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


Concerts are BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends.


Incredible performances and architectural beauty combine to create a unique experience. Join us at the following events!


The Early Music Series features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. The Byron Colby Barn is a wonderful setting for Early Music, as its acoustics resemble the historical settings for which this music was composed. 


The 12th season of the Early Music Series includes the following performances:


Season tickets to all six performances in the Early Music Series can be purchased here for $90 per person.


Admission to Early Music concerts is $18 for adults, and is available at the door only (cash or check). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free to Early Music Series concerts.


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Ars Antigua - Jerry Fuller A Baroque Bestiary with Ars Antigua


Ars Antigua presents "A Baroque Bestiary" at 4 p.m. on November 10 to commemorate the famous Baroque Menagerie in Vienna's Belvedere Park.


Built by the Hapsburg emperor Charles III in 1716, the Menagerie caused a sensation with exotic animals including white bears, giraffes, leopards, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, camels and monkeys.


Ars Antigua (William Bauer and Brandi Berry, violins; Susan Rozendaal, viola; Anna Steinhoff, violoncello; Jeff Noonan, lute and theorbo; Jerry Fuller, violone) pays homage to the Animal Kingdom as seen through the lens of William Byrd, Antonio Vivaldi, Marco Uccellini, Henry Purcell and others.


Ars Antigua believes that music is most profound when performed using techniques and instruments from the time period when it was composed. Performances by Ars Antigua are critically acclaimed for their technical excellence, emotional impact, and historical scholarship. 

Admission is $18 for adults, at the door only (cash or check). Children under 16 are admitted free.
Joel Spears - Artistic Director of the Early Music Series 

Joel Spears

In addition to being the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn, Joel Spears is an active lutenist and guitarist based in the Chicago area.


Joel has performed both as a soloist and with ensembles of varying sizes, such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Seraphic Fire, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, The Chicago Early Music Consort, Scholars of Cambrai, Heroic Bard, and The Harwood Early Music Ensemble. Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago.

About the Byron Colby Barn

The beautifully restored 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 expertly deconstructed and 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

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