Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

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Holiday Art and Craft Market
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends. Part of the proceeds will benefit the next restoration project at Mayslake Hall. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Near West Art Collective Exhibit and Sale
Nov. 9 – Dec. 8
Viewing Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy original paintings by members of the Near West Art Collective for their exhibit, “Inspired by Nature.” A “Meet the Artists” reception will take place on Wednesday, Nov.9 at 6:30 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566

Fishing: Explore Your Tackle Box
Thursday, Dec. 8
Noon – 2 p.m.

Bring your tackle box and learn how to use what’s inside! Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at Register at (630) 933-7248.
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Be Prepared: Winter in the Preserves
Wednesday, Dec. 14: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn about different winter forest preserve activities and how to enjoy them safely. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 933-7248.
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Animal Evidence
Saturday, Dec. 17: 10 – 11:30 a.m. SOLD OUT
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Thursday, Dec. 22: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Learn about tracks, scat and other evidence animals leave behind, and then look for critters on a guided hike. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes to this moderately paced walk, which may go along uneven turf trails. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 933-7248.

Vision Board Workshop
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Saturday, Jan. 7
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Create a vision board! This workshop will ignite creative insight through writing, drawing, mark making and image gathering, bringing themes of change, adventure, personal interests, inspiration and intention to the surface of a large board. You will receive a supply list when you register. Ages 18 and up. $75 plus $5 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Jan. 10 – Feb. 14
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-advances class on Tuesdays. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Forest Preserve District Employee and
Volunteer Exhibit: Blizzards and Beauty
Jan. 11 – Feb. 24
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy winter-themed works of art by the talented people who keep the Forest Preserve District running. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566

The “Tree Spirited Woman”
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Jan. 12 – Mar. 2
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – Noon

In this eight-week class on Thursdays, explore personal thought and meaning with creative images and words in an art-journal forum. Readings and discussions of Colleen Baldrica’s “Tree Spirited Woman” and inspiration from nature and ancient wisdom will guide journal entries. You will receive a supply list when you register. Ages 18 and up. $185 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Jan. 14
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra for, “Concerto Mania – Vivaldi & Bach!” This program will feature soloists on harpsichord, flute, violin and cello. From the buoyant solo Harpsichord Concerto in A Major by Bach to the dazzling Concerto for Four Violins by Vivaldi, this will be a most entertaining Baroque experience! Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $7 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at elmhurstsymphony.org or (630) 941-0202.

For Boy Scouts:
Architecture Merit Badge
Saturday, Jan. 14 *SOLD OUT*
9 a.m. – noon

Learn about architecture and discover how buildings influence the community. Scouts must turn in completed requirements 1a and 1b at the start of the program. Bring your merit badge blue card, a notebook and tape measure, and several pencils. Ages 10 – 17. $30 per person. Register at (630) 850-8110.
To join the waitlist for this program or to view other merit badge programs, click here.

Lightroom I
by Fred Drury
Jan. 26 – Feb. 23
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Learn about Adobe’s Lightroom software, which allows you to enhance and organize digital photos, and work with the program’s Library and Develop modules at this five-part class on Thursdays. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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“Captain Blood!”
presented by First Folio Theatre
Jan. 25 – Feb. 26
Sundays and Thursdays: 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 8 p.m.
Plus Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25: 4 p.m.

Unjustly sentenced to slavery on a Caribbean island, the bold Dr. Peter Blood falls in love with the lady of the plantation, the lovely Arabella Bishop. When Blood escapes and takes up the life of a pirate, it appears fate has separated them forever — or has it? Filled with sword fights and pirate battles, love and treachery, and even a song or two, this adventure is perfect for the whole crew! Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $22 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Wonders of Winter
Saturday, Feb. 4
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Go on a horse-drawn hayride, take a nature hike, and try ice fishing, geocaching, snowshoeing, and other ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Then, warm up inside Mayslake Hall with fun activities and helpful facts about forest preserve plants, animals and programs from our rangers, naturalists and volunteers. All ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 933-7248.

Photography Excursion: Winter Delights
at St. James Farm
Sunday, Feb. 5
9 – 11 a.m.

Bring your camera phone, point-and-shoot or SLR on a winter walk with a photography instructor and a tour guide from St. James Farm. Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Botanical Art: Hibernating Nature
by Suzanne Wegener
Feb. 6 – Mar. 13
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. – Noon

At this six-part class on Mondays, learn how to record observations in a sketchbook and develop a finished piece in graphite or watercolor as you focus on the heritage garden and surrounding forest preserve. Ages 18 and up. $130 plus $10 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Inspiring Images
by Chris Aquino and Willard Clay
Feb. 6 – Mar. 6
Mondays: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

At this five-part class on Mondays, go beyond the technical aspects of photography and explore the complex ways photographers choose what to shoot and ideas for linking experiences and preferences with your own images. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Winter Photography
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: Feb. 7, 14 and 21
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: Feb. 11 and 18
8 – 11 a.m. Locations TBD at Feb. 7 class

Learn how to dress yourself and your camera for winter and how to best capture the beauty of the season at this five-part class. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Cocoa and Coloring
Saturday, Feb. 18
1 – 3 p.m.

Break free of cabin fever and spend the afternoon coloring while you enjoy hot cocoa. Coloring pages, markers, colored pencils, crayons and cocoa are provided. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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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