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Byron Colby Barn: Indoor Ceremony
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Byron Colby Barn


1561 Jones Point Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030

Contact:, 847-548-4062 x22



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As of May 2019:

Starts at $3845 for Fridays, and goes up from there depending on hours of rental time.

Venue Highlights

Restored historic Barn in Northern Illinois, complete with a Silo Bar inside for your reception.

Unique grounds, with plenty of photo opportunities including a gazebo, ivy wall, silo, open fields, and different buildings.

Build your own custom wedding with vendors of your choice.

Loft area for extended guest seating.

Indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony.

Terrace cocktail hour.

My Experience

I've photographed two weddings at the beautiful Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL.

There are so many great features that make this venue unique, but my favorite is probably the courtyard out back. The reception hall overlooks a brick courtyard with a different backdrop every way you look.

One of the buildings is covered in ivy, with weathered windows and a matching bench out front.

Just a short walk beyond the courtyard, through Prairie Crossing community, is a wide open field and gazebo. It makes for some more great photo opportunities for the full wedding party & couple.

Golden hour outside the barn is another moment I love to take advantage of. Depending on the time of year, we can head across the street to capture a moment in the overgrown field for a dreamy, golden look. Or we can head out back to catch the rays as they come through the trees.

The barn itself is something to see! Restored from it's original form, the weathered wood floors, giant beams and silo bar all add to the ambiance of a rustic themed wedding.

Getting married in Lake County, IL? Have a wedding guest list that sits around 160 or less? Byron Colby Barn is a great choice!

Sam and Cory decided to have their ceremony outdoors on the terrace, with their reception in the barn. Their slideshow is below.


A dairy farmer, named Byron Colby, first built the barn in 1855. Colby's butter was distributed as far as Washington state!

In 1992, the barn was set to be demolished, but George and Vicky Ranney with the help of Rick Bott - dismantled the barn carefully, and stored it for future resurrection.

Four years later, under the direction of architect Gunny Harboe, the barn was put back together at it's current location in Prairie Crossing, like a giant puzzle.

It now serves as an event venue and community center for the residents of Prairie Crossing.

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