The timeless elegance of the Byron Colby Barn offers a rich setting for many types of gatherings, including elegant barn weddings. The Liberty Prairie Foundation hosts events at the Barn including intimate Early Music Series concerts and thought-provoking lectures to foster life-long learning and a sense of community. We also co-sponsor selected public events that are aligned with Liberty Prairie Foundation’s impact areas and/or the Prairie Crossing Guiding Principles by offering discounted rental of the Byron Colby Barn. As a unique venue, the Barn is also popular for “do it yourself” weddings, professional meetings, and more. Country elegance meets modern convenience at this restored historic treasure inside the nationally recognized Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois.
The Barn was recognized as the 2011 Best Budget Wedding Venue by Chicago Magazine and one of the 2013 Best Local Place to Get Married in the Daily Herald™ Readers Choice Awards. The Byron Colby Barn provides ample room for guests to view presentations, meet in small groups, or dance the night away! Up to 160 guests can be accommodated with seating both on the main floor and loft.
Hold your cocktail hour or wedding ceremony in the beautiful tree-lined Market Square. Impress your guests with a unique bar inside the Barn’s silo, and purchase your own beverages for significant costs savings. Select from the excellent caterers on our Preferred Vendors List or another professional caterer for limitless dining options. Gorgeous photo opportunities await at Prairie Crossing’s gazebo, beach, prairie, and limestone overlook at Lake Aldo Leopold. Create the special event of your dreams at the Byron Colby Barn!
Schedule your event today! The Byron Colby Barn can be rented Mon. – Thurs. from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat. from 9 a.m. – midnight, and Sun. from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Renting the Byron Colby Barn includes use of these items, without additional charge – click here for a description of included items.
The Barn is a “do it yourself” venue, offering you the flexibility to create the barn wedding or other event of your dreams. A professional licensed caterer must provide all food service, and a licensed and insured bartender must be hired to operate your bar. Click here for the Barn rental prices, click here to check the Barn’s availability, then contact us or call 847-543-1202 to schedule a showing. Review the information on our website, download the Barn floor plan, be inspired by the boards on our Pinterest page, and let your creativity soar!
All users of the Byron Colby Barn sign a rental contract and provide a deposit of $700 to reserve a date and serve as a damage deposit. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations after 10 days from the date of the contract. All fees are due 10 business days prior to the event. The deposit, minus any damages, will be mailed two weeks after the event. In appreciation for their service to our country, active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on their total rental fee.
One month prior to the event, Kim DeRose will schedule a meeting to review the event details. The Byron Colby Barn is a restored historic barn, built with materials dating back to 1885. To preserve the integrity of the Barn, please respect the following restrictions or your damage deposit may be forfeited. Please complete the Event Details worksheet before your event details meeting, and bring it with you. This is the perfect opportunity to ask last-minute questions and schedule your wedding rehearsal. For weddings with an on-site ceremony, free rehearsal time is provided on Thursday afternoon/evening, or Friday or Saturday between 2-3 p.m.
On days when the Barn is rented, Barn staff are generally on-site from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will open the Barn for your free decorating time. You are responsible for communication and coordination with your vendors to schedule drop-off times when you can properly place rented items. Many couples find it very useful to designate a family member or friend as their “day of” coordinator. Barn staff do not have the capacity to assist with decorating, removing decorations, or loading/unloading of materials. If you need this type of assistance, we recommend hiring a wedding planner.
During your free decorating hours, Barn staff may conduct pre-arranged showings for other potential renters. Your exclusive use of the Barn begins at the time indicated in your rental agreement. A Byron Colby Barn host will be present at your event to help things run smoothly. Let the festivities begin!
The Byron Colby Barn is a “do it yourself” venue, offering you the flexibility to create the barn wedding or other event of your dreams. A professional licensed caterer must provide all food service, and a licensed and insured bartender must be hired to operate your bar. The Byron Colby Barn provides ample room for guests to view presentations, meet in small groups, or dance the night away! Up to 160 guests can be accommodated with seating both on the main floor and loft. Click here for the Barn rental prices.
The Byron Colby Barn can be rented Mon. – Thurs. from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat. from 9 a.m. – midnight, and Sun. from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Renting the Byron Colby Barn includes use of these items, without additional charge – click here for a description of included items. The Byron Colby Barn is a restored historic barn, built with materials dating back to 1885. To preserve the integrity of the Barn, please respect the following restrictions or your damage deposit may be forfeited.
This website contains a vast amount of information that you will need to know to plan your event at the Byron Colby Barn. Review the information on this website – including our Preferred Vendors – be inspired by our Pinterest page, and let your creativity soar! Click here to check the Barn’s availability and contact us or call 847-543-1202 to schedule a showing.
You may hold ONE date for up to 7 days to enable you to attend your scheduled showing, sign a contact, and provide your deposit. Dates that have been held but not reserved within 7 days (with a signed contract and deposit) will be released. Reserved dates sometimes become available due to cancellations, so please check this calendar frequently. Dates that are not marked “busy” have at least some availability. Contact Kim for details.
A professional licensed caterer must provide all food service and professional serving staff, and all caterers must have their own commercial kitchen. If you are serving alcohol, you must hire a licensed, insured bartender either through your professional caterer or from our Preferred Vendors. Many of the Preferred Caterers will provide a licensed, insured bartender for your event. Cash bars are prohibited.
Selecting a caterer from our Preferred Vendors allows for easy event planning. These caterers have extensive experience working at the Byron Colby Barn and offer tasty meal options in a wide price range. We have a high level of confidence in their abilities to offer your guests a delicious meal, from appetizer to entrée.
All rentals for use at the Prairie Crossing gazebo MUST be rented through our Preferred Vendor, to ensure compliance with our agreement with the Prairie Crossing Homeowners Association for use of this space.
Browse our Preferred Vendors and contact them directly for pricing information and to make arrangements for your event. Please indicate that you are planning an event at the Byron Colby Barn.
“The bride and groom would like me to convey their gratitude and appreciation for helping to make the evening a wonderful success. The Barn is an exceptionally lovely setting for a winter event. The warm and magical feel of the candle-lit Barn lent itself to the romance and intimacy of the occasion, and although I had my doubts, the main floor was ample room for an evening of non-stop dancing. Thank you again for a wonderful evening.” Mrs. Shelia Ryndak
“My husband and I could not have chosen a better venue for our wedding day. Everything was picture perfect and went exactly as planned. The manager, Kim, played a big role in helping us with suggestions and ideas that contributed to the amazing turnout of our day. She responded promptly by email and phone and took much of my wedding planning stresses off my shoulders! Working with Kim was like working with a friend, as she shared my excitement and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend the Byron Colby Barn to any couple who is looking for a special wedding day!” Lauren and Matthew Scholl
“I just wanted to say a quick thank you (so much) for everything you did to make Sarah + Jamie’s wedding FANTASTIC. I think it’s safe to say everyone had a blast on Sunday. I know it takes a village to make it happen as seamlessly as we did, so thank you for being an amazing village to work with over the past couple of weeks and especially as we got down to the final days! I hope to work with all of you again in the very near future!” Elizabeth Tulipana
“We recently had our best friend’s baby shower at Byron Colby Barn. The barn was simply beautiful – rustic, charming, and warm – and conveniently located for our guests. Kim, the manager, is very welcoming and cheerful. She gave us suggestions and recommendations and promptly answered all our questions. From the crisp beautiful weather of January, great food, gorgeous barn, friends and family who came, and Kim’s help… we had ZERO complaints, except that the day had to end.” Gen Kapczyk
“It was great to find out that such a wonderful and rustic barn setting exists so close to Chicago and its suburbs! The back windows offered scenic views you wouldn’t think you could find out of the countryside.” Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos (click here for the full review and band contact information)
The Barn was recognized as the 2011 Best Budget Wedding Venue by Chicago Magazine and one of the 2013 Best Local Place to Get Married in the Daily Herald™ Readers Choice Awards.
Byron Colby, a local dairy farmer, built the Barn in 1885 on a nearby site overlooking the Des Plaines River. A century later it was scheduled for demolition to make way for development. When the owner instead agreed to donate it to the developers of Prairie Crossing, this historic dairy barn was preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
Led by restoration architect T. Gunny Harboe and Libertyville contractor Rick Bott, an expert crew carefully deconstructed the Barn timber by timber, numbering each one. In 1996 the Barn was expertly rebuilt in Prairie Crossing, a nationally known conservation community. The original timbers were restored and carefully fitted together with mortise and tenon joints, just as they had been over a century ago. The Byron Colby Barn now proudly stands at the entrance to Prairie Crossing at Route 45 and Jones Point Road as a testament to the quality of Midwestern architecture.
The Barn was named in honor of Byron Colby, the dairy farmer who built it, and repurposed into a unique event venue for the larger Lake County community. The Barn is used in support of the Liberty Prairie Foundation’s mission and its various uses are aligned with the Prairie Crossing Guiding Principles of life-long learning and education, a sense of community, and a sense of place. The Byron Colby Barn also serves as a community center for the Prairie Crossing community, and houses a private fitness center in its basement for residents.