Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting


Upcoming Events:


Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Tuesdays: September 2 – October 7
10:00am – 12:30pm
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Explore and enhance your own artistic style while painting in this beautiful setting. The instructor will give individual help and mini-demos in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Teen Open Art Studio
by Rebecca Banasiak
Mondays: September 8 – September 29 (no class July 14)
6:00pm – 8:00pm
$80+ $5 supply fee
($60 when your child also takes “Drawing a Collection”)
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
This class, exclusively for intermediate and advanced students, will improve their drawing skills through media including pastels, colored pencil, graphite, and more.Students will work from various photographs and still lifes to create a body of art work.


Abstract Landscapes through Collage
By Laura Lein-Svencner
Mondays: September 15 – November 3
9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.
$165 + $15 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Taking inspiration from our environment while working with the basic design principles, students will create unique abstract landscapes with their own individual collage papers in this 8-week course.


Golf, A Short Course on a Long History
by Peter Longo
Tuesday, September 16
Join Peter Longo, PGA trick-shot artist, WGN-TV personality, golf historian and humorist, to learn about the history of golf at this fun and educational lecture. $5 per person. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566.


Mayslake Solo Exhibit Featuring Judith Barath
September 17 – October 31
Viewing hours: Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy the works and photographs of Judith Barath, a contemporary Oak Brook fine artist inspired by nature. Free.


Mayslake Forest Preserve at Night
Thursday, September 25
7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m..
Experience nighttime sights and sounds while exploring the woods, lakeshore and grounds around Mayslake Hall. Ages 6 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 206-9581.


First Folio presents:
The Gravedigger
Wednesdays – Sundays, October 1 – November 2
$22 – $39
For tickets call (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org
In one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. Thus begins a harrowing journey as the men discover their shared past with its gruesome and deadly secrets.


Drawing A Collection
by Rebecca Banasiak
Mondays: October 6 – December 8 (no class November 10 & 17)
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
In this class that combines artistic skills and museum collections, you will learn drawing techniques using natural history mounts and artifacts as your subjects. You will also work to create your own collection as inspiration and subject matters for your art.


The Art of Assemblage Using 3-D Design
by Kate Pszotka
Mondays: October 6 – November 10
1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Using elements and principles of design of “found object art,” which is also known as Assemblage, this class will examine the context of objects, materiality and making new connections through sculpture. Participants will experience the process of creation from idea to sketch to completed sculpture. Sessions will feature discussions on materials and techniques; slide presentations that provide added background, context and art history; and time to make individual and group work. Materials for the first project are provided; the rest are the responsibility of the participants.


Adult Studio Painting
By Madeline Shea
Mondays: October 20 – November 24
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 backgrounds are accepted.


Introduction to Drawing
By Madeline Shea
Tuesdays: October 21 – November 25
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.


Surviving Titanic
by Leslie Goddard
Saturday, October 25
1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.
$10 per person
For tickets, call (630) 206-9566
Stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the sinking of the Britannic during World War I. Join historian Leslie Goddard as she portrays Violet Jessop and tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the striking viewpoint of a crew member while offering a fascinating glimpse of life behind the scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day.


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