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.

Fashion Forward
by Denise Stehman
Tuesday, May 10
7 – 8 p.m.

Hear how societal changes, world events and cross-cultural influences in the early 20th century altered fashion during a presentation enriched with displays of period clothing. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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House History
by Rose Lehne
Thursday, May 12
1 – 3 p.m.

Learn how to search through local records for details on an important piece of your family history: your family home. Adults only. $29 per person; $19 ages 55 and up. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Intermediate Photo Composition
by Willard Clay
Classroom Sessions: May 12, 19 and 26
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Field Trips: May 14 and 21
Locations and times TBD at May 12 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. Adults only. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Music at Mayslake:
Picosa
Thursday, May 19
7 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy modern and classical chamber music, from clarinet and flute performances that bring the sounds of birds to the stage to works by Mozart and Debussy for violin and cello. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

Digital Photography Fundamentals II
by Fred Drury
May 24 – Jun. 21
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Each week, address a new aspect of digital photography and its relationship to the computer and create images using your camera’s creative modes: shutter priority, aperture priority and manual. Prerequisite: Digital Photo Fundamentals I or equivalent. Adults only. $150 plus $20 supply fee. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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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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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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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
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 dupageforest.org or (630) 933-7248.

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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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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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