Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting


In honor of the 2015 centennial celebrations of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Mayslake Peabody Estate announces a call to artists for When Art & Nature Meet, an outdoor installation exhibit that explores the juxtaposition of art and nature.
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Upcoming Events:


Nature Artists’ Guild of the Morton Arboretum Exhibit
January 13 – February 28
Viewing hours:
Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy beautiful works of art by the members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. Free.


Drawing A Collection for Kids and Teens
by Rebecca Banasiak
Mondays: January 26 – March 23 (no class Feb 16)
4:00pm – 6:00pm for ages 9-12
6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 13-18
$165 + $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
In this class that combines artistic skills and museum collections, students will learn drawing techniques using natural history mounts and artifacts as subjects. Students will also take nature walks and gather items for their own collections.


Lightroom I
by Fred Drury
Tuesdays: January 27 – March 24
6:30pm – 9:30pm
$150 plus $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Lightroom is a software program that combines digital asset management tools with image-optimization functionality. This class takes you through an introduction to the software, its Library module and partway through its Develop module. Lightroom 5 will be used for demonstrations; however anyone using Lightroom 4 will gain full value from the class.


“Laughter of the 23rd Floor”
presented by First Folio Theatre
January 28 – March 1
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00p.m.
Sundays at 3:00p.m.
For tickets call (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org
Neil Simon’s hilarious reminiscence of his days with the Sid Caesar show catapults us into the world of 1950’s comic maniacs. As they scramble to top each other’s gags, they also struggle to deal with the rise of the commie-hunting McCarthyism in America and the changing whims of their NBC bosses, bent on making these irrepressible madmen something they can never be – normal and respectable.


Growing Up WILD
Saturday, January 31
9:00a.m. – Noon
$25 includes book and supplies
Reservations: (630) 206-9586 or click here to print the reservation form
Growing up WILD workshops are designed for educators or anyone who works with children aged 3-7. Learn to build on children’s sense of wonder about nature, and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Participants will explore activities from the Growing Up WILD guide and receive their own copy. A certificate indicating professional development training will be issued to participants.


Wonders of Winter
Saturday, February 7
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Discover the Wonders of Winter with your family! Enjoy free activities, including ice fishing, horse drawn wagon rides, ice cutting, geocaching, snowshoeing, and much, much more. Nature will be on display and we will also have a variety of games and small treats for everyone, including indoor activities for when you need to warm up.


Reading and Tracking
by Carl Strang
Classroom Sessions: February 9 – March 16
Mondays 5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Field Sessions: February 14 – March 21
Saturdays 8:30a.m. – Noon
$300 (plus optional $300 for graduate credit from Aurora University)
Reservations: (630) 930-7208
Tracking is the decoding of present-moment clues to past events. Reading can be regarded as the decoding of present-moment records of a person’s past thoughts. This course will explore parallels between the structure and meanings found in written language and those in footprints and other objects of natural history.


Introduction to Relief Printmaking
By Kendra Strubhart
Wednesdays: February 11 – March 8
9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m..
$125 plus $10 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Learn the basics of relief printing using linoleum to create hand-printed works of art. Students will gain a better understanding of printmaking techniques and history while enhancing their composition skills.


The Artist’s Way
by Laura Lein-Svencner
Mondays: February 23 – June 1 (no class May 18 or May 25)
9:00am – 11:30am
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
The Artist’s Way has helped millions of people around the world discover and recover their creativity. This 13-week course will help you experience more creativity in your life through writing, cooking, gardening, drawing, poetry, or any other creative outlet you can think of. Some small project may blossom as we meet each week and share our discoveries. Bring the book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, a note book and pen. If you can’t make it to every week you can catch up at home and share the next week.


Adult Studio Painting
By Madeline Shea
Mondays: February 23 – March 30
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: February 24 – March 31
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.


Climb Your Family Tree
by Rose Lehne
Thursday, March 5
1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
$29 Adults / $19 Seniors (55+)
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Learn to search genealogical records. Online and paper sources will be explored with local expert, Rose Lehne, who has been researching her own family history for more than 15 years.


Digital Photography Fundamentals I
by Fred Drury
Mondays: March 5 – April 2
6:30pm – 9:30pm
$150 plus $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Learn to use important features of today’s digital cameras,and in the process get introduced to the esthetics of making pictures. Weekly shooting assignments will build upon one another and exercise your creative skills.


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, March 7
$35 VIP table seating / $25 general admission
For tickets visit www.cgmc.org
Join the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for a Winter Cabaret! Members of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus will bring you songs of love and longing to warm your heart.


Lightroom II
by Fred Drury
Tuesdays: March 10 – April 7
6:30pm – 9:30pm
$150 plus $20 supply fee
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
This class continues from Lightroom I. The class also demonstrates techniques for integrating Lightroom with Photoshop. Prerequisite: Lightroom I or equivalent. Lightroom 5 will be used for demonstrations; however anyone using Lightroom 4 will gain full value from the class.


AFA Best of the Best Exhibit, 2015
March 10 – April 24
Viewing hours:
Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
The Alliance of Fine Arts presents their annual exhibition of local artists that have distinguished themselves over the past year in the local art guilds. Free.


Saturday, March 14
$17 general / $15 seniors and students
For tickets call (708) 484-3797 ext2 or visit www.acappellago.org
Acappellago, presents Escape to…Where the River meets the Sea.


Flying WILD Workshop
Saturday, March 14
9:00a.m. – Noon
$25 includes book and supplies
Reservations: (630) 206-9586
Flying WILD workshops are designed for anyone who wants to inspire children with interactive activities and service-learning projects about birds and their habitats. Each participant will receive a copy of Flying WILD: An Educator’s guide to Celebrating birds, an opportunity to experience activities in the guide, and a certificate indicating professional development training. One the Forest Preserve’s live education raptors will be present at this workshop.


The Gift of Story: Capturing and Preserving Family Memories
by Candace George Thompson
Tuesday, March 31
7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
$10 per person
Reservations: (630) 206-9566
Mayslake Peabody Estate welcomes Candace George Thompson, author of the award-winning family saga, “Still Having Fun, a Portrait a Military Marriage”, as she shares easy ways to capture family memories. Leave this workshop with concrete ideas and resources for engaging your entire family.


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