Nineteenth Century Programs

A Tradition of Excellence
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association has a long history of providing engaging and entertaining programming. Some of our notable presenters have included Amelia Earhart, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes. Please view our COVID policies at the bottom of this page.

We offer the following programs:

Monday Enrichment ProgramMonday Enrichment Programs
Our programs capture the cultural diversity and love of learning that’s so evident in Oak Park and its surrounding communities. Topics addressed range from art and music to science, social sciences and literature. We pride ourselves in truly offering something for everyone and particularly strive to emphasize the history and culture of Chicago.

Mind BoggleMind Boggle
This program was created in 2018 
as an evening program that will challenge the audience to view both sides of a topic or issue. Lively debates between the presenter and the audience, and sometimes within the audience debate often occur and all leave the event more informed and invigorated.




Henry Fogel PresentsHenry Fogel Presents
This program is a collaboration between the NCCA and Henry Fogel, whose background as former President and CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and host of WFMT's Collector's Corner makes him a classical music legend. Henry Fogel Presents brings diverse musical talent to our stage four times a year. Mr. Fogel hosts the evening and interviews the musicians between sets. 



Tai ChiTai Chi
Tai Chi is a type of low-impact, weight-bearing, and aerobic -- yet relaxing -- exercise. It began as a martial art. As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health. Practiced in a variety of styles, Tai Chi involves slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. The meditation is sometimes called "moving meditation".



COVID19 Policies (Effective 10/1/21)

In order to provide the safest environment possible for Nineteenth Century Charitable Association members, staff, and guests, the NCCA will require guests to be fully vaccinated in order to attend events, programs, and/or meetings sponsored by our organization effective October 1, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” means on the date of the event you are attending, you must be:

  • at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO approved two-dose COVID19 vaccine, or
  • at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO approved one-dose COVID19 vaccine.

Guests will need to provide legal ID and proof of vaccination, which can be either on a smartphone or a physical copy of vaccination record.

The only exception to the above will be for guests:

  • between the ages of 0-12, who must be accompanied by an adult that meets our venue’s vaccination requirements.
  • who need reasonable accommodation due to a documented medical exception.

For guests who are not able to be vaccinated for one of the reasons listed above, they must provide proof of ONE of the following:

  • negative COVID19 PCR test performed by a medical provider within 72 hours of the event start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the text, or
  • negative COVID19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the event start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test. This test should be performed by a medical professional.

At each Nineteenth Century program and event, there will be a designated space for showing proof of vaccination. Members and guests will only be required to show proof of vaccination one time. You will not be allowed entrance without a proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.  Masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status, for all guests except while they are seated and dining. Seating will be organized in a socially distanced fashion.