Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook

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The Mayslake Peabody Estate is an estate constructed as a country home for Francis Stuyvesant Peabody between 1919 and 1922. The estate is located in the western Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, United States, and is now part of the Mayslake Forest Preserve administered by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Originally encompassing an area of over 848 acres (3.4 km2), the estate now contains a total area of 87 acres (0.4 km2). The entire complex features the Tudor Revival style Mayslake Hall, its retreat wing, and the Portiuncula Chapel, a replica of the Chapel of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Approximately 22 acres (0.1 km2) of wetlands, lakes, restored prairies and two small oak savannas are included within the 87 acre (0.4 km2) territory.

On November 8, 1994, Mayslake Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Great play and a friendly atmosphere. The service was great the staff were very friendly v it was such an enjoyable evening.  more »
  • I grew-up in Berwyn hearing teens talk about going out and dodging crazy monks while looking for “Peabody’s Tomb.” The legend (in the day) was that if you got caught the monks would subject you all.....  more »
  • We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Mayslake Peabody Estate on August 11, 2019, and everything was absolutely PERFECT in every way! I had called a number of different venues when we were first deciding where to have the wedding. In my first conversation with Sherry Brookes, the Public Program Coordinator, I knew that Mayslake was the place for us! Sherry is very professional, organized, and friendly, and she made all of the planning stages easy and fun. She was always accessible and flexible in working with us. The list of vendors that Sherry gave us was very helpful in selecting a caterer for our reception, and we really appreciated Sherry’s expertise and helpful suggestions based on past weddings that had been held at Mayslake. We were initially planning to have an outdoor wedding, but several weeks before the ceremony, we decided to move the wedding inside. That was not a problem for Sherry and the Mayslake staff, and we even got a refund because the charge for an indoor wedding is less! Sherry made sure to be at the rehearsal so that every detail of the wedding and reception could be reviewed. The Mayslake staff graciously accommodated all of our requests and treated us like royalty! On the day of the wedding, everything was PERFECT! Many of our guests commented on what a beautiful and unique venue we had chosen. We had about 65 guests, and it felt like we had the mansion and grounds all to ourself! The library was beautiful for our wedding ceremony and for dancing during the reception. And the table set-up in the adjoining living room and dining room was lovely and intimate for the buffet meal. The lovely grounds outside provided many photo opportunities for us and for our guests. Our guests also enjoyed looking at the paintings in the art exhibit that was there. In addition to being a wonderful venue inside and out, the cost for Mayslake was cheaper than the other venues I called, and we had use of the venue for a longer time! My husband and I are so happy the we chose Mayslake Peabody Estate for our special day, and we highly recommend it for any event you may be planning!
  • We didn't see the estate itself which is only open on certain days. The grounds were nicely kept but not much more than a lawn with trees at the edges. I'm planning to come back to see the house and the chapel exterior is quite beautiful. Otherwise there's not a lot to see here.

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