Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting


Mayslake Solo Exhibit Featuring Judith Barath
September 17 – October 31
Viewing hours:
Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy the works and photographs of Judith Barath, a contemporary Oak Brook fine artist inspired by nature. Free.


Mayslake Forest Preserve at Night
Thursday, September 25
7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m..
Experience nighttime sights and sounds while exploring the woods, lakeshore and grounds around Mayslake Hall. Ages 6 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 206-9581.


First Folio presents:
The Gravedigger
Wednesdays – Sundays, October 1 – November 2
$22 – $39
For tickets call (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org
In one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. Thus begins a harrowing journey as the men discover their shared past with its gruesome and deadly secrets.


Drawing A Collection
by Rebecca Banasiak
Mondays: October 6 – December 8 (no class November 10 & 17)
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
In this class that combines artistic skills and museum collections, you will learn drawing techniques using natural history mounts and artifacts as your subjects. You will also work to create your own collection as inspiration and subject matters for your art.


The Art of Assemblage Using 3-D Design
by Kate Pszotka
Mondays: October 6 – November 10
1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Using elements and principles of design of “found object art,” which is also known as Assemblage, this class will examine the context of objects, materiality and making new connections through sculpture. Participants will experience the process of creation from idea to sketch to completed sculpture. Sessions will feature discussions on materials and techniques; slide presentations that provide added background, context and art history; and time to make individual and group work. Materials for the first project are provided; the rest are the responsibility of the participants.


Adult Studio Painting
By Madeline Shea
Mondays: October 20 – November 24
Noon – 2:30p.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Learn about the basics of Art including drawing, color mixing and color theory, elements of design, composition and more. The non-competitive, supportive environment, allows creativity to flourish. Individual and group discussions occur as needed. All levels of art backgrounds are accepted.


Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Tuesdays: October 21 – November 25
10:00am – 12:30pm
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Explore and enhance your own artistic style while painting in this beautiful setting. The instructor will give individual help and mini-demos in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Introduction to Drawing
By Madeline Shea
Tuesdays: October 21 – November 25
Noon – 2:30p.m.
$125 plus $10 model fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
A solid understanding of drawing will enhance all creative pursuits. Improve your skills dramatically using simple observation methods. Study line, shape, value, texture, and more. Observe various subject matters, including a live model, and arrange these elements into successful drawings. This experience will be both fun and personally rewarding. A supply list will be available with registration.


Surviving Titanic
by Leslie Goddard
Saturday, October 25
1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.
$10 per person
For tickets, call (630) 206-9566
Stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the sinking of the Britannic during World War I. Join historian Leslie Goddard as she portrays Violet Jessop and tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the striking viewpoint of a crew member while offering a fascinating glimpse of life behind the scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day.


Picosa Inaugural Concert
Wednesday, November 5
$25 adult; $23 senior; $20 with a donation to Hesed House.
For tickets visit www.picosamusic.com
Join Picosa, a classical ensemble, for their inaugural Mayslake concert as they present the signature piece, “Mirage,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago composer Shulamit Ran.

This season, Picosa is partnering with Hesed House in support of its mission of ending homelessness. Bring a donation for Hesed House, and receive a $5 refund on the ticket price. A list of needed items will be posted on www.picosamusic.com.

A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered at 6:30 p.m. for an additional $5 per person.

Illinois Smallmouth Alliance Fishing Show
Sunday, November 9
10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m..
$10 per adult, kids under 10 are free.
No registration necessary.
The Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, DRiFT, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invite all fishing fans to enjoy the 4th annual Early Show, Chicagoland’s only fly fishing show! See some of the area’s best tyers demonstrate their talents as they tie a wide variety of fly patterns. Talk to regional fishing clubs, pick up fishing guides and browse a variety of vendors and their products. Bring the kids for the free youth fly-tying program and to view bugs that fish eat under a high-powered microscope.


Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club’s Member Exhibit
November 11 – December 10
Viewing hours:
Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy beautiful photographs in a lovely setting. With their focus on capturing nature’s beauty, members of the Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club exhibit a wide range. Free.


Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents:
Beautiful Bach
Thursday, November 20
$25 adult; $23 senior; $7 student
For tickets call (630) 941-0202
Enjoy a night of music as ESO principal cellist Sara Sitzer and music director Stephen Alltop perform the Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord by
Johann Sebastian Bach. These sonatas blend movements of great poignancy with some of the most virtuosic music ever written for this combination of instruments.

A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered at 6:30 p.m. for an additional $5 per person.


Tours of Mayslake Hall

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 11 a.m. / 11:30 a.m.

• All year round with the exception of major Holidays and mid-December through mid-January.
• No reservations needed
• Cost $5 per person

Private Group Tours

Private tours of Mayslake Hall are available outside regular tour times for groups of 8 or more.
$5 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