Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting


In honor of the 2015 centennial celebrations of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Mayslake Peabody Estate announces a call to artists for When Art & Nature Meet, an outdoor installation exhibit that explores the juxtaposition of art and nature.
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Upcoming Events:


Digital Photography Fundamentals I
by Fred Drury
Thursdays: March 5 – April 2
6:30pm – 9:30pm
$150 plus $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Learn to use important features of today’s digital cameras,and in the process get introduced to the esthetics of making pictures. Weekly shooting assignments will build upon one another and exercise your creative skills.


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, March 7
$35 VIP table seating / $25 general admission
For tickets visit www.cgmc.org
Join the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for a Winter Cabaret! Members of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus will bring you songs of love and longing to warm your heart.


Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
Tuesdays: March 10 – April 7
6:30pm – 9:30pm
$150 plus $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
This class continues from Lightroom I. The class also demonstrates techniques for integrating Lightroom with Photoshop. Prerequisite: Lightroom I or equivalent. Lightroom 5 will be used for demonstrations; however anyone using Lightroom 4 will gain full value from the class.


AFA Best of the Best Exhibit, 2015
March 10 – April 24
Viewing hours:
Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
The Alliance of Fine Arts presents their annual exhibition of local artists that have distinguished themselves over the past year in the local art guilds. Free.


Saturday, March 14
$17 general / $15 seniors and students
For tickets call (708) 484-3797 ext2 or visit www.acappellago.org
Acappellago, presents Escape to…Where the River meets the Sea.


Flying WILD Workshop
Saturday, March 14
9:00a.m. – Noon
$25 includes book and supplies
Reservations: (630) 206-9586
Flying WILD workshops are designed for anyone who wants to inspire children with interactive activities and service-learning projects about birds and their habitats. Each participant will receive a copy of Flying WILD: An Educator’s guide to Celebrating birds, an opportunity to experience activities in the guide, and a certificate indicating professional development training. One the Forest Preserve’s live education raptors will be present at this workshop.


“Love Loss and What I Wore”
presented by First Folio Theatre
March 25 – April 26
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00p.m.
Sundays at 3:00p.m.
For tickets call (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org
A play by, for, and about women: their lives, their memories,their mothers… and their clothes. From first bras to prom dresses to that little black dress, this insightful comedy celebrates the deep and abiding love/hate relationship women have with their wardrobes.


The Gift of Story: Capturing and Preserving Family Memories
by Candace George Thompson
Tuesday, March 31
7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
$10 per person
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Mayslake Peabody Estate welcomes Candace George Thompson, author of the award-winning family saga, “Still Having Fun, a Portrait a Military Marriage”, as she shares easy ways to capture family memories. Leave this workshop with concrete ideas and resources for engaging your entire family.


Drawing A Collection for Kids and Teens
by Rebecca Banasiak
Mondays: April 6 – May 18 (no class May 11)
4:00pm – 6:00pm for ages 9-12
6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 13-18
$125 + $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
In this class that combines artistic skills and museum collections, students will learn drawing techniques using natural history mounts and artifacts as subjects. Students will also take nature walks and gather items for their own collections.


The Art of Assemblage Using 3-D Design
by Kate Pszotka
Mondays: April 6 – June 1 (no class May 25)
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Using elements and principles of design of “found object art,” which is also known as Assemblage, participants will experience the process of creation from idea to sketch to completed sculpture. Materials for the first project are provided; the rest are the responsibility of the participants..


Digital Photography Fundamentals II
by Fred Drury
Mondays: April 13 – May 11
6:30pm – 9:30pm
$150 plus $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
This class builds on the foundations of Digital Photo Fundamentals I. Students will have additional opportunities to create images using your cameras creative modes, namely shutter priority, aperture priority and manual. Each week a new aspect of digital photography and its relationship to the computer will be addressed. In addition, participants will be challenged with new image-making assignments. Use this class to grow your photographic and related computer skills. Prerequisite: Digital Photo Fundamentals I or equivalent.


Adult Painting
By Madeline Shea
Mondays: April 20 – May 25
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 background are accepted.


Introduction to Drawing
By Madeline Shea
Tuesdays: April 21 – May 26
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.


Exploring Watercolor
By Ann Grill
Tuesdays: April 14 – June 9 (no class May 26)
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.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.


Landscaping With Native Plants
Tuesday, April 21
7:00 p.m.
Participants in this class will learn how to use native plants in landscape design plans. Topics will include visual arrangement, seasonal changes, categories of plants and their
needs, and assorted tips for success. This class is connected to the Native Plant Sale at Mayslake May 8-9.


Introduction to Nature Photography
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: Apr 28, 29, May 5 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trip Sessions: May 2 and 9 at 8 a.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Join Hank Erdmann, a professional photographer with over 40 years of nature and travel photography experience, for and introduction to the art of nature photography. Students will gain an understanding of their cameras, photographic principles, and post production techniques. Class sessions will alternate between lecture and critiques sessions in a classroom and field trips to take photographs. A DSLR or Mirrorless style camera is required.


Huffing and Puffing – The Railroad Era and Chicago
Tuesday, April 28
7:00 p.m.
Aided by then and now photos, join award-winning journalist and educator Jerome M. O’Connor, in an exploration of the age when railroads ruled American commerce.


Man Caves of Yesteryear
Tuesday, May 19
7:00 p.m.
“Man cave” may be a relatively new term, but the practice of having gendered spaces within homes is anything but new. Learn how gender-norms have influenced architecture from the Victorian Era to today and take a tour of Mayslake Peabody Estate’s very own “man cave” – a Turkish bath and billiards room open for the first time to the public!


The Music of Augusta Read Thomas
by Picosa
Wednesday, April 29
7:00 p.m.
$25 adults; $23 seniors. Audience members who bring a donation for Hesed House will receive a $5 rebate at the door. For a list of needed donation items, visit the Picosa website.
For tickets, call (630) 206-9566 or visit picosamusic.com
Enjoy multiple works by Chicago composer Augusta Read Thomas. Contrasting works to be presented include Joan Tower’s Petroushskates for flute, clarinet, violin, cello,and piano and Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and cello ensemble. A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered at 6:00 p.m. at 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