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


Incredible performances and architectural beauty combine to create a unique experience. Bring a bottle of wine to share with friends if you wish.


Join us at the following events!

13th Annual Early Music Series
The Early Music Series features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

Upcoming 2014-2015 Early Music Series performances include:  

Admission to Early Music Series 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.


Brochures for the 2014-2015 season are now available! Pick up some brochures at the Nov. 16 concert and share them with friends, or forward this email. Influence the success of this season by letting others know about this wonderful concert series! 

Visit the Early Music Series YouTube channel to preview the professionalism and intimacy that define the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, then join us at an upcoming performance. No photography, videography, or sound recording is allowed during performances but relax and enjoy these exquisite video clips from past performances.


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Ensemble SDG    
Sun., Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.                  


Love is timeless, and music remains an inspired medium of beauty and human expression of heartfelt emotions. Celebrate the enduring and diverse aspects of love with Ensemble SDG, as inspired by C.S. Lewis' classic book, The Four Loves.


Ensemble SDG (Edith Hine, violin; John Chappell Stowe, organ and harpsichord; guest artist Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba) performs music composed by German and French Baroque composers including Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Krieger, J.S. Bach, Francois Couperin, and Heinrich Biber. The selections reflect various aspects of love including familial affection, friendship, romance, and divine love.


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

EnsAmble Ad-Hoc              
Sun., Mar. 8 at 4 p.m.                  


Join EnsAmble Ad-Hoc at 4 p.m. Sun., Mar. 8 for "Cantigas! Secular and Sacred Songs from Medieval Spain." 


This performance by Francy Acosta (soprano) and Jose Luis Posada (lute and Baroque guitar) features 13th century Iberian music, presented in Galician-Portuguese.


Embark on a mesmerizing exploration of Cantigas d'Amigo and Cantigas de Santa Maria with these talented performers. Selections include songs of love by Martin Codax about a woman longing for her boyfriend, and songs compiled under King Alfonso X for the Virgin Mary.


Admission is $18 at the door only (cash or check) - 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 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. He is also proud to be the first theorbo teacher in the nation at the high school level at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

FREE Symphony of the Soil Film Screening

7 p.m. Wed., Mar. 4


The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils


Join the Liberty Prairie Foundation at 7 p.m. Wed. Mar. 4 at the Byron Colby Barn for a screening of the award-winning film, Symphony of the Soil. Admission is FREE, and at the door only (no pre-registration).


Using a captivating mix of art and science, Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of soil as it "digs into" soil science and other topics that support the case for treating soil with care. Soil is alive, and its health and survival are intricately connected to that of all life.


After the film, mingle with area organic farmers and organizations dedicated to sustainable agriculture, native landscaping, and environmental education. This event is co-sponsored by the College of Lake County, Conserve Lake County, and the Prairie Crossing Charter School.


Click here for information about the Symphony of the Soil screening 

Uncorked! Wine Tasting on Mar. 7

6 - 8 p.m. Fri., Mar. 7


Join the Grayslake Rotary Club in celebrating their 4th Annual Uncorked! Wine Tasting from 6 -8:30 p.m. Fri., Mar. 7 at the Byron Colby Barn.


The tasting will feature a variety of wines accompanied by hors d'oeuvres, entertainment from Medleys in Motion DJ Service, plus a silent auction and raffle. Tickets for this "over 21" event are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. Click here to order tickets online.


Chartered in 2006, the Grayslake Rotary Club is dedicated to the support of local and international organizations and programs. 100% of the funds raised will benefit local area food pantries, the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center, Grayslake High School merit scholarships, Shelterbox disaster relief housing, and worldwide polio eradication.

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 north, 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 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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Grayslake, IL 60030