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Byron Colby Barn

Grayslake , IL

LOCATION

1561 Jones Point Rd
Grayslake, IL 60030 US (map)

PHONE

847-543-1202
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ABOUT US

Country elegance meets modern convenience at this restored historic treasure inside the nationally recognized Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois. The timeless... Read more
Country elegance meets modern convenience at this restored historic treasure inside the nationally recognized Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois. The timeless elegance of the Byron Colby Barn offers a rich setting for elegant barn weddings.

Whether you'd prefer to plan a "do it yourself" wedding or you'd prefer to work with one of our recommended wedding planners, the Byron Colby Barn offers a space with many options. Hold your cocktail hour or wedding ceremony in the beautiful tree-lined Market Square. Impress your guests with a unique bar inside the Barn’s silo. Select from the excellent caterers on our Preferred Vendors List or another professional caterer for limitless dining options. Gorgeous photo opportunities await at Prairie Crossing’s gazebo, beach, prairie, and limestone overlook at Lake Aldo Leopold. Create the special event of your dreams at the Byron Colby Barn! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Farm, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
160
What event services do you offer?
Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK
What event items are available?
Chairs, Furniture, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Tabitha
Wedding:
10/21/2016
4.9/5.0
Byron Colby Barn is an absolutely beautiful and unique venue. One of the best parts about it is that you have the opportunity to do all of the decorations yourself, so it truly becomes the venue that you pictured. Kim was fantastic and very accommodating. She let us go see the venue multiple times, and on the day of she was there and so helpful! We received a lot of compliments on how beautiful it was. It is a little pricey, but it was worth it to have our dream venue!
Byron Colby Barn is an absolutely beautiful and unique venue. One of the best parts about it is that you have the Read more...
Byron Colby Barn is an absolutely beautiful and unique venue. One of the best parts about it is that you have the opportunity to do all of the decorations yourself, so it truly becomes the venue that you pictured. Kim was fantastic and very accommodating. She let us go see the venue multiple times, and on the day of she was there and so helpful! We received a lot of compliments on how beautiful it was. It is a little pricey, but it was worth it to have our dream venue! Read less
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Becca
Wedding:
8/13/2016
4.9/5.0
Finding the Byron Colby Barn was pure luck and after the wedding we still feel that way! Kim was incredibly easy to work with and had many great recommendations for vendors. The entire process was easy and having the ability to decorate and personalize the venue to our exact specifications was absolutely wonderful. Honestly, the thing that sold me upon walking in was the fact that there was a backup plan for weather. Fortunately, we were able to have our wedding outdoors and we highly recommend using this venue for your wedding and reception! Finally, there are so many beautiful places on locatoin to take photos before and after your wedding a an added perk.
Finding the Byron Colby Barn was pure luck and after the wedding we still feel that way! Kim was incredibly easy to work Read more...
Finding the Byron Colby Barn was pure luck and after the wedding we still feel that way! Kim was incredibly easy to work with and had many great recommendations for vendors. The entire process was easy and having the ability to decorate and personalize the venue to our exact specifications was absolutely wonderful. Honestly, the thing that sold me upon walking in was the fact that there was a backup plan for weather. Fortunately, we were able to have our wedding outdoors and we highly recommend using this venue for your wedding and reception! Finally, there are so many beautiful places on locatoin to take photos before and after your wedding a an added perk. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I'm not sure where to start. There are no words to express our love for Byron Colby Barn. We recently had our reception at the barn and it was a dream. It is simply gorgeous. You can easy tailor the barn to fit your needs or style. Our wedding day was HOT & humid but our guests were so content with the temperature of the barn - which is really important. The preferred vendors list is beyond helpful. We found our photographer, restaurant, DJ, and a few other vendors on their list. Kim was a pleasure to work with and I will miss seeing her! Byron Colby was so such an intimate and relaxing venue to celebrate it with our guests. My husband is already planning to have an anniversary party at the barn in the future! :)
I'm not sure where to start. There are no words to express our love for Byron Colby Barn. We recently had our reception at Read more...
I'm not sure where to start. There are no words to express our love for Byron Colby Barn. We recently had our reception at the barn and it was a dream. It is simply gorgeous. You can easy tailor the barn to fit your needs or style. Our wedding day was HOT & humid but our guests were so content with the temperature of the barn - which is really important. The preferred vendors list is beyond helpful. We found our photographer, restaurant, DJ, and a few other vendors on their list. Kim was a pleasure to work with and I will miss seeing her! Byron Colby was so such an intimate and relaxing venue to celebrate it with our guests. My husband is already planning to have an anniversary party at the barn in the future! :) Read less
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Tom
Wedding:
5/16/2016
5.0/5.0
My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at the Byron Colby Barn with about 80 of our friends (May 2016) and were happy to find that the venue and support staff exceeded our expectations. We have attended events at the barn before but did not know what to expect as hosts.

Fortunately, the barn manager, Kim DeRose, provided very helpful information to us at various points along the planning timeline. She offered suggestions, yet did not attempt to steer us away from some of the potentially unconventional element we desired (e.g. low waste event with environmental theme). The flexibility in timing for our set up activities was especially appreciated. The feedback we received from our guests was all favorable and we feel we built a wonderful memory.
My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at the Byron Colby Barn with about 80 of our friends (May 2016) and Read more...
My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at the Byron Colby Barn with about 80 of our friends (May 2016) and were happy to find that the venue and support staff exceeded our expectations. We have attended events at the barn before but did not know what to expect as hosts.

Fortunately, the barn manager, Kim DeRose, provided very helpful information to us at various points along the planning timeline. She offered suggestions, yet did not attempt to steer us away from some of the potentially unconventional element we desired (e.g. low waste event with environmental theme). The flexibility in timing for our set up activities was especially appreciated. The feedback we received from our guests was all favorable and we feel we built a wonderful memory. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.8/5.0
The barn is definitely for the “do-it-yourself,” couple. My husband and I worked tirelessly and had the help of MANY MANY friends and family to get everything set up! It was beautiful. The grounds and barn are absolutely gorgeous. The only issue is dealing with the staff. It was difficult to get a hold of anyone. For the rehearsal time scheduled, no one was to be found. We just went along and practiced. Eventually the manager, Kim De Rose, came in. She looked at me and said, “ummm… who are you?” She was not accommodating and rude. The woman who worked the night of our wedding was sweet. If you don’t care that you are on your own and don’t need fast responses regarding your venue, this would be a beautiful affordable place to have your wedding. I loved it!
The barn is definitely for the “do-it-yourself,” couple. My husband and I worked tirelessly and had the help of MANY MANY Read more...
The barn is definitely for the “do-it-yourself,” couple. My husband and I worked tirelessly and had the help of MANY MANY friends and family to get everything set up! It was beautiful. The grounds and barn are absolutely gorgeous. The only issue is dealing with the staff. It was difficult to get a hold of anyone. For the rehearsal time scheduled, no one was to be found. We just went along and practiced. Eventually the manager, Kim De Rose, came in. She looked at me and said, “ummm… who are you?” She was not accommodating and rude. The woman who worked the night of our wedding was sweet. If you don’t care that you are on your own and don’t need fast responses regarding your venue, this would be a beautiful affordable place to have your wedding. I loved it! Read less
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Byron Colby Barn responded with the following comments:

Thank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate your feedback about our responsiveness and we'll work to do a better job on this.
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Alissa
Wedding:
9/19/2015
3.9/5.0
We had a beautiful fall wedding in the courtyard of the Byron Colby Barn followed by the reception inside the barn. It was picture perfect! We had spent a year and half planning and making Pinterest projects so when i walked in the barn before the ceremony I was brought to tears, seeing how perfect it all came together. The venue exceeded my expectations and wildest dreams. It was breathtaking!

With that being said, I want every bride to know that without a big group of friends and family, none of this would have been possible! You have to be very organized and have a lot of volunteers. (or hire a coordinator) this is a very DIY venue and you do not get to set up the night before. The day of, we had a group of about 20 volunteers meet to unload vans and two trailers full of items to decorate the barn. They arrived at 9 am and worked until about noon. We had another group of people help clean up. So that is a downside. you want your guests to be able to enjoy themselves, but you either need to hire someone to set up and clean up after the wedding or have a group of volunteers to help. You have to have all of your decorations out by midnight. My father almost missed our father/daughter dance because he was out loading some of our decorations from the courtyard into a trailer, so he wouldn't have to do it later.

Kim, the manager of the barn, was extremely helpful. We had to book the venue well over a year before the wedding date, (this place is very popular) and in that time she answered my many questions promptly. She even let me borrow some of the decorations she used for her daughters wedding that was held at the barn. She was very easy to work with and offered helpful tips. The day of the wedding we had a another coordinator from the barn, Monica. She was incredible!!! She went above and beyond by helping set up our tables and even cutting the cake! She was just so friendly and we were so grateful for all her help!
We had a beautiful fall wedding in the courtyard of the Byron Colby Barn followed by the reception inside the barn. It was Read more...
We had a beautiful fall wedding in the courtyard of the Byron Colby Barn followed by the reception inside the barn. It was picture perfect! We had spent a year and half planning and making Pinterest projects so when i walked in the barn before the ceremony I was brought to tears, seeing how perfect it all came together. The venue exceeded my expectations and wildest dreams. It was breathtaking!

With that being said, I want every bride to know that without a big group of friends and family, none of this would have been possible! You have to be very organized and have a lot of volunteers. (or hire a coordinator) this is a very DIY venue and you do not get to set up the night before. The day of, we had a group of about 20 volunteers meet to unload vans and two trailers full of items to decorate the barn. They arrived at 9 am and worked until about noon. We had another group of people help clean up. So that is a downside. you want your guests to be able to enjoy themselves, but you either need to hire someone to set up and clean up after the wedding or have a group of volunteers to help. You have to have all of your decorations out by midnight. My father almost missed our father/daughter dance because he was out loading some of our decorations from the courtyard into a trailer, so he wouldn't have to do it later.

Kim, the manager of the barn, was extremely helpful. We had to book the venue well over a year before the wedding date, (this place is very popular) and in that time she answered my many questions promptly. She even let me borrow some of the decorations she used for her daughters wedding that was held at the barn. She was very easy to work with and offered helpful tips. The day of the wedding we had a another coordinator from the barn, Monica. She was incredible!!! She went above and beyond by helping set up our tables and even cutting the cake! She was just so friendly and we were so grateful for all her help! Read less
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Gen
Wedding:
1/19/2015
5.0/5.0
We recently had our best friend's baby shower at Byron Colby Barn. The barn is simply beautiful and perfect for our theme - it has rustic feel yet charming and warm. It's set on a Prairie which gives you that farm feel without going too far from the town. It is located in the heart of Grayslake ,convenient for all our guests . All of our guests could not believe how beautiful the barn is, I couldn't imagine how much beautiful it would be during warm days where you could enjoy the courtyard and the gazebo outside.
Kim, the manager is very welcoming and cheerful. She is very easy to talk to, and right away we know we are "home". She gives suggestions and recommendations and prompt answering all our questions. She texted right away even on weekends and during her days off. The day of the party, she allowed us ample time to decorate before and clean up after, at a relax pace so that we truly could enjoy the entire celebration from beginning to the end.
From a crisp beautiful weather of January, great food, gorgeous barn , friends and family who came and Kim's help... we have ZERO complaints except the day has to end.
We recently had our best friend's baby shower at Byron Colby Barn. The barn is simply beautiful and perfect for our theme Read more...
We recently had our best friend's baby shower at Byron Colby Barn. The barn is simply beautiful and perfect for our theme - it has rustic feel yet charming and warm. It's set on a Prairie which gives you that farm feel without going too far from the town. It is located in the heart of Grayslake ,convenient for all our guests . All of our guests could not believe how beautiful the barn is, I couldn't imagine how much beautiful it would be during warm days where you could enjoy the courtyard and the gazebo outside.
Kim, the manager is very welcoming and cheerful. She is very easy to talk to, and right away we know we are "home". She gives suggestions and recommendations and prompt answering all our questions. She texted right away even on weekends and during her days off. The day of the party, she allowed us ample time to decorate before and clean up after, at a relax pace so that we truly could enjoy the entire celebration from beginning to the end.
From a crisp beautiful weather of January, great food, gorgeous barn , friends and family who came and Kim's help... we have ZERO complaints except the day has to end. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Byron Colby Barn is a beautiful place for a wedding reception! They are helpful and have lots of suggestions. Great for pictures! Would highly recommend!
Byron Colby Barn is a beautiful place for a wedding reception! They are helpful and have lots of suggestions. Great for Read more...
Byron Colby Barn is a beautiful place for a wedding reception! They are helpful and have lots of suggestions. Great for pictures! Would highly recommend! Read less
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Alejandra
Wedding:
12/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Best renovated Barn closest to Chicago, IL (50 min away) Kim DeRose and staff were very professional and helpful. DIY rustic wedding. Warm and cozy place for either indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Simply beautiful!! Facilities with all you need for your event.
Best renovated Barn closest to Chicago, IL (50 min away) Kim DeRose and staff were very professional and helpful. DIY Read more...
Best renovated Barn closest to Chicago, IL (50 min away) Kim DeRose and staff were very professional and helpful. DIY rustic wedding. Warm and cozy place for either indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Simply beautiful!! Facilities with all you need for your event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
This venue was great. They were very professional and made sure we were all set. We used their catering vendor and the food was amazing. Beautiful venue.
This venue was great. They were very professional and made sure we were all set. We used their catering vendor and the Read more...
This venue was great. They were very professional and made sure we were all set. We used their catering vendor and the food was amazing. Beautiful venue. Read less
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DEALS

Save on the cozy winter wedding of your dreams!
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Redeem In-Store   $670 Value
Plan a warm reception for your winter wedding and save 20%! Reserve the historic Byron Colby Barn for your wedding reception to take place between November 1st, 2016 - April 30th, 2017 and mention this coupon to save 20% off the price of the space rental.

Offer Expires: 04/30/2017
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