If you were a high school student prior to the 1990s then you probably remember stories about students being chased by angry friars or monks at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Back then kids would sneak onto the grounds of the estate, which was then owned by the Franciscan Order, in an attempt to locate "Peabody's Tomb". Some say he was encased in a clear casket filled with formaldehyde and others say he was hiding a large treasure where he was buried. Once on the grounds at night some say that they would be chased by the friars and either turned over to the local authorities or forced to kneel on various items (rice, broomsticks, etc.) as penance for trespassing. Whatever the story is that you heard if you were one of those who made life for the friars "interesting" then here is your opportunity to make amends.
The estate is now owned by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District and they are having a fundraiser on Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 7 - 10pm in order to help pay for continued restoration of the historic estate.
Tickets are $25.00 and can be charged over the phone (630)206-9566 or ordered online
The evening will include Live Music, a silent auction, Hors D'oeuvres, Desserts, Cash Bar (1 complimentary drink) and a few other surprises. All funds raised will benefit the restoration of Mayslake Hall.
The estate is located at 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523