Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
90
Location
1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Trails
1 Miles
Features
Drinking Water
Parking
Portable Washrooms
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Prairie/
Grassland
Wetland
Woodland
Activities
Bicycling Event Venues Fishing Hiking Off-Leash Dog Areas Picnicking Wildlife Watching
 

Mayslake

Wealthy coal magnate Francis Stuyvesant Peabody created the Mayslake Estate in 1919, and the property was taken over by the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1924. Currently, the preserve contains several historic buildings including Mayslake Hall and the Portiuncula Chapel; acres of lakes and ponds; a restored prairie; marsh; and a restored savanna. There are also beautiful flower and herb gardens surrounding the mansion and chapel.

Education

Education Center

Mayslake Peabody Estate is one of the District’s five education centers dedicated to providing learning experiences for people of all ages. Tour programs are available for school and other groups that meet many of the Illinois State Learning Standards (Grade 3-12). Mayslake Hall offers a wealth of knowledge about architecture in the early 1900s in addition to the historical past of the sprawling estate. Docent guided Restoration in Progress tours are held weekly for this unique Tudor revival-style mansion built by the renowned Chicago architecture firm of Marshall & Fox.

Programs

The Forest Preserve District regularly offers fishing clinics and archery instruction at Mayslake, as well as the annual Wonders of Winter event. In addition, other nature, conservation, and leisure-activity programs are offered at other preserves throughout the district.

Recreation

Fishing

Fishing at Mayslake can be a relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon. The northern portion of the lake is open for public access, but the southern shores are private property. Please respect the rights of these property owners by keeping to the northern part of the lake. Watercraft are prohibited. All anglers 16 and older (except legally disabled persons) are required to have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession and must follow District and state regulations.

Off-Leash Dog Area

Dogs with Forest Preserve District off-leash dog area permits can enjoy Mayslake's fully fenced off-leash area, which features over four acres of mowed grass with a double gate system. The parking lot is located off St. Paschal's Drive. Rules for the area are posted at the preserve. Owners must have their dogs’ permits in their possession when in the off-leash area; dogs must be leashed in all other areas of the preserve. The area is open during regular preserve hours; it is closed on Thursdays until 9 a.m. for routine maintenance. Purchase a permit online or call Visitor Services Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at (630) 933-7248.

Picnicking

Picnic tables, water pumps and portable washrooms are available for visitors.

Trails

A one-mile multipurpose trail winds around the shore of the lake and leads to Portiuncula Chapel.

Volunteer Opportunities

For descriptions of educational volunteer positions and application materials, visit the Mayslake volunteer page, or contact Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681 or e-mail the volunteer office at volunteer@dupageforest.com.

Working under the direction of the Office of Natural Resources, volunteer site stewards and “Volunteer Restoration Workday” participants help to monitor and manage the prairies, savanna, creek and wetland that make up this preserve. For information on volunteer opportunities at Mayslake and other forest preserves, visit the Natural Resource Management volunteer page, or contact Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

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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