Events at the Byron Colby Barn
The beautifully restored Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake offers concerts, lectures, and other events to foster lifelong learning and a sense of community.


Ticket prices are indicated for each event and are available at the door; cash or check only. To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free of charge to many events, as indicated. Concerts and lectures at the Byron Colby Barn are BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine.


Incredible performances and architectural beauty combine to create a delightful and unique experience at the Byron Colby Barn. 


Come join us!

Coriolis 26th Season Spring Concert
Celebrate Mother's Day with the gift of music! Join Coriolis for their spring concert at the Byron Colby Barn on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Coriolis is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with his Hymn to St. Cecilia.  They will also revisit Tyger, written for Coriolis in 1998 by Chicago composer John Austin, and premier two works by Bob Applebaum: Shiloh, a setting of a poem by Herman Melville, and Sweet love, renew thy force, Shakespeare's Sonnet 56.  A cappella works by Morten Lauridsen, Vytautus Miŝkinis, Arvo Pärt, John Rutter, and Eric Whitacre round out the program. 



The members of Coriolis have performed extensively in various vocal ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Bella Voce, the Choral Ensemble of Chicago, the Classic Chorale, the North Shore Choral Society, Christmas Spirit, Hearing Voices, Blind Man's Bluff, Four Shadow, and more.


Admission is $18 for adults, and free for children under 16. This performance is not part of the Early Music Series.

About the Byron Colby Barn

The beautifully restored 110 year-old Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake is named for the local dairy farmer who built it in 1885. Scheduled for demolition in 1992, this historic dairy barn was instead carefully deconstructed and expertly rebuilt in Prairie Crossing, a nationally known conservation community.


The  Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake.  From I-94, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road.  Ample free parking is located adjacent to the Barn. 


The Byron Colby Barn is owned and operated by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is used in support of our mission.  The Foundation also owns the Prairie Crossing Farm in Grayslake, and operates the Farm Business Development Center and the Prairie Crossing Learning Farm.  The Byron Colby Barn's various uses are aligned with the Prairie Crossing guiding principles of life-long learning, a sense of community, and a sense of place.  

Private Barn Rentals

As a beautiful and unique venue, the Barn is very popular for private rentals.  Hold your special event at the Byron Colby Barn!


The Byron Colby Barn was named the 2011 Best Budget Wedding Venue by Chicago Magazine, and can be rented 7 days a week for elegant weddings, professional meetings, intimate concerts, and other events. 


The barn's original timber framing and exposed wood floors create an inviting atmosphere, complete with gourmet kitchen and modern restrooms.   Additional information is at

Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing
1561 Jones Point Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

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