Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

Forest Preserve District Employee and
Volunteer Exhibit: Blizzards and Beauty
Jan. 11 – Feb. 24
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy winter-themed works of art by the talented people who keep the Forest Preserve District running. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566

Lightroom I
by Fred Drury
Jan. 26 – Feb. 23
Thursdays 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 Thursdays. Ages 18 and up. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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“Captain Blood!”
presented by First Folio Theatre
Jan. 25 – Feb. 26
Sundays and Thursdays: 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 8 p.m.
Plus Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25: 4 p.m.

Unjustly sentenced to slavery on a Caribbean island, the bold Dr. Peter Blood falls in love with the lady of the plantation, the lovely Arabella Bishop. When Blood escapes and takes up the life of a pirate, it appears fate has separated them forever — or has it? Filled with sword fights and pirate battles, love and treachery, and even a song or two, this adventure is perfect for the whole crew! Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $22 – $39 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.

Wonders of Winter
Saturday, Feb. 4
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Go on a horse-drawn hayride, take a nature hike, and try ice fishing, geocaching, snowshoeing, and other ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Then, warm up inside Mayslake Hall with fun activities and helpful facts about forest preserve plants, animals and programs from our rangers, naturalists and volunteers. All ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 933-7248.

Photography Excursion: Winter Delights
at St. James Farm
Sunday, Feb. 5
9 – 11 a.m.

Bring your camera phone, point-and-shoot or SLR on a winter walk with a photography instructor and a tour guide from St. James Farm. Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Botanical Art: Hibernating Nature
by Suzanne Wegener
Feb. 6 – Mar. 13
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. – Noon

At this six-part class on Mondays, learn how to record observations in a sketchbook and develop a finished piece in graphite or watercolor as you focus on the heritage garden and surrounding forest preserve. Ages 18 and up. $130 plus $10 supply fee per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Inspiring Images
by Chris Aquino and Willard Clay
Feb. 6 – Mar. 6
Mondays: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

At this five-part class on Mondays, go beyond the technical aspects of photography and explore the complex ways photographers choose what to shoot and ideas for linking experiences and preferences with your own images. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Winter Photography
by Hank Erdmann
Classroom Sessions: Feb. 7, 14 and 21
7 – 10 p.m.
Field Trips: Feb. 11 and 18
8 – 11 a.m. Locations TBD at Feb. 7 class

Learn how to dress yourself and your camera for winter and how to best capture the beauty of the season at this five-part class. Ages 18 and up. $150 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Cocoa and Coloring
Saturday, Feb. 18
1 – 3 p.m.

Break free of cabin fever and spend the afternoon coloring while you enjoy hot cocoa. Coloring pages, markers, colored pencils, crayons and cocoa are provided. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Feb. 28 – Apr. 4
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-advances class on Tuesdays. Ages 18 and up. $125 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Alliance of Fine Art “Best of the Best” Exhibit
Mar. 1 – Apr. 30
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Alliance of Fine Arts presents its annual exhibition of local artists who have distinguished themselves over the past year in the local art guilds. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566

Picosa
Saturday, Mar. 4
3 – 5 p.m.

Join Picosa for a concert of masterworks by Mansurian, Kim, Kirk, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Ran, and stay for the delightful “Meet the Musicians” gourmet dessert reception. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $0 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

Thresholds: A Magic Show
Mar. 8 – 11
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.
Thursday 3 p.m.

Join contemporary illusionist Jeanette Andrews and experience an unforgettable show that shatters the mold of traditional magic performances. Illusions for all five senses will take place throughout the historic Mayslake Hall. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Purchase tickets at (630) 206-9566.
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Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
Mar. 16 – Apr. 13
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Continue work with Lightroom’s Develop module as you learn how to integrate Lightroom with Photoshop. 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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Acappellago
Saturday, Mar. 18
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

From a bevy of swans to a watch of nightingales, this chamber choir’s “Escape to … Birdland” is a bird-lover’s delight! Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $12 – $15 per person. Purchase tickets at acappellago.org.

Mayslake Hall Engineering Tour
Saturday, Mar. 25
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Explore the mansion and learn about the structural, mechanical and electrical innovations used in its construction. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. $15 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