Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 West 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Hours of Operation

Mayslake Peabody Estate is open to the public only during scheduled programs and events.

The surrounding Mayslake Forest Preserve is open daily from one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Programs and Events

For upcoming programs and events at Mayslake, visit the Calendar of Events.

Questions?

Call Mayslake Peabody Estate at (630) 206-9566, or e-mail mayslakepeabody@dupageforest.org.

 

Mayslake Peabody Estate

Visitors can experience the grandeur of Mayslake Hall by joining a restoration-in-progress tour or attending one of several educational and cultural programs that take place at the estate 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 hall magnified the medieval traditions of the early 16th-century English design that descended from the Tudors.

After his death in 1922, Peabody’s family sold the estate to the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, Order of Friars Minor, and the hall became a retreat house. Over time, the order began selling sections of the estate, selling its last remaining acres, including Mayslake Hall and a friary and chapel, to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in 1993.

Today, the Forest Preserve District is working to restore Mayslake Hall, now a registered national historic landmark, and to establish it as a cultural and educational center. The hall currently serves as a venue for architectural tours, lectures, and artistic performances, which take place throughout the year. Sections of the hall are also available on a limited basis for private functions; for rental information, contact the Mayslake Peabody Estate events coordinator at (630) 206-9569 or sbrookes@dupageforest.com.

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.

After Peabody’s death in 1922, his family commissioned the Franciscans to build the chapel on the south side of Mays’ Lake as a memorial to the late industrialist. The order moved the chapel to its current location in 1973.

The nondenominational chapel is available for weddings, baptisms, memorial services and other special ceremonies. For rental information, contact the Mayslake Peabody Estate events coordinator at (630) 206-9569 or sbrookes@dupageforest.com.

Education Programs

Mayslake Peabody Estate hosts special events throughout the year, including lectures on architecture, gardening, and photography and concerts by jazz and classical musicians. First Folio Theatre performs works by Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare and other playwrights as well.

“Restoration-in-Progress” tours take place on Saturdays at 9:30, 10, 11 and 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and are $5 per person. The tours outline important features of the hall’s architectural design and detail current efforts to restore the landmark building.

The estate also offers programs for teachers and their students that meet state curriculum standards. For more information about Mayslake's programs, call (630) 206-9566 or view the Teachers Guide

For Scouts and Scout Leaders

Learn more about opportunities for Scouts and other youth groups at Mayslake. For more information, view the Scouting Guide.

Francis Stuyvesant Peabody

In 1883 with a $100 investment, 24-year-old Francis Stuyvesant Peabody founded a small coal brokerage in Chicago and started selling coal to homes and businesses. Twenty years later, when coal was providing nearly 90 percent of the nation’s power, he signed his first long-term contract with a major electric company. His business practices made him one of the country’s wealthiest men and provided a lasting foundation for today’s Peabody Energy.

In 1919, Peabody commissioned renowned architect Benjamin Marshall to design a home for his 848-acre Mayslake Farms, which he named after his wife and his daughter, who were both named May. Work on the 39-room Mayslake Hall began that same year. But in 1922, not long after the hall’s completion, Peabody died of natural causes while hunting on the estate. (His coal company was worth an estimated $75 million at the time.)

Mayslake Development Plan

In November 2006, the Forest Preserve District’s Board of Commissioners approved a master plan for Mayslake Peabody Estate. The plan details restoration opportunities for Mayslake Hall and the establishment of a learning institute, which will provide a site for educational and cultural programming, professional development, and corporate retreats, meetings, and special events.

Today, the District is raising funds from individual and corporate benefactors to serve the purposes of the continued restoration, preservation and operation of Mayslake Peabody Estate. To learn more, contact the Mayslake education site manager at (630) 206-9568 or visit www.mayslakepeabody.com.

Volunteering

Mayslake Peabody Estate volunteers lead tours of the hall, share its story, assist with research and tend to the estate’s English heritage gardens. For more information, visit Mayslake Volunteers, or contact the Forest Preserve District’s Volunteer Services office at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.com.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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