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1260 N. Green Bay Rd.
Lake Forest  Illinois  60045
United States
(847) 234-1063
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Midwest Living Review

Jamie Bartosch
Experience the creative energy exuding from this historic artists' retreat on a 50-acre prairie north of Chicago.


If you’ve ever been tempted to write a book—and you think you might benefit from a little moral support in a beautiful setting, consider a visit to Ragdale along Chicago’s North Shore. The peaceful artists’ retreat fronts 50 acres of prairie, and a $3.2 million renovation completed in 2012 has turned the 1897 summer home into stunning place to let creative juices flow. 
You can experience Ragdale, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a few different ways: on public tours, at special events, or during a 2- to 6-week residency for artists who get to disconnect from their lives and focus on their crafts—writing, sculpting and even “sound artistry.” Upcoming events include Ragdale Art Walk and Open Studios, a family-friendly art exhibition and interactive workshop on October 20.
Many Ragdale alumni have gone on to great success, including best-selling authors Scott Turow, Jane Hamilton and Audrey Niffenegger. Dream of being among them? Give them a call and ask about their “Ragdale Presents” series, which explores how to make your idea for a novel finally a reality 
June 16, 2012

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