Fun at the Mayslake Forest Preserve

Crappie being released back to the lake by a fisherman in a forest preserve at Learn More About Mayslake Forest

Just nine minutes from City View at the Highlands is a ninety-acre preserve featuring historical buildings and plenty of recreational fun. It’s called Mayslake Forest Preserve, and the land comes complete with wetlands, lakes, and restored prairies. This is an ideal place to spend time in nature while also learning new things.

Visitors can explore daily starting one hour after sunrise, and highlights include:

Mayslake Hall

Step into Mayslake Hall to enjoy cultural programs, architectural tours, and nature-themed art classes. Francis Stuyvesant Peabody commissioned the home in 1919. It was built in the Tudor revival-style and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 


Upcoming events include:

Peabody’s Pages Book Club

Discuss the most popular books in Mayslake’s century-old library. February’s pick is Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks. This is the true story of experienced backpacker Michael Lanza. Lanza brought his children on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to see the country’s parks before they’re significantly altered.

Art at Mayslake: Block Printing Valentines 

Learn about the history of mass-produced Valentine cards. You’ll also create your own unique and beautiful cards using block-lettering techniques. The fun takes place on February 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lectures at Mayslake: Louisa May Alcott

On March 30th, join historian Leslie Goddard as she portrays famed author Louisa May Alcott. She’ll share stories about the writer’s tough childhood as well as how she came to pen one of the best books of all time. 


Don’t forget your rods as the fish are always biting on the northern shores of Trinity and Mays’ lakes. During the coldest months, anglers can drop a line as long as the ice is at least four inches thick. Species include crappie, black bullhead, green sunfish, and more.

Learn More About Mayslake Forest

Mayslake Forest Preserve is just one of the forest preserves near our apartments in Lombard, IL. We’re also close to great shopping and dining destinations. To call our community home, please contact us. We’d love to show you firsthand all that our vibrant community has to offer. You can also use our online tour scheduler.

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