In 2002, a major fundraising effort was underway, called the “Lakeside Legacy Project,” spearheaded by the Crystal Lake Jaycees, neighbors, and several community leaders. In an unprecedented groundswell, the community generously gave over one million dollars in just 42 days to enable the hastily formed Lakeside Legacy Foundation to meet a deadline, and purchase the property, and save it for the community.

Officially opened on July 4, 2005, it is owned and operated by the non-profit Lakeside Legacy Foundation, formed for the purpose of preservation, protection, and enhancement of the property. Reawakening took over two years, and several hundred thousand dollars in donations to complete.

We are dedicated to the restoration of the Dole Mansion, you can step back to a simpler time to explore the craftsmanship and unexpected brilliance of a Civil War era architectural masterpiece – the historic Dole Mansion. Click Here for More Information.

Our 12-acre park is an inspirational location to stimulate the senses.  Learn to paint, take a culinary class, play an instrument, draw, hold a meeting or host an event!  There is a lot to experience at the Arts Park!

The vision: Our mission is to preserve and protect the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Arts Park property for community use in a natural and historic setting. Click here to see our vision and mission.

 Lakeside Festival

Come experience live music, food, thrilling rides, midway games, historic tours, a great selection of beer and wines, and fun for the whole family.

Christmas at the Dole

Guests will experience a special winter-themed 1st Friday Art Show that’s fun for the whole family






Elegance, Enchantment, & Entertainment.

1st Friday Art Show at the Dole

Enjoy an artistic evening with featured art, the chance to mingle with artists, and the opportunity to purchase an original piece of work.

‘the Listening Room’

‘the  Listening Room’ at the Dole, a destination to be enjoyed by both the performer and the audience.

Chef Kitchen for Youth

Learn from professional instructors! Healthy Snacks, Light Meals, Pastry Decorating and Juicing. Hands-on learning!

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Three floors of the Arts Park and the Highland House behind The Dole offer many opportunities for creativity. Explore the art park and you’ll find musicians, painters, photographers, and 3D artists. Click the following links to learn more about our Visual Artists and Performing Artists. Go explore the arts center and you’ll find musicians, painters, photographers, and 3-D artists. Studio leasing is available for all creative arts.

Steeped in art and history, The Dole is a unique and special venue for not-for-profits, educational groups, scouting organizations, religious groups, class reunions and boosters, athletic associations, government associations, and local businesses.

For more information please contact Contact Jody Fields, Business & Accounting Manager, at or by calling 815.455.8000 ext. 102

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