Last updated: 5/25/2011
Oak Brook, Illinois
Street Address
1717 W 31st St
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Mailing Address
1717 W 31st St
Oak Brook, IL 60523
phone: 630-850-2363
web: www.mayslakepeabody.com
Hours
Wednesday: 11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.
Docent-guided Restoration in Progress tours are being held.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. / 10 a.m. / 11 a.m. / 11:30 a.m
Docent-guided Restoration in Progress tours are being held.
Admissions
Cost $5 per person
Year-round with the exception of major holidays and mid-December through mid-January
No reservations needed
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Alex Vervynck, Events Coordinator
phone: 630-850-2363
Janneke Fowers, Heritage Interpreter
Description

Mayslake Peabody Estate is part of Mayslake Forest Preserve. The preserve, once home to Potawatomi Indians, encompasses 88 acres of natural resources. The rolling landscape includes 22 acres of wetlands, lakes, restored prairie, and two small oak savannas–one of the region’s most endangered ecosystems. It is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and serves as one of its five education centers.

History

The mansion was built between 1919 and 1921 as the retirement home for Francis Stuyvesant Peabody, a coal baron and national figure in Democratic politics. The house was designed by renowned Chicago architect Benjamin H. Marshall. After Mr. Peabody’s death in 1922, his heirs sold the estate to the Order of Friars Minor. The Franciscans used it as a retreat for 70 years. Thanks to a coalition of citizens, historic preservation, and open-space advocates, the estate was saved from demolition. The DuPage County Forest Preserve purchased the property after a public referendum in 1993.

Under restoration, the historic mansion is open to the plublic, giving vistors the opportunity to witness its progression. Besides tours, we offer theatrical performances, cultural events, and educational programs. The chapel, grounds, and house are also available for rental on a limited basis.

Educational Programs

Private Group Tours • Private tours of Mayslake Hall are available outside regular tour times for groups of 8 or more. • To schedule your private group tour, please call (630) 206-9566 • Cost $5 per person.

School Groups and Scouts We offer tour programs for school groups that meet many of the Illinois State Learning Standards (Grade 3- 12). In addition, we welcome older Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups. We offer several programs that are age appropriate, and all include a number of hands-on activities and have a focus on architecture.

• Cost $5 per person • For more information on the different programs or to book one for your class or scout group, please call (630) 206-9567

Publications

4 times a year we have a news letter

  • Mayslake Messenger
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