Mayslake Peabody Estate

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Reclaimed Beauty
An Outdoor Installation Exhibit Exploring the Effects of Consumables and Waste on the Natural World

Submit a proposal to display your artwork featuring reclaimed or recycled materials by March 5, 2019 at Mayslake Peabody Estate.
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Mayslake Peabody Estate

Mayslake Peabody Estate at Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook is a thriving community space for people to connect to nature and one another through art, culture and history. Visitors can experience the grandeur of Mayslake Hall at one of several art, history and cultural programs offered throughout the year.

 

Mayslake Hall

In 1919 Francis Stuyvesant Peabody commissioned renowned Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall to design the Tudor Revival-style mansion known today as Mayslake Hall. The style reaches back to England’s Tudor period as a revival of the timber-frame buildings popular at that time.

After his death in 1922 Peabody’s family sold the 840-acre estate to the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, order of Friars Minor, in 1926. The hall became a retreat house, and the order sold sections of the estate over time. The last 89 acres including Mayslake Hall and the Portiuncula Chapel was sold to the Forest Preserve District in 1993.

Today, the Forest Preserve District is working to restore Mayslake Hall, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hall currently serves as a venue for architectural tours, lectures, nature related art classes and performances throughout the year. 

Sections of the hall are available to host an event

 

Portiuncula Chapel

The Portiuncula Chapel is a replica of the original in Assisi, Italy, which is named for the “little portion” of land where St. Francis of Assisi received his call to serve the poor. The front features a colorful stone mosaic.

After Peabody’s death, his family commissioned the Franciscans to build the chapel as a memorial to the late industrialist in 1926. The order moved the chapel to its current location in 1973.

The  chapel is available to host an event, including weddings, baptisms, memorial services and other special ceremonies.  

 

Driving Directions

The main entrance is at 1717 West 31st Street in Oak Brook.

Nature Art & Performances

Mayslake Peabody Estate hosts nature-inspired art classes and exhibits, lectures about architecture, culture and history, and concerts by jazz and classical musicians. First Folio Theatre performs outdoors in the summer and indoors over other seasons. 

 

Restoration

Restoration-in-Progress Tours
Learn about the past — and future — of this historic 1920s Tudor Revival-style mansion. These 75- to 90-minute tours include stairs. All ages; under 18 with an adult. $8 per person. No reservations but for groups of eight or more. Questions? Call 630-206-9588

Wednesdays 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Saturdays 9:30, 10, 11 & 11:30 a.m.
No tours Dec. 8 – Jan. 5

Mayslake Hall is being restored to meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation to preserve our shared heritage. 

Our Friends of the Forest Preserve District appreciate your donations to restore Mayslake Hall's staircase and other projects.

Donate: Priority Project

 

Art Exhibits

All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.

Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club
Sept. 26 – Nov. 5

FotoMuses' The Four Seasons
Nov. 7 – Dec. 4

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Our Mayslake Peabody Estate offers programs and tours year-round. Sign up today!
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