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Byron Colby Barn

Grayslake , IL
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LOCATION

1561 Jones Point Rd
Grayslake, IL 60030 US

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847-543-1202

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When was your venue built?
1996
When was your venue last renovated?
1996
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
160
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2995
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Angela
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
The Byron Colby Barn is an amazing venue for any of you do-it-yourself brides out there! It's a beautiful, historic, and rustic building and the market square courtyard is perfect for an outdoor ceremony/cocktail hour.
Kim is very professional and timely - she even texts which is super handy!
I highly recommend this venue!
The Byron Colby Barn is an amazing venue for any of you do-it-yourself brides out there! It's a beautiful, historic, and Read more...
The Byron Colby Barn is an amazing venue for any of you do-it-yourself brides out there! It's a beautiful, historic, and rustic building and the market square courtyard is perfect for an outdoor ceremony/cocktail hour.
Kim is very professional and timely - she even texts which is super handy!
I highly recommend this venue! Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.7/5.0
We loved this venue! It's rustic, but still beautiful and provides a great backdrop for a wedding. We got married outside by the gazebo which was gorgeous and perfect for the simplicity we were looking for. Afterwards, we moved to the barn for the reception which was fabulous! I recommend this venue for a smaller wedding - probably 75 to 120 people otherwise it would be quite crowded. Kim was very responsive and flexible for setting up how we wanted the day of. The venue is a little pricey, but for the uniqueness the location provides, it was well worth every penny for us. We loved having our wedding here and would definitely recommend it to couples looking to do something other than the traditional banquet hall setting.
We loved this venue! It's rustic, but still beautiful and provides a great backdrop for a wedding. We got married outside Read more...
We loved this venue! It's rustic, but still beautiful and provides a great backdrop for a wedding. We got married outside by the gazebo which was gorgeous and perfect for the simplicity we were looking for. Afterwards, we moved to the barn for the reception which was fabulous! I recommend this venue for a smaller wedding - probably 75 to 120 people otherwise it would be quite crowded. Kim was very responsive and flexible for setting up how we wanted the day of. The venue is a little pricey, but for the uniqueness the location provides, it was well worth every penny for us. We loved having our wedding here and would definitely recommend it to couples looking to do something other than the traditional banquet hall setting. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
WE LOVED having our wedding at the barn! I received some somewhat negative feedback regarding day-of setup from my friend and the helpfulness of the barn staff, but everything turned out great all around!! Amazing venue!
WE LOVED having our wedding at the barn! I received some somewhat negative feedback regarding day-of setup from my friend Read more...
WE LOVED having our wedding at the barn! I received some somewhat negative feedback regarding day-of setup from my friend and the helpfulness of the barn staff, but everything turned out great all around!! Amazing venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding at Byron Colby Barn in October. I loved the venue because I wanted a DIY wedding. We were able to pick our own caterer. I created all the decorations with help from family and friends. We provided our own lights, candles and centerpieces. Every aspect of the wedding was something that my husband and I picked our ourselves.

When we first booked the venue, Stan was the coordinator. He was stubborn to deal with, but before our wedding he retired and now Kim is in charge. She is easy to contact and responds timely to messages.

One negative is that on the morning of our wedding, when we were supposed to be able to set up at 9am, the party from the night before had not cleaned up. Why no one from the barn realized this the night before, I don't know. My parents and the family/friends that came to help had to wait at least 1 hour to begin.

We also had an issue with the bartender that we were basically told we had to hire. A bartender from Jim McArdle was "playing games" with a few of our guests to take shots in order to "win" a bottle of liquor. This ended with a few of our guests not being able to walk before the night was over.

I would highly recommend Byron Colby Barn if you are interested in doing a lot of work/crafts to make it your own!!! I absolutely loved it!
My husband and I had our wedding at Byron Colby Barn in October. I loved the venue because I wanted a DIY wedding. We were Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding at Byron Colby Barn in October. I loved the venue because I wanted a DIY wedding. We were able to pick our own caterer. I created all the decorations with help from family and friends. We provided our own lights, candles and centerpieces. Every aspect of the wedding was something that my husband and I picked our ourselves.

When we first booked the venue, Stan was the coordinator. He was stubborn to deal with, but before our wedding he retired and now Kim is in charge. She is easy to contact and responds timely to messages.

One negative is that on the morning of our wedding, when we were supposed to be able to set up at 9am, the party from the night before had not cleaned up. Why no one from the barn realized this the night before, I don't know. My parents and the family/friends that came to help had to wait at least 1 hour to begin.

We also had an issue with the bartender that we were basically told we had to hire. A bartender from Jim McArdle was "playing games" with a few of our guests to take shots in order to "win" a bottle of liquor. This ended with a few of our guests not being able to walk before the night was over.

I would highly recommend Byron Colby Barn if you are interested in doing a lot of work/crafts to make it your own!!! I absolutely loved it! Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
6/29/2012
4.2/5.0
LOVED THE BARN. Stan was decent to work with despite a lot of negative reviews from other brides. The only set back to the barn is the crazy rules. Make sure you clearly understand all of the rules before you book or plan your decor. He is not flexible with the rules. Also, this place books very quickly!

I had my wedding on a Friday and it was a great deal for my budget. You will not find a prettier venue in Grayslake - we had so many compliments!
LOVED THE BARN. Stan was decent to work with despite a lot of negative reviews from other brides. The only set back to the Read more...
LOVED THE BARN. Stan was decent to work with despite a lot of negative reviews from other brides. The only set back to the barn is the crazy rules. Make sure you clearly understand all of the rules before you book or plan your decor. He is not flexible with the rules. Also, this place books very quickly!

I had my wedding on a Friday and it was a great deal for my budget. You will not find a prettier venue in Grayslake - we had so many compliments! Read less
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Emilie
Wedding:
11/11/2011
3.9/5.0
I loved the location for us, very perfect! Stan was a little hard to deal with for there was a decent amount of stuff we couldn't do or have. So that was hard, but everything still turned out gorgeous and everyone had such a great time and absolutely loved it! Our guests are still complimenting us about how gorgeous the place was and how amazing everything turned out!
I loved the location for us, very perfect! Stan was a little hard to deal with for there was a decent amount of stuff we Read more...
I loved the location for us, very perfect! Stan was a little hard to deal with for there was a decent amount of stuff we couldn't do or have. So that was hard, but everything still turned out gorgeous and everyone had such a great time and absolutely loved it! Our guests are still complimenting us about how gorgeous the place was and how amazing everything turned out! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.0/5.0
This venue was absolutely perfect for our day! They were also great with helping us arrange other vendors. They provided an extensive list including; caterers, bartenders, a dj, hotels, florist, wedding planner, and officiant. The only trouble is that Stan runs the barn like a business. On the day of our wedding he showed the barn 4 times while we were setting up, and another couple showed up to our wedding ceremony for a showing! All and all it is really worth it though.
This venue was absolutely perfect for our day! They were also great with helping us arrange other vendors. They provided Read more...
This venue was absolutely perfect for our day! They were also great with helping us arrange other vendors. They provided an extensive list including; caterers, bartenders, a dj, hotels, florist, wedding planner, and officiant. The only trouble is that Stan runs the barn like a business. On the day of our wedding he showed the barn 4 times while we were setting up, and another couple showed up to our wedding ceremony for a showing! All and all it is really worth it though. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We loved having our wedding here and wouldn't do it any other way. Our wedding was on a gorgeous day in June and we did our ceremony and cocktail hour outside in the square and then the reception inside the barn. The aesthetics of the grounds and the architecture of the barn are just gorgeous! Had it rained, we would have had a candle lit ceremony inside the barn -- so pretty. You can't lose.

Stan is helpful, funny, and knows exactly how to run the Barn smoothly and lay out the space depending on your number of guests. The web site says you can fit 180 but I imagine that could only be without a dance floor or space for a buffet table or band. We had 120, and we sat the bridal party tables end-to-end in the middle of the dance floor, then they were cleared after the meal. It worked. I think the barn was perfect for that number of people.

Bear in mind this is not one-stop shopping. The rental fee is just for the gorgeous space and the tables and chairs. Stan helps ensure your layout is right, the a/c is cranked, and you have everything you need, but you must bring in a caterer who you trust to run the day for you (we chose Dave's Specialty Foods -- see my 5-star review on Yelp). The excellent thing about this set-up is it means you can bring in any caterer. Also you can bring in your own alcohol, saving a ton (as long as your caterer has a licensed bartender of course). We had Binny's deliver our alcohol, and they pick up unused bottles and refund you for them!

If you have any questions about the barn or nearby vendors, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message!
We loved having our wedding here and wouldn't do it any other way. Our wedding was on a gorgeous day in June and we did Read more...
We loved having our wedding here and wouldn't do it any other way. Our wedding was on a gorgeous day in June and we did our ceremony and cocktail hour outside in the square and then the reception inside the barn. The aesthetics of the grounds and the architecture of the barn are just gorgeous! Had it rained, we would have had a candle lit ceremony inside the barn -- so pretty. You can't lose.

Stan is helpful, funny, and knows exactly how to run the Barn smoothly and lay out the space depending on your number of guests. The web site says you can fit 180 but I imagine that could only be without a dance floor or space for a buffet table or band. We had 120, and we sat the bridal party tables end-to-end in the middle of the dance floor, then they were cleared after the meal. It worked. I think the barn was perfect for that number of people.

Bear in mind this is not one-stop shopping. The rental fee is just for the gorgeous space and the tables and chairs. Stan helps ensure your layout is right, the a/c is cranked, and you have everything you need, but you must bring in a caterer who you trust to run the day for you (we chose Dave's Specialty Foods -- see my 5-star review on Yelp). The excellent thing about this set-up is it means you can bring in any caterer. Also you can bring in your own alcohol, saving a ton (as long as your caterer has a licensed bartender of course). We had Binny's deliver our alcohol, and they pick up unused bottles and refund you for them!

If you have any questions about the barn or nearby vendors, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message! Read less
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ABClark
Wedding:
7/18/2010
2.6/5.0
The site itself is really beautiful and you can make it into whatever you want it to be. The wedding before ours looked and had a completely different feel than ours, but it was just the night before.

We had our ceremony out at the gazebo on site and it made for beautiful pictures.

The downside to the barn is Stan, the coordinator. He is not pleasant to work with. His personality is abrupt and overbearing. He didn't know who my husband was on the DAY OF the wedding and at our run-through the week before, he thought we were there to book the site. He does not like email communication and often responds with one word answers. I did not find him to be reliable and had to double and triple check things with him often because I was concerned that he never remembered who I was.

All in all, everything went off without a hitch and it is a beautiful location. If you can put up with Stan, it's well worth it!
The site itself is really beautiful and you can make it into whatever you want it to be. The wedding before ours looked Read more...
The site itself is really beautiful and you can make it into whatever you want it to be. The wedding before ours looked and had a completely different feel than ours, but it was just the night before.

We had our ceremony out at the gazebo on site and it made for beautiful pictures.

The downside to the barn is Stan, the coordinator. He is not pleasant to work with. His personality is abrupt and overbearing. He didn't know who my husband was on the DAY OF the wedding and at our run-through the week before, he thought we were there to book the site. He does not like email communication and often responds with one word answers. I did not find him to be reliable and had to double and triple check things with him often because I was concerned that he never remembered who I was.

All in all, everything went off without a hitch and it is a beautiful location. If you can put up with Stan, it's well worth it! Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
The Barn was perfect for our wedding and reception. We were married in the courtyard and we were able to set up the way we wanted. The only issue was we had to rent chairs for outdoors and could not use the chairs from inside the Barn.
The reception was perfect. We had 100 guests at our wedding and it fit everyone comfortably. The Silo was an incredible and unique place for a bar. Everyone loved it! We used the upstairs as a sports area (baseball theme wedding) where people could go to get away from the music but we did not use this for our dinner. All 100 guests fit in the main area.
Stan the contact for the Barn was great. He answered his calls immediately. If you leave a message for him, he returns the call within minutes. Please note, you must have a backbone and KNOW what you're talking about or else his dominating personality will be overwhelming. We set boundries from the beginning and things went very smooth after. He helped us with ideas of the reception layout and allowed us to decorate however needed (no tape on the walls due to the wood walls but had freedom of lights, candles, and decorations in general).
The only downfall is you must have your decorations completely out of the Barn no later than 12:30 am. This made for a long night for those helping to clean up.
The deposit was received within 8 business days...2 days before Stan stated we would receive it. This was a bonus!
I have recommended this place to many people and will continue to do so. This place was PERFECT for us!
The Barn was perfect for our wedding and reception. We were married in the courtyard and we were able to set up the way we Read more...
The Barn was perfect for our wedding and reception. We were married in the courtyard and we were able to set up the way we wanted. The only issue was we had to rent chairs for outdoors and could not use the chairs from inside the Barn.
The reception was perfect. We had 100 guests at our wedding and it fit everyone comfortably. The Silo was an incredible and unique place for a bar. Everyone loved it! We used the upstairs as a sports area (baseball theme wedding) where people could go to get away from the music but we did not use this for our dinner. All 100 guests fit in the main area.
Stan the contact for the Barn was great. He answered his calls immediately. If you leave a message for him, he returns the call within minutes. Please note, you must have a backbone and KNOW what you're talking about or else his dominating personality will be overwhelming. We set boundries from the beginning and things went very smooth after. He helped us with ideas of the reception layout and allowed us to decorate however needed (no tape on the walls due to the wood walls but had freedom of lights, candles, and decorations in general).
The only downfall is you must have your decorations completely out of the Barn no later than 12:30 am. This made for a long night for those helping to clean up.
The deposit was received within 8 business days...2 days before Stan stated we would receive it. This was a bonus!
I have recommended this place to many people and will continue to do so. This place was PERFECT for us! Read less
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