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!

15th Annual Early Music Series
If you're committed in 2017 to expanding your horizons and to getting out and experiencing all that your local community has to offer, then we have some great opportunities for you.
Mark your calendars for all the upcoming 2016-2017 Early Music Series concerts, featuring highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods:    
  • Sun., Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. - Schola Antiqua
  • Sun., Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. - Weissduo
  • Sun., Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. - Vox 3 Collective
  • Sun., Mar. 19 at 4 p.m. - Chicago Recorder Quartet 
Admission to individual Early Music Series concerts is $20 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.
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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Schola Antiqua - 4 p.m. Sun. Jan. 8

Come hear Schola Antiqua as they  perform " Murder in the Cathedral" under artistic director Michael Alan Anderson.
The program features songs from the thirteenth century through the fifteenth century for the famously slain Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Following his brutal murder and subsequent canonization, Thomas was venerated with gestures of cultural expression, and the saint's shrine in Canterbury Cathedral became an important destination for pilgrims. 
Spanning an array of genres, Schola Antiqua's concert recounts the stories and varied perceptions of Thomas.
For more information, visit
Weissduo - 4 p.m. Sun. Jan. 29

In 1743, the famous Silvius Leopold Weiss, lutenist and theorbist in the Dresden Orchestra and one of the highest paid musicians in Europe, visited the home of JS Bach along with his student Kropfganss. Bach's son reported that some extra fine music was heard during this visit. In this program, lutenist Joel Spears is joined by violinist Janelle Davis in recreating the moment of musical genius when Bach created a violin contrepartie to Weiss's original lute solo creation. Also included is music for violin and lute by Haydn and Rust.
For more information, visit
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.
Other Upcoming Events
Food & Farming Films
Don't miss the two critically-acclaimed films about food and farming that we're showing in early 2017 at the Byron Colby Barn. Both are FREE (although we suggest a $5/person donation) and both will offer panel discussions as well for more dialogue and deeper learning. The Byron Colby Barn does have limited seating capacity, so please register in advance to secure your seat. To learn more, view trailers, and register, visit .
7 p.m. Wed., January 11, 2017
This film weaves together expert analysis of America's food system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community in central Illinois. A panel discussion will be held afterwards with guests Marty Travis (the farmer featured in the movie), Jen Miller (co-owner of Prairie Wind Farm and director of farm entrepreneurship at the Liberty Prairie Foundation), and Matt Wechsler (creative director of the film).
At the Fork
7 p.m. Mon., February 20, 2017
Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife, Lisa, go on an odyssey around the country to better understand how farm animals are raised for our consumption. It's an unbiased, nuanced, enlightening, and personal film. Panelists will include: Cliff McConville (All Grass Farms), Marc Ayers (Humane Society of the U.S., which is sponsoring the showing of this film), and Mike Sands (Liberty Prairie Foundation & Bean Hollow Farm).

To learn more and register, visit You can also contact Michelle at
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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 501(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.  

Winter Weddings at the Barn

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 newsletter to save 20% off the price of the space rental.

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