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Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Mayslake Hall was built between 1919 and 1921 as the retirement home for Francis Stuyvesant Peabody, one of the nation’s largest coal producers. He was a national figure in Democratic politics, an avid sportsman, and a collector of original Robert Louis Stevenson manuscripts.

The mansion's architect, Benjamin H. Marshall, was acclaimed for his historical revival designs and for establishing an unmatched standard of excellence for Chicago’s most elegant apartment buildings and hotels, including the Drake, Blackstone, and Edgewater Beach.

The house is an outstanding example of Tudor Revival architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands as a rare surviving example of the magnificent country houses built in DuPage County during the period known as the American Gilded Age (1880-1920)

Today, the estate is one of the education centers of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. It is home to theatre and music performances, educational programs for all ages, lectures, tours, and a variety of special events. Mayslake Hall is also undergoing historic restoration with the ultimate goal of reviving its original grand condition. Docent-guided restoration in progress tours are available every Wednesday and Saturday morning throughout most of the year. Call 630-206-9566 for more details.

The surrounding Mayslake Forest Preserve encompasses 87 acres, including trails that meander past lakes and wetlands and through sections of restored prairie and a rare white oak savannah. The preserve also feetures a 4 acre off-leash dog park. Standing opposite of Mayslake Hall is the Portiuncula chapel, which is a replica of the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy. Besides serving as another point of architectural interest, the chapel hosts a variety of weddings, baptisms, memorial services, and other events throughout the year.
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  • Beautiful place to get married! In a wedding last weekend. Not too professional with telling the bride "bad news" rather then finding someone else involved in the wedding, and giving them the info  more »
  • I have been here for several plays with the First Folio Theater and also taken a tour of the mansion. They are in the midst of a restoration now. I went to see Captain Blood yesterday and could see so...  more »
  • This estate is easy to get to and offers a peek into a different era. Check out the plays and concerts performed at Mayslake Peabody Estate. In autumn, around Halloween, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe...  more »
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  • Every other year, in the spring, usually in April, they host an art exhibition that includes the best artwork of 13 or more area art league's. This year is no exception, the artwork shown in the gallery is excellent! This artwork exhibition is called The Alliance of Fine Art "Best of the Best" exhibition. They host many other wonderful functions, but the best of the best exhibition is the one that I love most. The estate building is of the restored Tudor Revival style. It was commissioned by Francis Stuyvesant Peabody and is currently owned by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
  • This place is just beautiful! Wonderful tribute to beautiful architecture that is not possible in this day and age. Dupage Forest Preserve should be commended for preserving this Chicago landmark.
  • Getting married in November and sherry helped us plan out our ceremony. The place is beautiful and she answered all of our questions. Can't wait to get married here!
  • True historic place to see. So much activities and sceneries to offer.
  • This is a real nice place it is historical and has beautiful grounds to walk about and it has a small church. they offer various entertainment. it is part of DuPage forest persevere. Check OUT their website.