Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artists’ retreat offers monthly, docent-led tours from June – September for individuals and groups. Located on the former country estate of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, a Ragdale tour includes: the historic Ragdale House, visual artist studios, exquisite gardens, an introduction to the Shaw family history and the artists’ residency program that serves over 150 artists and authors each year. Admission is $10/person and online reservations must be made in advance.

Public Tours Select dates in 2017 are Saturdays 10AM-12NOON June 10, July 22, August 19, and September 23. Advance registration required.

June 10

July 22

August 19

September 23

Private Group Tours For groups of 10 or more. Remaining dates available in 2017 are Fridays 2-4PM: July 14, August 18, and September 22. Please register by contacting Marita Seaberg (847)234.1063 ext. 21

Advance reservations and online payment are required for public tours and can be made at Groups of 10 or more must make arrangements in advance by contacting Marita Seaberg at or 847.234.1063 ext. 21.

Ragdale is located at 1230 North Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. Limited parking is available in the lot, carpooling encouraged. All tours meet on the front porch of the Ragdale House.

These tours are rare opportunities to see behind-the-scenes at an artists’ residency, typically closed to the public. Visitors can experience the five-acre site which includes two historic homes, several artist studios, gardens and vistas of 50 acres of virgin prairie. The Ragdale House, originally built in 1897, and the Barn House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.