When people think of a rustic wedding venue, a beautiful barn setting is often what comes to mind. The right barn wedding venue can turn a wedding experience into a truly magical and memorable one, and fortunately, the state of Illinois is home to quite a number of excellent barn venues for an unforgettable wedding event. From orchards and rolling hills to farms and vineyards, there are numerous properties throughout Illinois, including both outdoor and indoor event spaces, that offer an idyllic setting for a rustic barn wedding.
© 1912 Barn
Located in Niantic, Illinois, the 1912 Barn is a property offering a “country setting” that invites guests with a “home for the day,” and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The barn venue is easily accessible from several cities, including Champaign, Bloomington, and Springfield, and the owners, Hank and Aissa Norris, strive to help couples with hosting a memorable, one-of-a-kind wedding. The century-old 1912 Barn transports guests to a “simpler time,” and provides an ideal setting for everyone to relax with both outdoor and indoor options available for both the wedding ceremony and the reception.
990 S Meridian Ave, Niantic, IL 62551, Phone: 217-853-6058
2.A Fair Barn
© A Fair Barn
A Fair Barn is located in the city of Salem, Illinois and the setting is extraordinary for any rustic-themed special event, including weddings, family reunions, showers, and other parties. This spacious rustic pole barn, known formerly as the historic Marion County Fair Barn, is now a stunning venue for weddings. The vintage farmhouse and authentic barn provides a site for wedding ceremonies with amazing views, with couples exchanging their vows under a beautiful arch while surrounded by gorgeous landscaping, flowers, and waterfalls in front of their family and friends. The ceremony can also be held in the Barn or Gazebo.
3416 Hotze Rd, Salem, IL 62881, Phone: 618-740-1515
3.Barn Weddings at Southern Charm Venues, Inc.
© Barn Weddings at Southern Charm Venues, Inc.
Barn Weddings at Southern Charm Venues, Inc. is a family-owned and operated wedding business that brings plenty of country charm to the Illinois suburbs, aiming to make a couple’s “Special Day” one everyone remembers. Situated only minutes away from downtown Frankfort, Barn Weddings at Southern Charm Venues provides a venue with glam, rustic shabby chic wedding ambiance, while still being conveniently located near the suburbs and the city. Amenities include a private bridal suite, rustic shabby chic decor, unique chandeliers, a decorated sweets and cake area, tables and chairs, photo props, elegant climate-controlled and handicapped-accessible washrooms, and more.
23504 S. Harlem Ave, Frankfort, IL 60423, Phone: 815-464-7600
© Barnacopia, LLC
Barnacopia in the town of Polo, Illinois is an old-style timber-frame barn, with a highlight of a rotating John Deere 620 tractor. While the main floor has the feel and look of a wooden floor, it is made of stamped concrete, and an elevator that services the barn’s three floors is disguised to retain the look of a barn. Classic cars are on display on the second floor, which also features a “drive-in movie theater.” Barnacopia is able to accommodate weddings with as many as 400 people, and while the venue has a list of recommended caterers, couples can choose their own vendors.
2570 NW Branch Rd, Polo, IL 61064, Phone: 815-946-2500
5.Big Red Barn
© Big Red Barn
The Big Red Barn in Mackinaw, Illinois boasts an event space of more than ten thousand square feet and is ideal for memorable rustic weddings and many other special events. The venue offers a variety of options for both outdoor and indoor events, including covered outdoor spaces and a bonfire possible for cooler evenings. The family-owned and operated Big Red Barn also offers picturesque views and a great backdrop for photos. The venue has an open-vendor policy, allowing couples to choose their own caterers. The Big Red Barn is also a working farm and is only available from April to October.
32597 Hay Rd, Mackinaw, IL 61755, Phone: 309-613-0169
© Bloomfield Barn
The construction and design of the Bloomfield Barn IN Chrisman, Illinois pays homage to barns of an era gone by, however, it offers all of the modern conveniences needed for the enjoyment and comfort of guests. The venue is air-conditioned during the summer months and offers radiant floor heat during the winter months, providing a secluded, quiet, and always comfortable barn for a perfect rustic wedding celebration, along with outdoor ceremony sites. The Bloomfield Barn benefits from a convenient location of around a mile from the state highway, however, once at the venue, it’s like the world around it fades away.
18444 N. 1600th St, Chrisman, IL 61924, Phone: 217-508-7599
7.Bluestem Farm & Events
Constructed during the early part of the 1900’s, the De Graslanden barn at Bluestem Farm and Events is completely vintage, with just a “touch of modern.” Formerly a dairy barn, the two-level space today has been transformed into an elegant and classic event barn and wedding venue with several modern amenities couples and their wedding guests have come to expect. The Bluestem Farm is open seasonally from May 1st until November 1st and features numerous amenities, such as whiskey barrel cocktail tables and a rustic bar, heat and air-conditioning, indoor restrooms, an elevator, outdoor patio, three-acre lawn, and more.
9316 IL-173, Hebron, IL 60034, Phone: 815-355-1121
The family-owned and operated BrighterDaze Farm is a beautiful horse farm and wedding venue in Newark, Illinois. What started out as a Rocky Mountain Horse breeding facility and has now also become an idyllic country setting for amazing wedding celebrations. The spacious and private 50-acre BrighterDaze Farm features a barn offering eight thousand square feet of event space, and its location far off of the road provides a secluded and enjoyable experience for both the wedding couples and their guests. While the farm is a bit off the beaten path, downtown Yorkville is only ten minutes away.
10978 Crimmin Rd, Newark, IL 60541, Phone: 630-774-0042
© Engelbrecht Farm
Located in Paxton, the Engelbrecht Farm offers the quintessential country setting for a rustic-themed wedding event. The venue has a simple motivation of making guests feel as if they’ve arrived at their own family farm. Couples and their wedding guests can relax with wide-open spaces and fresh country breezes as they take in the century-old, charming property. While animals are no longer raised on the Engelbrecht Farm, a number of crops are still grown here, such as wheat, soybeans, and corn. The venue allows couples the ability and time to do their own decorating, as well bring in their own catering.
275 N 1400E Rd, Paxton, IL 60957, Phone: 217-377-8680
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10.Hoosier Grove Barn
Originally a working dairy farm, the Hoosier Grove Barn is a historic and beautiful venue in Streamwood, Illinois that dates back to the year 1888. With the interior fully renovated, the barn offers all the modern amenities needed for weddings and other special events, without the rustic charm being compromised. The Hoosier Grove Barn includes a gorgeous main floor event space, in which romantic twinkle lights and the warmth provided by the barn wood create a perfect atmosphere for a couple’s special day. There is also a bridal loft that is available for the bridal party to get ready.
700 W Irving Park Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107, Phone: 630-483-3135
© Hudson Farm
Situated in the city of Urbana, Hudson Farm Weddings and EVents offers a picturesque and unique country setting. The family-owned and operated rustic property is an ideal place to host a beautiful country-themed wedding event that both the couple and all of their wedding guests will remember for years to come. Offering both outdoor and indoor event spaces, the Hudson Farm is able to accommodate as many as three hundred guests. Also, the wedding packages offered are very flexible and don’t have any time restrictions. Amenities offered include bathroom facilities, a dressing room, and valet parking for elderly and handicapped guests.
1341 County Road 1800 E, Urbana, IL 61802, Phone: 217-840-0373
12.Marlene's Event Barn
Marlene’s Event Barn in the town of Metamora, Illinois is a great venue for couples wanting a private and peaceful setting for their wedding day. The 5,300-square-foot event barn is set upon approximately eleven beautiful acres of grasslands and woods. In addition to plenty of room for a memorable wedding reception, Marlene’s Event Barn also includes an on-site space for wedding ceremonies, a 700-square-foot covered outdoor patio, a bar, and a catering kitchen. There is also a bridal suite that can be used for getting ready the day of the event. The venue has an open-vendor policy as well.
1380 Hickory Point Rd, Metamora, IL 61548, Phone: 309-229-1650
For anyone dreaming of getting married surrounded by white-fenced green pastures full of Kentucky Derby Bloodline Race Horses, the Northfork Farm and Estate in Oswego, Illinois is the answer to their dreams. This country-style, yet elegant wedding venue provides an idyllic property of outdoor wedding celebrations. Along with the beautiful outdoor spaces, there are also indoor event spaces available, and weddings with up to three hundred guests can be accommodated at the farm, such as in the horse barn area or the permanent on-site tent. The wheelchair-accessible venue also provides a bridal suites and offers both valet and on-site parking.
1998 Johnson Rd, Oswego, IL 60543, Phone: 815-768-5400
14.Parker Run Vineyards - Wedding Barn Venue, Quad Cities Area
© Parker Run Vineyards - Wedding Barn Venue, Quad Cities Area
Located on the outskirts of New Windsor, ther Parker Run Vineyards is a complement to the “great outdoors,” reflecting a restored heritage from simpler times. Couples can conveniently hosts their entire wedding event at the property, including the wedding ceremony, cocktail hours, and a grand wedding reception. Two different event venues are situated on the gorgeous vineyards: the Brooder House and the historic Red Barn, which provides a truly rustic backdrop. The picturesque grounds also include open grassy lawns, white rail fencing, grapevines, and a gazebo with views of the lake, offering plenty of opportunities for amazing wedding photos.
1116 330th St, Windsor, IL 61465, Phone: 309-236-2106
15.Roads End Ranch Weddings/Events
© Roads End Ranch Weddings/Events
Roads End Ranch Weddings and Events is nestled within Illinois’s Wabash County where a dirt road ends, hence the name. The horse, surrounding area, and beautiful acreage at the ranch offers an ideal venue for a country or rustic-themed wedding, both small and large The beautiful scenery and quiet surroundings help make events even more memorable and meaningful. The Roads End Ranch is able to host wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, and other special events with up to three hundred guests and provides plenty of space for parking. The barn itself can accommodate around fifty people with chairs and tables.
7751 N 2100 Blvd, Mt Carmel, IL 62863, Phone: 618-599-8511
© Schwarz Barn
The Schwarz Barn in the city of Highland, Illinois is a great setting for a rustic wedding ceremony or wedding reception, providing an ideal choice for any couple looking for a barn wedding venue in the southwestern region of the state, or even as far as St. Louis right across the Illinois/Missouri border. Strictly a venue for weddings, the Schwarz Barn offers enough space for the entire wedding celebration and features a bar room, a kitchen, and bathrooms. Constructed back in the year 1934, the barn still boasts loads of historic character, even with the renovations that have been done.
5004 IL-160, Highland, IL 62249, Phone: 618-570-6688
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17.Summer Breeze Barn Venue
Once an abandoned old barn, the Summer Breeze Barn has been transformed into a rustic and charming event venue in Farina, Illinois. Whether the event is a wedding, an anniversary party, reunion, or other special event, the people who run the Summer Breeze Barn Venue strive to set themselves apart by providing all-inclusive events and take all of the stress away from planning so clients and all guests can simply enjoy the event. The venue offers a relaxed, rural country setting, perfect for a dream rustic barn wedding. Summer Breeze also features several large windows for taking in the scenic country scenery.
1499 N 2170 St, Farina, IL 62838, Phone: 618-322-6330
18.The Barn at Allen Acres Wedding
© The Barn at Allen Acres Wedding
The Barn at Allen Acres is a historic landmark in the Rock Falls area of Illinois, as well as a stunning destination for a barn wedding celebration. The barn was originally a part of a 1920’s dairy farm, now beautifully restored and transformed into a wedding venue. The property boasts an abundance of rustic and traditional appeal, the most essential part of a typical “barn wedding.” There’s vintage barn doors, exposed beams, and hay bale seating in the rustic chic barn, providing a blend of simplicity and style. The charming setting offers plenty of space for all kinds of receptions.
2206 Prophet Road, Rock Falls, IL 61071, Phone: 847-687-3348
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19.The Barn at Fairview Acres
© The Barn at Fairview Acres
Located in Biggsville, Illinois, The Barn at Fairview Acres is an excellent event venue for weddings, holiday parties, family reunions, and many other special events. Along with a beautiful setting, the venue offers quite a few amenities at guests’ disposal during events, such as access to the Corncrib, Pond, Courtyard, and the surrounding land. The grounds include Prairie Trails to explore, which are particularly great for photos, as well as a fire pit and yard games. For the wedding couple, The Barn at Fairview Acres also provides The Bridal Suite and The Groom Bin, where the wedding party can get ready and relax.
1632 State Hwy 94, Biggsville, IL 61418, Phone: 309-337-7465
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20.The Barn At Hornbaker Gardens
The Barn At Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, Illinois is open year-round, offering a great hall with air conditioning or heat that is able to accommodate as many as 350 guests for weddings and other events. The barn’s exterior is cedar sided, as well as stained to give it the look of an old barn, while the interior consists of real looking vinyl plank floors, a wood ceiling, exposed wood posts, numerous windows, chandeliers, and painted walls. The ambiance of the great room of The Barn At Hornbaker Gardens can be anything from elegant to rustic, depending on the decor.
22937 1140 N. Ave, Princeton, IL 61356, Phone: 815-659-3282
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21.The Big Red Barn
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Situated in the heart of Illinois’s southern region in McLeansboro, The Big Red Barn offers a rustic farm setting for memorable and elegant, yet rustic weddings, as well as other private and corporate events. The 2,000-square-foot unique event space is available to host events throughout the entire year, offering a variety of comfortable and scenic outdoor and indoor event spaces. The property includes acres of outdoor scenic nature, a beautiful lake, a mill house, a covered bridge, and plenty of exclusive and intimate natural ambience. The Big Red Barn is able to accommodate up to 250 guests.
1108 S Hancock St, McLeansboro, IL 62859, Phone: 618-927-2624
22.The Brauer Barn
Owners Molly and Jason Brauer originally renovated this rustic barn in the town of Winnebago in 2016 for their own wedding. The couple decided to open it to the public as a wedding venue after seeing the excitement throughout their community about the barn’s transformation. The Brauer Barn features red paneling and original wood siding and hardwood floors, giving is a true, authentic rustic feel. The handicap-accessible venue include parking, a handicap ramp, a deck, a dry bar, and indoor plumbing. The scenery surrounding the iconic and beautiful barn features well-maintained landscaping, green grass, and rolling hills.
9151 Edwardsville Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088, Phone: 815-519-2653
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23.The Byron Colby Barn
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Tucked away in a scenic setting of Grayslake in Illinois, The Byron Colby Barn offers an ideal venue for a rustic-themed romantic wedding. Built as a dairy barn in 1885, the venue has received the distinctions of “Best Budget Wedding Venue” by Chicago Magazine and the “Best Local Place to Get Married” by the Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Awards. The shabby-chic, homey event space features antique furniture, a grand piano, and high ceilings, which give the Byron Colby Barn a country elegance. The venue, which offers stunning views of Lake Aldo Leopold, is especially popular for couples wanting a “do-it-yourself” wedding.
1561 Jones Point Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030, Phone: 847-543-1202
24.Walnut Grove Farm
© Walnut Grove Farm
Located in Knoxville, the Walnut Grove Farm is a premier destination in the central Illinois area for a vintage farm wedding celebration. In addition to being a wedding venue, the property also offers bed-and-breakfast accommodations. Walnut Grove provides a scenic and historic setting of a farmland from the nineteenth century and has been hosting weddings for over fifteen years. Couples can have an intimate wedding ceremony in the farm’s stately walnut grove, with a reception following in the barn or outdoors surrounded by the farm’s natural beauty. The custom floral design allows couples to suggest color schemes and flowers guided by expertise.
1455 Knox Station Road, Knoxville, IL 61448, Phone: 309 289-4770
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24 Best Illinois Barn Wedding Venues
- 1912 Barn, Photo: 1912 Barn
- A Fair Barn, Photo: A Fair Barn
- Barn Weddings at Southern Charm Venues, Inc., Photo: Barn Weddings at Southern Charm Venues, Inc.
- Barnacopia, LLC, Photo: Barnacopia, LLC
- Big Red Barn, Photo: Big Red Barn
- Bloomfield Barn, Photo: Bloomfield Barn
- Bluestem Farm & Events, Photo: natalysavina/stock.adobe.com
- BrighterDaze Farm, Photo: Svetlana/stock.adobe.com
- Engelbrecht Farm, Photo: Engelbrecht Farm
- Hoosier Grove Barn, Photo: jul14ka/stock.adobe.com
- Hudson Farm, Photo: Hudson Farm
- Marlene's Event Barn, Photo: hannon/stock.adobe.com
- Northfork Farm, Photo: Nadtochiy/stock.adobe.com
- Parker Run Vineyards - Wedding Barn Venue, Quad Cities Area, Photo: Parker Run Vineyards - Wedding Barn Venue, Quad Cities Area
- Roads End Ranch Weddings/Events, Photo: Roads End Ranch Weddings/Events
- Schwarz Barn, Photo: Schwarz Barn
- Summer Breeze Barn Venue, Photo: MyArtisticView/stock.adobe.com
- The Barn at Allen Acres Wedding, Photo: The Barn at Allen Acres Wedding
- The Barn at Fairview Acres, Photo: The Barn at Fairview Acres
- The Barn At Hornbaker Gardens, Photo: natalysavina/stock.adobe.com
- The Big Red Barn, Photo: AS Photo Project/stock.adobe.com
- The Brauer Barn, Photo: vikovik/stock.adobe.com
- The Byron Colby Barn, Photo: Olga Dobrikova/stock.adobe.com
- Walnut Grove Farm, Photo: Walnut Grove Farm
- Cover Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com