenses, the proceeds from rental events go to help maintain the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association's Landmark Historic Building, provide cultural & educational programming for surrounding communities, provide four-year scholarships for Oak Park-River Forest High School graduates, provide space in our building for other not-for profit events and provide direct support for other Not-for-Profit Charitable Organizations in Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park.