About Us


Oak Park Banquets is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and owners of the Nineteenth Century Club. All proceeds from the rentals and catering at the Nineteenth Century Club benefit our mission to strengthen our community through learning, giving, and sharing our landmark building.  Go to our website to learn more about the Nineteenth Century...

Location and Parking

Just a few miles west of Chicago’s Loop, beautiful and historic downtown Oak Park is ideally situated for your event.  The Nineteenth Century Club is located on Forest Ave, just one half block from Lake Street and is within walking distance of the Green Line.  A large public parking garage is adjacent to the Club, offering convenience and peace of mind for your guests.

 178 Forest Avenue  ||  Oak Park, IL 60301


Staff Credentials

Sales Manager and Executive Chef - John “Woody” Linton

John “Woody” Linton started cooking at the age of 14 in his home town of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Upon graduation, he sought out Hyde Park to attend the Culinary Institute of America. His first landing was in Scottsdale, working at the award-winning restaurant Vu, with Chef William Bradley. Following this milestone, John helped open The Alto Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale. John has also worked at Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee, the Bohemian Grove in Northern California, and seasonally at the Talon Lodge in Sitka, Alaska, as their Executive Chef.

Most recently, he was the Executive Chef of Hearth Restaurant in Evanston, where he maintains a relationship as a guest Chef. He also helps out Venge Vineyards in Calistoga, California, and is the Executive Chef at Oak Park Banquets for the Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park. Woody lives in the West Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

Event Manager - Ryan McClory

Ryan McClory brings over 20 years of food and beverage experience and knowledge to the 19th Century.  Ryan’s background in the industry include fine dining restaurant management, boutique hotel banquet captain, and private event and catering management. 

Ryan’s commitment and desire to provide the ultimate guest experience is marked through his attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, spectacular customer service, and his overall caring and genuine attitude. 

Ryan resides in the Oak Park area with his husband and two dogs, he’s a die hard Cubs fan, enjoys gardening in his yard and golfing in his free time.

For catering and event space inquiries, please contact: 
708.386.2729 x13