Attend a Nineteenth Century Program!

Our Program Committee has worked hard to plan 29 weeks of programs in our five categories: Art, Literature, Music, Science and Social Science. See descriptions of the first four programs below. All programs will take place in our beautiful ballroom (masks will be required to attend). Select programs will be available to be viewed at home live via Zoom Webinar. Links will be provided if program is being livestreamed. Your donation will help ensure the season is Amazing! Missed a Program from the 20-21 Season? Many great programs from the season are available here! Please note: All Nineteenth Century attendees are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (for detailed information on this policy, please visit our Program Page.


Awakening of a Sleeping Giant: The Old Chicago Post Office
Monday, December 6 at 1:15pm
A City of Chicago landmark and fixture on the National Register of Historic Places, the Post Office is a one- of-a-kind building. When it was purchased in 2016 after 20 years of neglect, Gensler Chicago led its respectful restoration and seamless repositioning into a next-generation office building with world-class tenant amenities. In this presentation, Gensler Regional Managing Principal Grant Uhlir will discuss the process of reinvigorating the landmark building into a relevant space for today’s Chicagoans. To register for Monday Lunch on December 6, which is held at 12pm and precedes this program, please click here. This program will also be available for livestreamed viewing. To register for this Zoom Webinar, please click here.

The Three Tenors Celebrate the Season
Monday, December 13 at 1:15pm
Three tenors from the Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrate the season with performances of operatic and musical theater favorites and holiday classics. John Concepcion, Ken Donovan, and Tim Bradley with Lisa Kristina on piano are back by popular demand to delight and entertain you. To register for Monday Lunch on December 13, which is held at 12pm and precedes this program, please click here.

Merry Measures, a Celebration of Festive Feasting
Monday, December 20 at 1:15pm

Join us for a delicious tribute to the tastes of our December traditions in poems, stories, remembrances, and song presented by Oak Park Festival Theatre Artistic Associates. The “menu”, crafted by Belinda Bremner, is full of old favorites, followed by musings of Ogden Nash, Anne Lamott, and Maya Angelou, as well as some amusing new takes on holiday fare from those in the kitchen. From Grace through to the last crumb of fruitcake, it will be a feast for all To register for Monday Lunch on December 20, which is held at 12pm and precedes this program, please click here.


Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

An adventure in Christmas magic awaits you!

Join the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association for a unique holiday treat—and be among the first supporters of the “Let’s Update the Kitchen” campaign. 
Click here to learn more about this event and to register.


Order Your 2021 Holiday Dinner!