Our Friends' Priority Projects

Help Restore a Historic Treasure

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation — advances the Forest Preserve District's vision through philanthropic endeavors.


Mayslake Courtyard Restoration

In 1919 coal baron Francis Stuyvesant Peabody commissioned renowned Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall to design a Tudor Revival-style mansion on his property west of Chicago. Today, the building stands as Mayslake Hall, part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and offers tours, lectures, concerts, art classes, exhibits, theatrical performances and space for private events throughout the year.


For the past 20 years the District has been working to restore the 39-room estate to its original grandeur, but there is much yet to be done. The District recently announced plans for the $500,000 restoration of the rear courtyard to address extensive deterioration. Grants and budgeted funds will support part of the work, but additional cooperative fundraising efforts will also be necessary. The Friends of the Forest Preserve District is joining these efforts by agreeing to raise $35,000 for the courtyard restoration, and your donation can help preserve this historic treasure for future generations to enjoy.

Your support may include:

  • Recognition in a Friends of the Forest Preserve District press release and/or e-newsletter article
  • Recognition in 38,500 copies of The Conservationist
  • Recognition on the Friends’ Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages
  • Recognition on the Friends website

Thank you for choosing to support the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County! If you wish to keep your donation anonymous, please inform Fundraising & Development at 630-933-7097 or fundraising@dupageforest.org.