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Join us as we tour Ragdale, the summer retreat of Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw (1869–1926), located in Lake Forest. It is also the home of the Ragdale Foundation, an art colony that hosts various creators with interdisciplinary interests. 


Built in 1897, the house and barn were built in Shaw's typical Arts and Crafts manner. Our docent-guided tour will include the historic Arts and Crafts house by Shaw and followed by the barn studio and offices where the artist residency is situated. Additionally, the grounds will be available to tour after lunch.


The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Carpooling is encouraged.


Tickets: $40 General Admission/$35 Members. A boxed lunch will be available for purchase.


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