Ragdale is a nonprofit artists’ community located on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate in
Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago.
In 1976 Shaw’s granddaughter, Alice Judson Hayes, transformed her family’s summer home into an artist’s retreat to provide time and space for artists to create important new work.
More than 150 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Ragdale offers a retreat setting where, at any given time, 13 artists-in-residence experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work, a supportive environment, dynamic artist exchanges,
50 acres of idyllic prairie, and a family-style dinner each evening.