Lakeside Legacy Foundation




Executive Director Letter

Are you using your Artistic Gifts or Talents?

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 a 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. The Lakeside Legacy Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to the restoration of the Dole Mansion, and creation of a beautiful arts education center and park for use by the community.

January 25th, 2016 – The property officially changed the name to Lakeside Arts Park At The Dole.

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, take a vocal lesson, hold a meeting or host an event!  There is a lot to experience at the Arts Park!

The vision: become a world-class arts education center. Click here to see our vision and mission.



Signature Events
The ever-popular major seasonal fundraising events, we call Signature Events: Lakeside Festival, Art Fair at the Dole, Run and Roll for the Dole Duathlon, Christmas at the Dole, and Winter Fest.


Studio Artists
Three floors of the Arts Park and the Highland House behind the Lakeside Center offer many opportunities for creativity. Explore the arts park and you’ll find musicians, painters, fashion and 3D artists. Click the following links to learn more about out Visual Artists and Performing Artists. Go explore the arts center and you’ll find musicians, painters, fashion and 3-D artists. Studio leasing is available for all creative arts. Contact Dawn Wilkinson the Finance & Operations Manager at or call 815-455-8000 for more information.

Businesses, non-for-profits, religious organizations, reunions, educational groups, scouting groups, athletic associations, and other community-based organizations can book the space for meetings, fundraisers, recitals, and receptions. Contact Emily Barry the Event & Program Coordinator at or call at 815-455-8000 for rates and booking details.