Welcome to Mayslake Peabody Estate

Providing Cultural and Educational Opportunities in a Historic Setting

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Upcoming Events:

“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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Drawing and Painting for Adults
by Madeline Shea
Oct. 31 – Dec. 5
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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Intermediate Photo Composition
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.
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Photography Excursion: Fall Colors at Fullersburg Woods
Saturday, Nov. 5 8 – 10 a.m.

Bring your camera phone, point-and-shoot or SLR and join a photography instructor and Naturalist as you explore fall colors at Fullersburg Woods. Participants will learn about the nature in the preserve and gain useful tips to capture beautiful photographs. Ages 14 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Exploring Watercolor
by Ann Grill
Nov. 8 – Dec. 20
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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Near West Art Collective Exhibit and Sale
Nov. 9 – Dec. 8
Viewing Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy original paintings by members of the Near West Art Collective for their exhibit, “Inspired by Nature.” A “Meet the Artists” reception will take place on Wednesday, Nov.9 at 6:30 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call (630) 206-9566

The Early Show
Sunday, Nov. 13
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, DRiFT and the Forest Preserve District invite all fishing fans to Chicagoland’s only fly-fishing show! Sit with some of the area’s best fly tyers, who will demonstrate their talents tying a wide variety of fly patterns. Bring the kids for the free youth fly-tying program, and view bugs that fish eat under a high-powered microscope. Shop from select vendors, too. All ages. $10 per person at the door. Registration not required. For information, call (630) 206-9566.

Picosa
Saturday, Nov. 12
3 – 5 p.m.

Picosa presents music that ranges from ethereal to electric in this concert including works by Debussy, Yi, Gordon, and Vaughn Williams. After the concert, stay for a Meet the Musicians dessert reception! Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at picosamusic.com.

1916: A Year to Remember
by Janneke Fowers
Tuesday, Nov. 15
7 – 8 p.m.

What did people talk about at the dinner table a century ago? Learn what was happening in the arts, literature and entertainment during this slideshow talk. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at (630) 206-9566.
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Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, Nov. 17
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the artistry of Elizandro Garcia-Montoya and Stephen Alltop as they collaborate in a program of dazzling works for clarinet and piano. Listeners will enjoy Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, the “Three Preludes” of George Gershwin, and delightful Spanish and opera inspired pieces that will show the clarinet’s full expressive and virtuosic capabilities. Ages 10 and up; under 18
with an adult. $7 – $25 per person. Purchase tickets at elmhurstsymphony.org or (630) 941-0202.

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