Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

Upcoming Events:

Holiday Market
Saturday, December 12: 11 AM- 6 PM
Sunday, December 13: 10 AM-4 PM

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Find unique holiday gifts for friends and family from a wide variety of quality artisan goods. Part of the proceeds will benefit the next restoration project at Mayslake Hall. Free admission.

DuPage through the Artist’s Eye
Tuesday November 3 – Wednesday December 9
Mon-Fri 9am-3pm/Sat 9am-1pm

Enjoy works of art inspired by the natural and historic resources protected by the Forest Preserve of DuPage County in its 100 years of existence. A free closing reception will take place on Wednesday, December 9 from 6-8 PM. Free admission

Intermediate Photographic Composition
by Willard Clay
Thursdays, December 3-17 @ Mayslake Peabody Estate
Saturdays, 5, 12 @ field trip locations
Thursdays: 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Saturdays: Time TBD on first night of class
This class builds upon the composition concepts developed in Introduction to Photographic Composition. The ideas of power shapes, point and counterpoint contrasts, and capturing the “decisive moment” will be explored. The class will consist of a formal presentation, field trips to photograph, and critique sessions of assignments. Adults. $150. To register, call (630) 206-9566.
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Acappellago: Escape to…A New Beginning
Saturday, December 5
7:30 PM

Join Acappellago, an a cappella chamber choir, for their holiday concert. Works will include “A Nyew Werk” by Ireland’s award winning composer, Sean Doherty, and pieces written especially for Acappellago by our new composer friends, Dale Trumbore and Matthew Orlovich. $17 for adults, $15 for seniors/students. Ages 10 and up with an adult. To purchase tickets, call (708) 484-3797 or visit www.acappellago.org

Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Tuesday, December 8
7:30 PM

Join us for a night of jazz and merriment as the Elmhurst College Jazz Band performs holiday favorites! $25 cabaret seating / $20 general admission / $18 seniors, students & groups of 6 or more. 10 and up with an adult. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566. A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered at 6:30 p.m. at an additional $5 per person.
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Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
December 15 – January 12
Tuesdays: 6:30-9:30 PM

This class continues from Lightroom I and demonstrates techniques for integrating Lightroom with Photoshop. Prerequisite: Lightroom I or equivalent. Adults. $150 plus $20 supply fee. To register, call 630-206-9566
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Collage and Assemblage Boxes
by Laura Lein-Svencner
January 11 – February 8
Mondays: 9 – 11:30 AM

Dig out those old photos, found papers and junk drawer objects from the past. This class invites new life and inspiration to build a piece of art like the famous artist Joseph Cornell. Students will learn about making collage papers, the art of tacking them to the watercolor surface. Combined with preparation and mounting their collages in wood panel with the use of acrylics, mixed media, glue, nails and other hardware. Adults. $165 plus $20 supply fee. To register, call 630-206-9566.

Intro to Nature Photography
Jan 12, 19, 26 at Mayslake, 7 – 10 p.m.
Jan 16, 23 Field Trip Locations

Gain an understanding of natural light, basic computer skills and camera settings, exposure, depth-of-field and more at this five-part class. Adults only. $150 per person. To register call (630)206-9566.

Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
January 12 – February 16
Tuesdays: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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. $125. To register, call 630-206-9566.

Digital Photography Fundamentals I
by Fred Drury
January 13 – February 10
Wednesdays: 6:30-9:30 PM

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. $150 plus $20 supply fee. To register, call 630-206-9566.

Illinois Watercolor Society Exhibit
Wednesday, January 13 – Tuesday, March 1
Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Enjoy viewing beautiful artwork by the members of the Illinois Watercolor Society. Free admission.

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra: International Baroque
Saturday, January 16
2:30 PM 

Members of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will delight your ears with their concert, “International Baroque.” The concert features a pan-European offering of Baroque gems including Vivaldi’ s Concerto for Two Oboes in C, Telemann’s Concerto for Two Flutes in A minor, Biber’s incomparable Battaglia, and glorious works from the French Baroque.  Rameau’s heroic ballet music Les Andes Galants and Lully’s Overture to Roland exemplify the regal majesty of Baroque music at its highest, complete with trumpets and drums! Ages 10 and up with an adult. Adult $25 / Senior $23 / Students $7. For tickets call, (630) 941-0202 or visit www.elmhurstsymphony.org

Photoshop l
by Fred Drury
January 19 – February 16
Tuesdays: 6:30 – 9:30 PM

This is the first of two Photoshop classes which are intended to help you master the essentials of optimizing digital images.  You will learn how to evaluate images both subjectively and objectively; how color is measured and interpreted.  You will learn the three fundamental rules of image optimization.  You will learn to use the most effective tools for color correction; procedures for selective dodge and burn, and image sharpening.  This course teaches you the fundamentals of a working photographer’s practical digital workflow, and prepares you for the second course in the series.  Users of Photoshop CS5 or later will gain full value from this class. Adults. $150 plus $20 supply fee. To register call, (630) 206-9566
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The Story of Potawatomi
Jan 19 – Feb 4, 10 a.m. – Noon

Learn about the tremendous influence the Potawatomi had on the settlement of Chicago and the Midwest, and take an in depth look at this remarkable culture from prehistoric through modern times during this six-part program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Adults only. $149 per person; $109 ages 55 and up. To register call (630) 206-9566.

Great Beginnings:  How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages
by Carmela Martino
Saturday, January 30
1:00-3:30 PM

There’s a great deal riding on the opening paragraphs of any piece of writing, whether it’s a picture book, novel, short story, or nonfiction work. In this workshop, author Carmela Martino will explain the concept of the “implicit promise” and why it’s so important to hooking readers. Using examples from fiction and non-fiction, and from picture books to adult novels, she’ll also discuss the four key elements of intriguing openings.  Students may bring the first page (up to 200 words) of a manuscript with the title and genre printed at the top. If time permits, a few randomly-chosen first pages will be critiqued at the end of the session. Adults. $30 per person.

First Folio Presents: Jeeves at Sea
January 27 – February 28
Wednesday – Sunday

On board a yacht anchored in Monte Carlo, the feather-brained Bertie Wooster finds himself once more in the soup, caught between the romantic intentions of both the mischievous Lady Stella and the stern Miss Minerva. Throw in twin brothers Percy and Alfred Crumpworth, and you have a predicament that may stump even the redoubtable Jeeves. Ages 14 and up. $22 – $39. For the show schedule and tickets call, (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org

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