Lakeside Legacy Arts Park Call for Artists

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake, Illinois is pleased to announced the launch of CaFÉ for all calls for exhibit applications! Apply today!

The Dole Mansion and Arts Park date back to 1865 and 1922, and the City of Crystal Lake celebrated 100 great years in 2014. Lakeside is located in a large northwestern suburb of Chicago, near the historic downtown Crystal Lake and the Metra trains. Lakeside has access to neighboring communities, counties, Chicagoland area, Milwaukee, Southwestern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa.

Lakeside Legacy Foundation is well-established in the Chicagoland gallery scene. On an annual basis, Lakeside works with local, regional and national showcasing artists. Acceptance to a gallery exhibit includes participation in the First Friday Art Show event with average attendance at 300-500 guests. If timely, accepted artists will be highlighted in Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s marketing in Chicago Gallery News and ads placed in the Northwest Herald. The galleries at Lakeside were voted the Best of McHenry County in 2014 by Shaw Media’s viewers choice awards in the Northwest Herald. Lakeside promotes the sale of original works of art as well as the opening art show exhibition. Accepted exhibits typically are installed for 21 days.

Solo and groups are encouraged to apply! Groups can be traditional guilds and art organizations, or proposals submitted by mixed dimensional groups of artists.

Rolling jury procedures with priority on June and August openings. 6 months available for gallery exhibits.

2 Exquisite Galleries in McHenry Country and an installation gallery! Within the galleries you experience art exhibits, performances  presentation, history preservation, and a full range of private and philanthropic opportunity.  The Sage Gallery, The Dole Gallery, and 2nd & 3rd floor of the 1865 Dole Mansion for installation spaces.

For more information on submitting exhibit contact Erin at 815-455-8000 or email her at

The Lakeside Legacy Foundation Galleries welcome proposals from scholars, artists, and curators in all media, including video, and installation.

Expedite the review of these submissions by insuring that each artist proposal is as complete as possible and you include high quality images of your work.

Required Materials for Entry to be Reviewed by jury committee is outlined on CaFÉ. To learn more about Lakeside visit