Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

Upcoming Events:

 
When Art and Nature Meet
Daily through Oct. 23

Stroll through the grounds of the estate, and enjoy nature inspired installations created by professional artists and community groups to commemorate the Forest Preserve District’s first 100 years. Mayslake Preserve is open one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Exploring Watercolor
By Ann Grill
Tuesdays: September 1 – October 6
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your own personal style while enjoying the process of watercolor painting in this beautiful setting. The instructor will give individual help and mini-demos in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Adults only. $125 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.

The Stars of Tin Pan Alley
by Lil’ Rev
Tuesday, Sept. 1
7 p.m

Enjoy this highly engaging one-man show that celebrates American popular music by delving into the lost old world of writers, performers, publishers and song pluggers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This show is performed in period attire with historical memorabilia and features the songs, stories, poetry, and lore of Al Jolson, Fannie Brice, Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis and many more! Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566.

Parlor Talk
by Lisa Griffith and Natasha Mah
Saturday, Sept. 9
1 p.m.

Enjoy a classical voice recital featuring Lisa Griffith and collaborative artist Natasha Mah on piano. This program will feature the works of Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Bolcom cabaret songs, Poulanc and select Spanish songs. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $15 general; $12 senior and student. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566.

Interconnected: Music from Around the Globe
by Picosa
Friday, Sept. 11
7 p.m.

Picosa, a chamber ensemble for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano present music from around the world. Featured works will include music by Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Joaquin Turina, Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung, Polish composer Kzrysztof Penderecki and American composer Fred Onovewerosuoke. Additionally, composer-in-residence Jonathon Kirk will premiere his new work for flute and electronics based on Korean folk music. The program will close with Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg’s Kammersymphonie Opus 9, No. 1. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $25 general; $23 seniors; $10 college student; free for high school students and younger. $5 rebate off full-priced tickets with a donation to Hesed House. A list of needed donation items, visit the Picosa website, picosamusic.com. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566 or visit picosamusic.com.

Creative Art Journaling
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Sept. 14 – Oct. 26 (except Sept. 28)
Mondays 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Rescuing and recycling a hard cover book, students will utilize its structure; gluing pages together forming a sturdy substrate for self-expression with imagery and written words. This class promises to open doors to creative adventure by manipulating art materials with layering techniques in acrylics, pastels, watercolors, drawing, image transfers and collage. Students will learn how to carve their own stamps to use in their creative art journals ending with a rich platform to journal on. Adults only. $145 plus $5 supply fee per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story
presented by First Folio Theatre
Sept. 23 – Nov. 9
Wednesdays – Saturdays 8 p.m.
Sundays 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Back by popular demand, “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story” brings Poe’s macabre and melancholic tales and poems to life as audience members move from room to room in historic Mayslake Hall. Poe and his beloved wife, Virginia, will guide you through the mansion to experience such tales of madness as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” The last run was sold out, so get your tickets early! Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $22 – $39 per person. For tickets, call (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org.

Adult Painting
by Madeline Shea
Oct. 5 – Nov. 23
Mondays Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Learn about the basics of art including drawing, color mixing and color theory, elements of design, and composition. This noncompetitive, supportive environment allows creativity to flourish. Individual and group discussions occur as needed. All levels of art background are accepted. Adults only. $165 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.

Teen Open Studio
by Rebecca Banasiak
Oct. 5 – Dec. 7 (with a one-week break TBD)
Mondays 6 – 8 p.m.

This class is for intermediate and advanced students wishing to focus on drawing and painting skills while creating artwork to enhance their portfolios. Students will use pastels, colored
pencil, graphite, watercolor, charcoal, acrylic paint and other media. Ages 12 – 18. $190 plus $25 supply fee per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.

Digital Photography Fundamentals I
by Fred Drury
Oct. 19 – Nov. 16
Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Learn to use important features of today’s digital cameras, and in the process get introduced to the aesthetics of making pictures. Weekly shooting assignments will build upon one another and exercise your creative skills. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.

Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Oct. 20 – Dec. 8
Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your own personal style while enjoying the process of watercolor painting in this beautiful setting. The instructor will give individual help and mini-demos in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Adults only. $165 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.

Geocaching
Sunday, Oct. 25 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Come try this widely popular, high-tech treasure hunting activity using a GPS unit to discover hidden caches at Mayslake. Ages 6 and up; under 16 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 933-7248.

Lightroom I
by Fred Drury
Oct. 27 – Nov. 24
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Lightroom is a software program that combines digital asset management tools with image-optimization functionality. This class takes you through an introduction to the software, its library module and partway through its develop module. Demonstrations will use Lightroom 6, but anyone using Lightroom 4 or 5 will benefit fully. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. To register, call (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.
$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