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 2013-2014 Early Music Series brochure features descriptions of each performance - pick up a brochure at a performance for yourself, and one for a friend! 


The 12th season of the Early Music Series concludes during March with the following performances:

  • Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. - Secret of the Muses
  • Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m. - Rook

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


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"Music From Petrucci's Press" on Mar. 2    


16th century Venice was vibrant with music and art, though declining in commercial and military power. Ottaviano Petrucci's music publications - the first to feature polyphony using movable type - were enormously popular and helped establish Franco-Flemish music as the dominant style for the next century.


Secret of the Muses explores "Music From Petrucci's Press" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 2 including selections by Alexander Agricola, Tromboncino, Cara, Spinacino, and Dalza.


Secret of the Muses features Stephanie Sheffield (soprano), Patrick O'Malley (recorder), Joel Spears (lute), and Phillip Serna (viol). Join these talented performers on a musical journey back in time to 16th century Venice for "Music from Petrucci's Press" on Mar. 2.


Admission is $18 at the door only (cash or check only) - children under 16 are free. This performance is part of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.

Rook's "Eleven Concert" on Mar. 23      


What happens when Early Music goes up to"11"? Rook's "Eleven Concert" demonstrates the shifting dynamic when composers influenced by the grandeur of the Venetian style wanted to push music over the edge.  


Enjoy Chicago's new generation of historically informed performers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 23 with intense interpretations of both 16th and 17th century music on an unusual combination of instruments. Rook performers include Jakob Hansen, Baroque violin; Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord; Paul Von Hoff, tenor trombone and slide trumpet; Jeremy David Ward, bass violin. 


Admission is $18 at the door only (cash or check only) - children under 16 are free. This performance is part of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.

Joel Spears - Artistic Director of the Early Music Series 

Joel Spears

Joel Spears is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn, and 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, and The Chicago Early Music Consort. Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Uncorked! Wine Tasting on Mar. 7   


Join the Grayslake Rotary Club in celebrating their 3rd Annual Uncorked! Wine Tasting from 5:30 - 9 p.m. on Friday, March 7 at the Byron Colby Barn.


The tasting will feature a variety of wines to sample and order, accompanied by tasty hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for this "over 21" event are $25 per person and are available at the door or in advance by contacting Mike Kukulski at


100% of the funds raised will benefit local area food pantries, the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center, Grayslake High School scholarships, and worldwide polio eradication. Click for additional information about the Uncorked! Wine Tasting.  

Need Transportation?


Zipcar, Chicagoland's largest car sharing organization, is now at Prairie Crossing! As a unique and sustainable alternative to car ownership, Zipcar is consistent with the "Convenient and Efficient Transportation" Guiding Principle of Prairie Crossing. Visit the Prairie Crossing Zipcar website for reduced-price memberships!


Prairie Crossing is accessible via Metra's Milwaukee District North and North Central (weekdays only) lines. Enjoy a leisurely train ride to Prairie Crossing, cross Route 137 to pick up your reserved Zipcar at Station Square, and "zip" to the Byron Colby Barn. 

About the Byron Colby Barn

The beautifully restored Byron Colby Barn 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 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.

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