Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

 

Illinois Watercolor Society Exhibit
January 13 – March 1
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Enjoy viewing beautiful artwork by the members of the Illinois Watercolor Society. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

First Folio Presents: Jeeves at Sea
January 27 – February 28
Wednesday – Sunday

On board a yacht anchored in Monte Carlo, the feather-brained Bertie Wooster finds himself once more in the soup, caught between the romantic intentions of both the mischievous Lady Stella and the stern Miss Minerva. Throw in twin brothers Percy and Alfred Crumpworth, and you have a predicament that may stump even the redoubtable Jeeves. Ages 14 and up. $22 – $39. For the show schedule and tickets call, (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org

America’s Gilded Age
by John Schreiber
Feb. 20 – March 19
Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Mark Twain coined the term in his book “Gilded Age: A Tale of Today,“ which satirized an era of serious social problems disguised by thin gold gilding. Explore this significant period in American history, which lasted from the 1870s to about 1900. $134 per person; $99 ages 55 and up. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Teen Open Studio
by Rebecca Banasiak
Feb. 22 – April 11
Mondays 6 – 8 p.m.

Intermediate and advanced students, focus on drawing and painting skills while creating artwork to enhance your portfolios using pastels, graphite, watercolor, charcoal, acrylic paint and other media. Ages 12 – 18. $167 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Digital Photography Fundamentals II
by Fred Drury
Feb. 24 – March 23
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Each week, address a new aspect of digital photography and its relationship to the computer and create images using your camera’s creative modes: shutter priority, aperture priority and manual. Prerequisite: Digital Photo Fundamentals I or equivalent. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Creative Art Blocks
by Laura Lein-Svencer
Feb. 29 – March 28
Mondays 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Create small collages that will fit on a 4-inch block of cedar. Tack down found papers with a tack iron, sand and prepare the surface of the block, and add found objects to create unique sculptures. Adults only. $165 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Photoshop II
by Fred Drury
Mar. 1 – March 29
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

at this five-part class on Tuesdays. Learn how to crop and straighten images; remove dust and scratches; adjust shadows and highlights; and use masks. Prerequisite: Photoshop I or equivalent. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
March 1 – April 5
Mondays Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your own artistic style while paining in a beautiful setting. For intermediate and advance students. Adults only. $125 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Mayslake Peabody Estate Research Showcase
Thursday, Mar. 3
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Hear fascinating findings from 10 years of volunteer research of Mayslake Hall, the Peabody family, the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor and more. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Picosa Music: Four Airs
Sunday, Mar. 6
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy an eclectic repertoire ranging from celebrated masterworks to modern experimental pieces with solo performances by members of this virtuosic chamber ensemble. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

FotoMuses Exhibit
Mar. 9 – Apr. 22
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Explore an exhibit by this diverse group of female photographers united by their love of photography and their desire to share art with others. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Museum Day Live!
Saturday, March 12
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mayslake Peabody Estate is a proud participant in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! program. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Mayslake Peabody Estate will offer open house-style tours for free! The Portiuncula Chapel will also be open for viewing. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Acappellago: Escape to … You Name It?!
Saturday, Mar. 12
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Spend an evening filled with the sounds of a cappella as this chamber choir performs its spring concert. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $17 adults; $15 seniors and students. Purchase tickets at acappellago.org or (708) 484-3797.

Adult Painting
by Madeline Shea
March 14 – April 18
Mondays Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Learn about drawing, color mixing, color theory, elements of design, composition and more at this six-part class on Mondays. Adults only. $125 per person per session. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Lightroom I
by Fred Drury
Mar. 14 – April 11
Mondays, 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 Mondays. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Lecture: Ballets Russes
by Janneke Fowers
Tuesday, Mar. 15
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Explore the 1909 – 1929 journey of this influential dance company and its founder, Serge Diaghilev, whose work with choreographers like Nijinsky and Balanchine, composers like Ravel and Stravinsky, and artists like Bakst and Picasso changed the art world forever. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Fooling Buddah
presented by First Folio Theatre
March 23 – April 24
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

When you’re the first “American Buddhist” kid on the block in the 1970s, you learn to battle the bully with magic and misdirection, but every miracle has its price. David Kovac returns with his hit one-man show, a blend of philosophical humor and slight of hand. Ages 14 and up. $22 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Meet Mary Pickford
by Leslie Goddard
Saturday, April 2
1 – 2 p.m.

Mary Pickford was America’s Sweetheart. She was also an astute mogul, negotiating contracts that earned her millions and producing some of the best films of her era. In this historical portrayal, Pickford discusses her career and work as a movie mogul. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Creating Digital Slideshows
by Fred Drury
April 6 – May 11
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Use your own digital images and add transitions, music and voice-overs to build a 10-minute show using Photodex ProShow Gold. Photodex ProShow Gold software is only available for Windows. This six-part class meets on Wednesdays. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Mayslake Hall Unseen Spaces Tour
Saturday, April 9
1 – 2:30 p.m

Explore the basement and archives of Mayslake Hall. Please note that visitors must use stairs. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $15 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

The Art of Layering in Collage
by Laura Lein-Svencner
April 11 – May 9
Mondays 9 – 11:30 a.m.

At this five-part class on Mondays, discover the art and harmony of integration by layering paper with mixed media, repeatedly building up and pushing back to create illusionary depth. Adults only. $165 plus $10 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Intro to Nature Photography
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: April 12, 19 and 26
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: April 16 and 23
Locations and times TBD at April 12 class

Gain an understanding of natural light, basic computer skills and camera settings, exposure, depth-of-field and more at this five-part class. Adults only. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
April 18 – May 16
Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Continue work with Lightroom’s Develop module and learn how to integrate Lightroom with Photoshop at this five-part class on Mondays. Lightroom I or equivalent required. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Intro to Photo Composition
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: April 21, 28 and May 5
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: April 23 and 30
Locations and times TBD at April 21 class

Explore the basic tools of composition at this five-part class. Learn how to balance a photo by paying attention to the corners; how to create a feeling of three dimensions by creating a oreground, middle ground and background; and how to use lead-in lines, the rule of thirds, frames and repeating patterns. Adults only. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Intermediate Photo Composition
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: May 12, 19 and 26
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: May 14 and 21
Locations and times TBD at May 12 class

Explore curves, lines, circles and other power shapes; point and counterpoint contrasts; and ways to capture the decisive moment at this five-part class. Adults only. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Use of Light in Photography
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: June 2, 9 and 16
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: June 4 and 11
Locations and times TBD at May 12 class

Learn how to use natural light, sunrise, sunset, overcast days, side and backlighting, at this five-part class. Locations and times for June 4 and 11 TBD. Ages 18 and up. 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.
$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