Barn Space

The Barn is a do-it-yourself venue, offering you the flexibility to create the barn wedding or other event of your dreams. A professional licensed caterer must provide all food service, and a licensed and insured bartender must be hired to operate your bar.

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, and purchase your own beverages for significant costs savings. 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!

Rental Hours

Monday – Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – midnight
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Capacity

Up to 160 guests can be accommodated with seating both on the main floor and loft.

Download Floor Plan

The Barn was recognized as the 2011 Best Budget Wedding Venue by Chicago Magazine and one of the 2013 Best Local Place to Get Married in the Daily Herald™ Readers Choice Awards.

Read about what others have to say about their wedding experiences at the Barn.

“The bride and groom would like me to convey their gratitude and appreciation for helping to make the evening a wonderful success. The Barn is an exceptionally lovely setting for a winter event. The warm and magical feel of the candle-lit Barn lent itself to the romance and intimacy of the occasion, and although I had my doubts, the main floor was ample room for an evening of non-stop dancing. Thank you again for a wonderful evening.”

Mrs. Shelia Ryndak

Rental Pricing – 2017

Weekend dates are in high demand and book quickly!

Monday – Thursday Rentals

Monday – Thursday rentals of the Byron Colby Barn include 5 event hours, plus free decorating time beginning 1 hour prior to your event start time. These discounted rates can only be booked within 6 weeks of the date. Extend your rental period for $300 per additional event hour, and select a professional caterer that is not one of our Preferred Vendors for an extra $400. These “last minute” rates may also be available on weekends, but only within 6 weeks of the date.

  • 30 people or less: $300
  • 31-50 people: $500
  • 51-100 people: $700
  • 101-160 people: $1000

Friday Rentals

2017 Friday Rental Fee: $3,645

Friday rentals of the Byron Colby Barn include 5 event hours, plus free decorating time beginning at 9 a.m.

Extend your rental period for $300 per additional event hour, and/or decorate the preceding Thursday at 9 a.m. for $250. Select a professional caterer that is not one of our Preferred Vendors for an extra $400.

Saturday Rentals

2017 Saturday (or Saturday equivalent) Rental Fee: $4,145

Saturday or Saturday equivalent rentals of the Byron Colby Barn include 5 event hours, plus free decorating time beginning at 9 a.m.

Extend your rental period for $300 per additional event hour. Select a professional caterer that is not one of our Preferred Vendors for an extra $400.

Sunday Rentals

2017 Sunday Rental Fee: $3,645 or $2,945 for events with less than 75 attendees.

Sunday rentals of the Byron Colby Barn include 5 event hours, plus free use of the Barn for decorating beginning at 11 a.m.

Extend your rental period for $300 per additional event hour. Select a professional caterer that is not one of our Preferred Vendors for an extra $400.

Last Minute Rentals

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dates can be rented at “last minute” rates when booked within 6 weeks of the date. These “last minute” rates are listed in the Monday – Thursday section above, and are only available for “last minute” reservations within 6 weeks of the event date.

Included Items with Venue Fee

Renting the Byron Colby Barn includes use of a variety of items, without additional charge. Interior space in the Byron Colby Barn measures 47′ x 35′ in the main room, 19′ x 32′ in the loft, and 16′ in diameter in the silo. While the Barn has central air conditioning/heating, the silo does not, and may not be ideal space during extreme cold and/or heat.

The Byron Colby Barn is furnished with antique wooden tables and chairs, ready for your decorative touch. All furniture must remain in the Barn and be used indoors, except as noted below, and may not be moved between floors. In addition to guest seating, some of the rectangular tables can be used for the dinner buffet, head table, place card table, and/or sweets table.

  • 15 antique wooden tables (91″ x 33″) on the main floor. Tables seat a maximum of 10 people each, though 8 is more comfortable.
  • 140 comfortable folding chairs.
  • 6 round tables (53″ in diameter) in the loft. Tables seat a maximum of 7 people each, though only 6 each using the chairs provided by the Barn.
  • 32 antique wooden chairs in the loft.

  • 3 cabaret tables that can be raised from regular to highboy height, for use inside or outside.
  • Yamaha Nippon Gakki piano
  • 3 highchairs
  • Podium
  • 2 step stools and a ladder for decorating
  • The Byron Colby Barn also provides free Wifi access. On the day of your event, the access code will be provided to you by the Barn Staff.
  • For weddings with an on-site ceremony, free rehearsal time is provided on Thursday afternoon/evening, or Friday or Saturday between 2-3 p.m.