Group Tours

Located on the former country estate of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, a Ragdale tour includes the recently restored, historic Ragdale House, visual artist studios, exquisite gardens, an introduction to the Shaw family history and the artist-in-residency program that accommodates over 150 artists per year.

These tours are rare opportunities to see behind-the-scenes at an artist’s residency, typically closed to the public. Visitors can experience the magic of this 5-acre site, which includes two historic homes, several artist studios, beautiful gardens, and 50 acres of virgin prairie. The Ragdale House, originally built in 1897 in the Arts and Crafts tradition, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It re-opened in 2012 after undergoing a one-year, $3.2 million restoration to return it to its 1926 splendor

Group Tours For groups of 10 or more. Select dates in 2016 are Fridays 10AM-12NOON: 5/20, 6/10, 7/15, 8/19, 9/23, and October TBD. Please register by contacting or (847)234.1063 ext. 21

1230 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. Meet on the front porch of the Ragdale House. Limited parking available.