Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

Mayslake Hall Franciscan Era Tour
Saturday, July 30
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Learn about the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, which owned and operated Mayslake Hall as a retreat house from 1924 to 1991. Hear how they changed the building and the tales of “Mad Monks” who chased curious visitors from the property. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at dupageforest.org or (630) 206-9566.
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Ranger Adventure Camp
One Week Remaining!
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Aug. 1 – 5

Find out about life as a ranger as you develop archery, fishing, paddling and wilderness-survival skills at this five day camp. Ages 9 – 12. Each week is $250 per DuPage County resident; $290 per nonresident. Register at (630) 933-7248.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
presented by First Folio Theatre
July 6 – Aug. 14
Wednesdays – Sundays 8:15 p.m.

Experience the joy as the mischievous Puck turns the world upside down for a quartet of lovers, not to mention the crazed Bottom. Laugh as they’re driven to wild antics in the forest as you relax outside in one of the area’s premier forest preserves. All ages; under 16 with an adult. $10 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Sinfonietta Bel Canto Concert Series
Through a series of three beautiful and unique vocal performances, learn about the musicology, history and significance of various composers, works and styles. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $7 – $18 per person per concert. Purchase tickets at (630) 384-5007.

    American Classics
    Tuesday, July 26
    7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

    A delightful assortment of American classic songs by Cole
    Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome
    Kern and other composers make this a must-see concert!

    “Die Gartnerin aus Liebe”
    Tuesday, Aug. 2
    7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

    Accompanied by piano, singers will present an abridged
    one-act version of Mozart’s opera, “Die Gartnerin aus
    Liebe.” English subtitles will be projected for audience
    members to understand the German lyrics.

Exploring Watercolor Art Exhibit
July 27 – Aug. 29
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy works by artists from Mayslake’s watercolor class, and join us for a special reception Monday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Landscape in Nature
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: August 4, 11 and 18
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: August 6 and 13
Locations and times TBD at August 4 class

Learn how to use your camera to capture grand and intimate landscapes at this five-part class, which will cover the history of natural landscape photography, exposure settings and more. Ages 18 and up. To register call (630) 206-9566.
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Teen Studio Camp
by Rebecca Banasiak
Aug. 8 – 12, Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Using pastels, graphite, watercolor, charcoal, acrylic paint and other media, intermediate and advanced students will focus on drawing and painting skills while creating artwork to
enhance portfolios at this intensive five-day camp. Ages 12 – 18. $250 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
Aug. 16 – September 13
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Learn to integrate Lightroom with Photoshop at this five part class on Tuesdays. Lightroom I or equivalent required. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Photoshop II
by Fred Drury
Aug. 18 – Sep. 15
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Explore color management and its effects on image editing at this five-part class on Thursdays. Learn how to crop and straighten images; remove dust and scratches; adjust shadows and highlights; and use masks. Prerequisite: Photoshop I or equivalent. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Moths in the Moonlight
Friday, Sept. 2
9 – 11 p.m.

Discover the lives of moths and insects that work the night shift and ways to study them in your own yard. Then, enjoy s’mores around the fire. All ages; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Picosa
Sunday, Sept. 11
3 – 5 p.m.

Join this eclectic mixed-chamber ensemble for works by Haydn, Faure, Bach, Dvorak and American jazz composer Hersch. Then, stay for a delightful post-concert reception. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

Drawing and Painting for Adults
by Madeline Shea
Sept. 12 – Oct. 17
Mondays Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Learn drawing skills and use them to create paintings at this six-part class on Mondays. You’ll receive a supply list when you register. Adults only. $125 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Sept. 13 – Oct. 25 (except Oct. 11)
Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your own artistic style while painting in a beautiful setting at this six-part intermediate-advanced class on Tuesdays. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person per session. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Abstracts and Photo Impressionism
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: September 13, 20 and 27
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: September 17 and 24
Locations and times TBD at September 13 class

Learn to create photographic abstracts at this five-part class by using contrast, multiple exposures, special-effects software and more. Ages 18 and up. To register call (630) 206-9566.
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Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Friday, Sept. 16
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the cabaret-style show “The Great GaYmerican Songbook,” which pays homage to LGBT singersongwriters from Leonard Bernstein to Ricky Martin and many more. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $30 reserved seating ($35 at the door); $20 general admission ($25 at the door). Purchase tickets at cgmc.org.

Life as a Garden Gnome
by Jack MacRae
Tuesday, Sept. 20
7 – 8 p.m.

Discover the mythology, lore, and whimsy of garden gnomes through the eyes of Grunyon, a professional garden gnome. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Mayslake Gardens and Grounds Tour
Saturday, Sept. 24
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Explore the gardens and learn about the griffins and other easy-to-miss carved treasures on the mansion’s Tudor revival facade. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. $15 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Collage From Sketchbook to Canvas
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Sept. 29 – Nov. 10 (except Oct. 20)
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – Noon

At this six-part class on Thursdays, work in a sketchbook with magazines and explore the process of creating successful compositions. Then, learn collage techniques and move your sketches to watercolor paper and canvas. Ages 18 and up. $175 plus $10 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Botanical Art: Fall Color and Texture
by Suzanne Wegener
Oct. 10 – Nov. 14
Mondays 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Botanical art starts with observation. At this six-part class on Mondays, learn how to record what you see in a sketchbook and then develop a finished piece in graphite or watercolor. Focus will be placed on the plants in the estate’s heritage garden and the surrounding preserve. Ages 18 and up. $130 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Group Tours and Programs

Tours of Mayslake Hall

Private Group Tours

Private tours of Mayslake Hall are available outside regular tour times for groups of 8 or more.
$8 per person.
To schedule your private tour please call (630) 206-9566

School groups and Scouts

We offer tour programs for schools (Grade 3- 12), Girl scouts and Boy scouts. Although we offer several different programs that are age appropriate, all include several hands-on activities and have a focus on architecture.

Teachers! We are always interested in developing new programs with you, as to best serve you and your students needs.

$5 per person
For more information on the different programs or to book one for your class or scout group please call (630) 206-9585