Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

Exploring Watercolor Art Exhibit
July 28 – August 29
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy works by artists from Mayslake’s watercolor class. Free. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566.

Moths in the Moonlight
Friday, Sept. 2
9 – 11 p.m.

Discover the lives of moths and insects that work the night shift and ways to study them in your own yard. Then, enjoy s’mores around the fire. All ages; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Picosa
Sunday, Sept. 11
3 – 5 p.m.

Join this eclectic mixed-chamber ensemble for works by Haydn, Faure, Bach, Dvorak and American jazz composer Hersch. Then, stay for a delightful post-concert reception. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

Drawing and Painting for Adults
by Madeline Shea
Sept. 12 – Oct. 17
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.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Sept. 13 – Oct. 25 (except Oct. 11)
Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and enhance your own artistic style while painting in a beautiful setting at this six-part intermediate-advanced class on Tuesdays. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person per session. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Abstracts and Photo Impressionism
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: Sept. 13, 20 and 27
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: Sept. 17 and 24
8 – 11 a.m. Locations TBD at Sept. 13 class

Learn techniques to create abstract and impressionistic photos at this five-part class, which will cover contrast, pattern and texture; simplification and isolation; select and soft focus; multiple exposures; layering and montage; movement of image and camera; special effects software; and exposure and composition. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Friday, Sept. 16
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the cabaret-style show “The Great GaYmerican Songbook,” which pays homage to LGBT singersongwriters from Leonard Bernstein to Ricky Martin and many more. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $30 reserved seating ($35 at the door); $20 general admission ($25 at the door). Purchase tickets at cgmc.org.

Life as a Garden Gnome
by Jack MacRae
Tuesday, Sept. 20
7 – 8 p.m.

Discover the mythology, lore, and whimsy of garden gnomes through the eyes of Grunyon, a professional garden gnome. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Mayslake Gardens and Grounds Tour
Saturday, Sept. 24
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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Collage From Sketchbook to Canvas
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Sept. 29 – Nov. 10 (except Oct. 20)
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – Noon

At this six-part class on Thursdays, work in a sketchbook with magazines and explore the process of creating successful compositions. Then, learn collage techniques and move your sketches to watercolor paper and canvas. Ages 18 and up. $175 plus $10 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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“Dr. Seward’s Dracula”
presented by First Folio Theatre
Oct. 5 – Nov. 6
Sundays and Thursdays 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.
Plus Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29 4 p.m.

The Prince of Darkness is dead…or is he? Faced with explaining multiple dead bodies, can Dr. Seward convince the police of his own innocence? The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes of not only his own tale but also his own sanity. Come experience the legend of Dracula anew! Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $22 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Botanical Art: Fall Color and Texture
by Suzanne Wegener
Oct. 10 – Nov. 14
Mondays 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Botanical art starts with observation. At this six-part class on Mondays, learn how to record what you see in a sketchbook and then develop a finished piece in graphite or watercolor. Focus will be placed on the plants in the estate’s heritage garden and the surrounding preserve. Ages 18 and up. $130 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Myths and Legends
Thursday, Oct. 13
7 – 9 p.m.

Do bats really get caught in hair? Was there really a glass coffin hidden on Mayslake Peabody Estate holding the remains of the original owner? Enjoy s’mores and join the discussion around a campfire to discover the truth behind many misconceptions about native wildlife, and hear the origins of the myths and legends of the Mayslake Peabody Estate. All ages; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Introduction to Photo Composition
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: Oct. 13, 20 and 27
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: Oct. 15 and 22
Locations and times TBD at Oct. 13 class

Learn the basic tools of photographic composition and how to create the illusion of three-dimensionality, compose a photograph in the field and finish a composition at this five-part class. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Intro to Nature Photography
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: Oct. 22 and 29
8 – 11 a.m. Locations TBD at Oct. 18 class

Gain an understanding of natural light, basic computer skills and camera settings, exposure, depth-of-field and more at this five-part class. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Digital Photography I
by Fred Drury
Oct. 25 – Nov. 22
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Learn about the important features of digital cameras and the aesthetics of great images at this five-part class on Tuesdays. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person plus an additional $20 supply fee due on the first day of class. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Building a Photo Book
by Chris Aquino
Oct. 26 – Nov. 16
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

So you have hundreds of images. Now what? In this four-part class, students will be introduced to different print-on-demand services and techniques for creating a photo book including focusing the topic, selecting pictures, adding text, and the technical aspects needed to complete a project. Ages 18 and up. $120 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Mayslake Unseen Spaces Tour
Saturday, Oct. 29
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Explore the basement and archives of Mayslake Hall. Please note that visitors must use stairs. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. $15 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Intermediate Photo Composition 8294
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: Nov. 3, 10 and 17
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: Nov. 5 and 12
Locations and times TBD at Nov. 3 class

Explore curves, lines, circles and other power shapes; point and counterpoint contrasts; and ways to capture the decisive moment at this five-part class. Ages 18 and up. $150 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