Spend a Fun-filled Day at the Mayslake Forest Preserve

Mayslake Forest Preserve

Are searching for a place where you can explore nature and watch theatrical productions in one place? If so, head to the Mayslake Forest Preserve.┬áNestled in nearby Oak Brook, it’s made up of several habitats including savanna, restored prairies, and wetlands.

Highlights include:

Mayslake Hall

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mayslake Hall is a Tudor Revival-style mansion constructed in 1919. After owner Francis Stuyvesant Peabody passed away in 1922, the hall became a retreat house. Today, it’s where visitors can enjoy an array of lectures, performances, and architectural tours throughout the year.

First Folio Theatre

As a premier nonprofit theater, First Folio’s mission is to present intimate productions of classic and contemporary works. Now in its 23rd season, the theatre has grown from an annual summer show to a year-round operation with indoor and outdoor stages. It’s known for creating a unique experience that enriches the community, and is one of the “150 Greatest Places to See a Shakespeare Play.”


Before watching a play, enjoy a delicious picnic surrounded by stunning scenery. The preserve features dozens of picnic tables as well as grassy areas where you can spread a blanket. As you dine, you may spot toads hopping through the grass and an array of colorful bird species.


On the northern shores of Trinity and Mays’ lakes, anglers can cast a line for bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish among other species. Creel limits and minimum lengths may apply.

Off-Leash Dog Area

Spend a fun afternoon with your canine companion at the off-leash dog area. It offers more than four acres of mowed grass and is a great place to enjoy a game of fetch while meeting new friends.

If you would like to live near Mayslake and other fabulous forest preserves, please contact our leasing staff. They’ll be glad to give you a tour of River Run at Naperville where you can see firsthand all our vibrant community has to offer.

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