Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:


A Dilly of An Afternoon!
Get gussied up, bring your sidekick, and get a wiggle to this shindig on the lawn filled with activities, horseless carriages, games, a silent auction and music. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of Mayslake Hall. Ages 21 and up. $65 per person. Call (630) 206-9588 to purchase tickets.
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Oak Brook Art League Exhibit
May 3 – Jun. 30
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy beautiful works of art by members of the Oak Brook Art League. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566

Mayslake Gardens and Grounds Tour
Saturday, May 27
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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Picosa
Sunday, May 28
3 – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a concert of contemporary and traditional chamber music and stay for the “Meet the Musicians” gourmet dessert reception. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $0 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

Photography Excursion: Dusk at Mayslake Peabody Estate
Tuesday, May 30
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Bring your camera and explore Mayslake Hall and grounds at dusk with a photography instructor and Mayslake Peabody Estate’s Heritage Interpreter. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Fishing: Adult Intro to Fishing Course
Thursdays, June 1 ̶ 22
9 ̶ 11 a.m.

Learn the basics at this four-week course with indoor instruction and fishing at a different lake each week. Ages 18 and up. $59 per person. Register at (630) 933-7284.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
June 6 – July 18
Aug. 1 – Sept. 5
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your artistic style at this six-part intermediate-advanced class, which offers individual guidance, demos and group critiques. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person per session. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Scraps of Quilting
Tuesday, June 6
7 ̶ 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy a performance by singer-songwriter, storyteller and poet ‘Lil Rev during his personal ode to quilters, who keep us warm, provide a piece of home in wartime, and tell stories through stitches. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $12 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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For Scouts: Insect Study Merit Badge
Saturday, June 10
9 a.m. ̶ Noon

Observe live insects as you learn about insect adaptations, the important role these creatures play on the planet, and how to develop skills for further studies. Scouts must turn in completed requirements 5a, 5b, 9 and 10 at the start of the program. $30 per Scout. Register at (630) 850-8110.
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Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Thursday, June 15
8 ̶ 10 p.m.

Enjoy an evening with this internationally acclaimed ensemble under the direction of Doug Beach. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $15 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Ranger Adventure Camp
Weeks starting June 19 or 26 or July 10, 17, 24 or 31
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Try archery, boating, fishing and hiking while improving your team-building and wilderness-survival skills at this five-day camp. Ages 9 – 12. $250 per DuPage County resident; $290 per nonresident. Register at (630) 933-7284.
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Paddling: Kayaking Kids
Tuesday, June 20
5:30 – 7 p.m.

Learn basic techniques in a friendly setting. Equipment provided. Ages 9 – 13 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 933-7284.
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Archery: Just for Kids
Tuesday, June 27
5:30 – 7 p.m.

Learn the history and basic techniques of this classic sport. Equipment provided. Ages 5 – 8 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 933-7284.
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Natural Illustration
by Rebecca Banasiak
July 10 – Aug. 14
Mondays: 6 – 8 p.m.

Using the natural world as inspiration, gain a basic understanding of techniques and tools used to draw and paint with a focus on water-based mediums. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Mayslake Creativity Camp
by Carmela Martino and Rebecca Banasiak
July 10 – 14
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m.

Explore your creativity through writing (mornings), drawing and painting (afternoons), or both! Mornings will give budding young authors the chance to play writing-related games, listen to literature, experiment with different styles and provide feedback to each other. Afternoons will be devoted to exploring a wide range of artistic techniques – from traditional oil painting and printmaking to unconventional methods, such as splatter painting using balloons and darts! Ages 9 – 12. $150 per DuPage resident per session; $175 nonresident. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Botanical Arts: Summer Blooms
by Suzanne Wegener
July 12 – Aug. 16
Wednesdays: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Learn how to record observations in a sketchbook and develop a finished piece in graphite or watercolor as you focus on the habit and structure of plants at Mayslake. You’ll receive a supply list for this six-part class, but most supplies are included in the registration fee. $130 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

As You Like It
presented by First Folio Theatre
July 12 – Aug. 20
Wednesdays – Sundays 8:15 p.m.

Poor unlucky Orlando is forced to escape to the woods, abandoning his inheritance and Rosalind, the woman he loves. Little does he know the sprightly youth who teaches him how to woo is Rosalind in disguise. Relax under the stars as you enjoy Shakespeare’s most pastoral comedy. All ages; under 16 with an adult. $10 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Establishing Our Roots
Friday, July 14: 10 – 11 a.m.

Through historic photos and extensive research, hear about the early history of the conservation movement, including local groups that advocated for forest preserves and state parks in Illinois and DuPage County voters who created the Forest Preserve District in 1915. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Discover Mayslake
Saturday, July 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour of the mansion, enjoy live music, dabble in art, try archery, take your camera on a photography walk, and discover more of the great experiences Mayslake has to offer year-round! All ages; under 14 with an adult. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Sinfonietta Bel Canto Concert Series
Learn about the musicology, history and significance of various composers’ works and styles. Come to one, two or all four performances! A reception with light refreshments follows each performance. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with anadult. Tickets and information at sinfoniettabelcanto.com or (630) 886-5152.

American Classics Part 1
Tuesday, July 18 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

This delightful performance of classics by Cole Porter,
George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern,
and others makes this a must-see concert.

American Classics Part 2
Tuesday, July 25 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy a wonderful continuation of performances of
classics by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving
Berlin, Jerome Kern, and others.

International Music Night
Tuesday, Aug. 1 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy classical Italian, Spanish, Brazilian, Puerto Rican,
French composers such as Faure, Cordero, Sor, Villa-
Lobos, and Giuliani during this performance by flamenco
dancer Diane Campbell, soprano Angela Presutti Korbitz
and guitarist Ron Korbitz.

Opera Meets Broadway
Tuesday, Aug. 8 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Hear arias, duets and ensembles from Bernstein, Rodgers
and Hammerstein accompanied by performer narratives
and commentaries on the selections.

Invasive Plants in the Midwest Landscape
July 26 – Sept. 15
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This traveling botanical exhibit by the Chicago-area Reed-Turner Botanical Artists features works in watercolor, gouache, pencil and pen-and-ink that raise awareness of common plants that threaten the health of local habitats. There will be an opening reception 5 – 7 p.m. on July 27. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Photoshop I
by Fred Drury
July 26 – Aug. 23
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Discover how to evaluate and optimize digital images at this five-part class. Learn how to measure, interpret and correct color and sharpen, dodge and burn images. Best for photographers with Photoshop CS5 or later. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Mayslake Hall Franciscan Era Tour
Saturday, July 29
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, and the “mad monks” who chased away curious visitors. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Aug. 1 – Sept. 5
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your artistic style at this six-part intermediate-advanced class, which offers individual guidance, demos and group critiques. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person per session. Register at (630) 206-9566.

The CCC in DuPage Forest Preserves
Friday, Aug. 18
10 – 11 a.m.

Hear about the two forest preserve Civilian Conservation Corps camps, the men who lived there in the 1930s, and the lasting marks they made on the county’s forest preserves. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Photoshop II
by Fred Dury
Aug. 30 – Sept. 27
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Explore color management and its effects on image editing at this five-part class. 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.

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