Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

Upcoming Events:


Mayslake Peabody Estate Faculty Art Exhibit
March 5 – May 2
Viewing hours: Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy the diverse talents of the art instructors who teach at
Mayslake Peabody Estate. This show will feature paintings,
collage, illustrations and three-dimensional pieces. Admission is FREE.


First Folio presents:
by Joseph Zettelmaier
March 26 – April 27 (Wed and Fri – Sun)
$22 – $37
Tickets: (630) 986-8067 or www.firstfolio.org
The shy owner of a collectables store in Detroit finds his
staid existence turned topsy-turvy when a mysterious
women enters his life with valuable items that just should
not exist anymore.


Finding Your Writer’s Voice
By Carmela Martino
Mondays: April 21 – June 2
7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
What is voice? How do you develop yours? Author Carmela
Martino helps answer these questions. Through reading
assignments, writing exercises, class discussions, and
instructor feedback, you’ll learn the power of voice and how
to sharpen yours. Required text: Finding Your Writer’s Voice:
A Guide to Creative Fiction by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall.


Chicago’s Sweet Candy History
by Leslie Goddard
Tuesday, April 22
7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
For most its history, Chicago produced about one-third of
the nation’s candy. Join historian Leslie Goddard, author of
Chicago’s Sweet Candy History, to learn some of the history
behind Chicago’s tasty treats and explore what made the city
such a powerful location for candymakers.


Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Tuesdays: April 22 – June 3 (no class May 6)
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.


The Ups and Downs of Dining in the Guilded Age
by Ellie Carlson and Mark Howe
Sunday, May 4
Noon–2p.m. (optional tour at 11a.m.)
3p.m.–5p.m. (optional tour at 2p.m.)
$15 (optional tour an additional $5)
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
You are cordially invited to Mayslake Peabody Estate for a
taste of Gilded Age food history! Food historians Ellie Carlson
and Mark Howe will portray a cook and butler from a 1922
home in Illinois and will provide insight into the eating habits
of wealthy families, like the Peabodys. Attendees will also
have the opportunity to try an authentic 1920s treat!
A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered for an
before each of the two seating options.


Basic Design with Collage
By Laura Lein-Svencner
Mondays: May 5 – July 7 (no class May 19 and 26)
9:00am – 11:30pm
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
In any art form the comprehension of design is at the
foundation of a strong composition and a sturdy piece of art.
This collage class will break down the basics in design using
various art material and collage techniques.


Digital Photography Fundamentals I
by Tom Richardson
Wednesdays: May 7 – June 11 (no class May 14)
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Take full advantage of your digital camera including the
aesthetics of making images. Bring your camera and
manual (DSLR or Point & Shoot). Each week ‘homework’
assignments will show you the capabilities of your camera
and exercise your creative skills.


WDCB Jazz Salon
Frank Caruso and Friends
Thursday, May 8
$25 cabaret seating/ general $20 /$18 seniors and students
Tickets: (630) 206-9588
Enjoy a night of jazz at Mayslake Peabody Estate! A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered at 6:30 p.m. at an additional $5 per person.


Native Plant Sale
Friday, May 9: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, May 10: 9:00am – 4:00pm
This two-day sale will feature native plants that will help you
create a native landscape around your home. Naturalists on
site can assist with landscape design and plant selection.
Online orders accepted through March 25th at www.dupageforest.org/nativeplantpresale, with presale pick up on Thursday, May 8.


FPDDC Staff & VolunteerArt Exhibit
May 13 – June 20
Viewing hours: Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
This show will feature artwork from the talented people who help keep the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County running. Admission is FREE.


How a Garden Can Make a Difference
Tuesday, May 13
7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
In this lecture, author and activist, Shawna Coronado
will discuss how ripping out her front lawn sod to build a
vegetable garden transformed her life and community.


Night Hike
Thursday, May 22
7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Ages 6 and up; no unaccompanied children
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
This night hike will explore the outdoor portions of Mayslake
Forest Preserve, including the mansion grounds, woodlands
and lake edges.


Glad Rags and Giggle Water
A 1919 Themed Fundraiser
Saturday, June 7
Adults Only
Visit vintage vignettes from 1919 (the year construction began on Mayslake Hall) while helping fund future restoration projects at Mayslake Peabody Estate. Throughout the evening, guests will experience the styles and trends from the year in which World War One ended and prohibition in Illinois began. A silent auction will also be held to benefit the Mayslake Hall Restoration Society. From swell fashions to swanky foods, this evening is sure to be the bee’s knees! For tickets and information, call 630-206-9566.


Adult Studio Painting
By Madeline Shea
Mondays: June 9 – July 28
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.


WDCB Jazz Salon
Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Thursday, June 12
$25 cabaret seating/ general $20 /$18 seniors and students
Tickets: (630) 206-9588
The ECJB, under the direction of Doug Beach, has gained international acclaim. The band has toured 17 nations and performs with well-known artists such as Louie Bellson and Clark Terry. A tour of the historic Mayslake Hall will be offered at 6:30 PM at an additional $5 per person.


Drawing and Painting from Nature
by Rebecca Banasiak
Mondays: June 23 – August 4 (no class July 14)
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Students entering grades 4-6
$125 + $10 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Kids, come join Rebecca Banasiak, an illustrator from the Field Museum for a summer adventure in drawing! Learn about how museums use artists to better understand the artifacts and specimens they have in their collections. You will have the chance to use your artistic skills (both pre-existing and new) to draw and paint items collected from nature.


Girls Write!
by Carmela Martino
Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27
9:30am – Noon
Students entering grades 4-5
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Come join us for friendship and fun! This girls-only camp is designed specifically to empower and affirm budding girl authors. Activities include playing writing-related games, listening to literature by women authors, experimenting with different writing techniques, and providing feedback to each other. Girls write in a variety of forms, including poetry, memoir, and fiction. They also receive help revising and polishing their work. By the end of the camp, students will have created an anthology of their work, and made some new friends!


Pollinator Day
Saturday, June 28
10:00am – 2:00pm
FREE – no reservations required
For additional information call (630) 206-9586
Learn about native pollinators, meet a beekeeper, and find ways to make your yard pollinator friendly. Guided hikes, crafts, and activities included.


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