Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

 

Downers Grove Art League Exhibit
April 27 – Jun. 3
Mondays – Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy an exhibit featuring artwork by members of the Downers Grove Art League. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
June 7 – July 12
Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 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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Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibit
June 8 – July 15
Mondays – Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy works by members of the Chicago chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. A free opening reception will take place on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Chicago’s Greatest Disasters
by Michael McCann
Thursday, June 9
1 – 3 p.m.

Learn about the true “Devil in the White City,” the Iroquois Theater fire, the Eastland tragedy and other disasters that inspired ghost stories and drove the history of the Windy City. Ages 18 and up. $29 per person; $19 ages 55 and up. Register (630) 206-9566.
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Fishing 101 for Families
Friday, June 10
5 – 7 p.m.

Learn fish ecology and identification as well as techniques and regulations. Ages 6 and up; under 16 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 933-7248.
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Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Thursday, June 16
7:30 – 9:30 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. $18 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 206-9566.
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Navigation: Geocaching
Saturday, June 18
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Try a family-friendly treasure-hunting activity using a GPS unit to discover hidden caches. Equipment provided. Ages 6 and up; under 16 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at dupageforest(630) 933-7248.
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Girls Write Program
by Carmela Martino
Girls Write! (ages 9 – 11): June 20 – 24
Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – Noon
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Girls Write On! (ages 12 – 14): July 18 – 22
Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – Noon
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Explore different writing techniques at these girls-only, five-day camps designed to empower and affirm budding young authors. Ages 9 – 14. $130 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Ranger Adventure Camp
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
June 20 – 24, June 27 – July 1, July 11 – 15,
July 18 – 22, July 25 – 29, Aug. 1 – 5

Find out about life as a ranger as you develop archery, fishing, paddling and wilderness-survival skills at this five day camp. Ages 9 – 12. $250 per DuPage County resident; $290 per nonresident. Register at (630) 933-7248.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
presented by First Folio Theatre
July 6 – Aug. 14
Wednesdays – Sundays 8:15 p.m.

Experience the joy as the mischievous Puck turns the world upside down for a quartet of lovers, not to mention the crazed Bottom. Laugh as they’re driven to wild antics in the forest as you relax outside in one of the area’s premier forest preserves. All ages; under 16 with an adult. $10 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Use of Light in Photography
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: July 7, 14 and 21
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: July 9 and 16
Locations and times TBD at July 7 class

Learn how to use natural light, sunrise, sunset, overcast days, side and backlighting, at this five-part class. Locations and times for July 9 and 16 TBD. Ages 18 and up. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Drawing and Painting for Adults
by Madeline Shea
July 11 – Aug. 15
Mondays Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Learn drawing skills and use them to create paintings at this six-part class on Mondays. You’ll receive a supply list when you register. Adults only. $125 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Lightroom I
by Fred Drury
July 12 – Aug. 9
Tuesdays 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 Tuesdays. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Photoshop I
by Fred Drury
July 14 – Aug. 11
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Discover how to evaluate and optimize digital images at this five-part class on Thursdays. 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.
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Discover Mayslake
Saturday, July 23
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sample some of the great experiences Mayslake Peabody Estate will be offering in the coming year. 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 much more! All ages; under 14 with an adult. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Sinfonietta Bel Canto Concert Series
Through a series of three beautiful and unique vocal performances, learn about the musicology, history and significance of various composers, works and styles. Come to one, two or all three performances! Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $7 – $18 per person per concert or $45 per person for the series. Purchase tickets at (630) 384-5007.

    Music of Spain: Sor and de Falla
    Tuesday, July 19
    7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

    Be transported to the Mediterranean as you enjoy an
    evening of classical Spanish flamenco music and dance.

    American Classics
    Tuesday, July 26
    7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

    A delightful assortment of American classic songs by Cole
    Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome
    Kern and other composers make this a must-see concert!

    “Die Gartnerin aus Liebe”
    Tuesday, Aug. 2
    7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

    Accompanied by piano, singers will present an abridged
    one-act version of Mozart’s opera, “Die Gartnerin aus
    Liebe.” English subtitles will be projected for audience
    members to understand the German lyrics.

Mayslake Hall Franciscan Era Tour
Saturday, July 30
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. Hear how they changed the building and the tales of “Mad Monks” who chased curious visitors from the property. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at dupageforest.org or (630) 206-9566.

Exploring Watercolor Art Exhibit
July 27 – Aug. 29
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy works by artists from Mayslake’s watercolor class, and join us for a special reception Monday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Landscape in Nature
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: August 4, 11 and 18
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: August 6 and 13
Locations and times TBD at August 4 class

Learn how to use your camera to capture grand and intimate landscapes at this five-part class, which will cover the history of natural landscape photography, exposure settings and more. Ages 18 and up. To register call (630) 206-9566.
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Teen Studio Camp
by Rebecca Banasiak
Aug. 8 – 12, Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Using pastels, graphite, watercolor, charcoal, acrylic paint and other media, intermediate and advanced students will focus on drawing and painting skills while creating artwork to
enhance portfolios at this intensive five-day camp. Ages 12 – 18. $250 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
Aug. 16 – September 13
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Learn to integrate Lightroom with Photoshop at this five part class on Tuesdays. Lightroom I or equivalent required. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Photoshop II
by Fred Drury
Aug. 18 – Sep. 15
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Explore color management and its effects on image editing at this five-part class on Thursdays. 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.
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Abstracts and Photo Impressionism
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: September 13, 20 and 27
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: September 17 and 24
Locations and times TBD at September 13 class

Learn to create photographic abstracts at this five-part class by using contrast, multiple exposures, special-effects software and more. Ages 18 and up. To register call (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