334. Outfit Your Kids with "Growing Cents of Style"

Designer Children's Clothing Sold on Consignment in Barrington, Illinois

It’s that time of year again! Two Barrington moms are hosting a their seasonal boutique and designer children’s clothing and baby gear consignment sale this week and they’re busy setting up as we speak.

Designer Children's Clothing Sold on Consignment in Barrington, Illinois

Over 230 consignors have contributed more than 14,000 items to this week’s four-day sale which starts this Thursday, March 3rd and runs through Sunday, March 6th.

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333. Predict and Critique the 2011 Academy Awards

Barrington Predicts the 2011 Academy Award Winners

We didn’t even have to watch last night’s Academy Awards to know who the winners were. All you had to do was take a look at our 2011 Barrington Oscar Poll. Last night’s top winners were all predicted by Barrington movie fans right here at 365Barrington.com.

Barrington Predicts the 2011 Academy Award Winners

You called it right, but what did you think of the show? I have a few critiques that leave me with an urge to apologize. But I’m sharing my thoughts and sticking to ’em today, about the hosts, the winners, the thankers and the criers…

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332. Cast Your Votes in the Barrington Oscar Poll

Barrington's Favorites for the 2011 Academy Awards

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are tomorrow night and I thought it would be fun to post a quick survey and see who you think should take home the top awards this year.

Barrington's Favorites for the 2011 Academy Awards

Whether you have your own favorites or predictions for this year’s Academy picks, take a minute to vote for these three categories and we’ll reveal the Barrington Oscar Poll Results tomorrow night.

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331. Barrington Open House HOT LIST for Sun. 2/27

Tour Barrington Homes for Sale

It’s Friday and that means we’re talking real estate today at 365Barrington.com. I’m sharing a weekly list of Sunday open houses in Barrington along with a quick update about the 60010 real estate market.

Tour Barrington Homes for Sale

I just took a look at the 2011 year-to-date residential real estate sales in Barrington and compared that to the same time period in 2010…

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330. Show Your Stuff at the Barrington Art Festival

Youth Art Division at the Barrington Art Festival

With more snow in the overnight forecast, I’m happy to have reason to show you this photo I took during last May’s Barrington Art Festival. Puffy clouds, bright blue skies, sleeveless shirts and, yes, Barrington’s 2011 Memorial Day Weekend Art Festival are right around the corner. Do you remember how hot it was during last year’s festival? I do! Now I’m daydreaming….about sunshine and summer fun. (sigh) Ok, I’m back. Anyway, Barrington Art Festival organizers have just started recruiting all “youth” artists who want to feature their work this year.

Youth Art Division at the Barrington Art Festival

The company that runs Barrington’s art festival, Amdur Productions, just opened the application process for the festival’s Youth Art Division.

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329. “Guess Where Wednesday” & Last Week’s Winner

365 Barrington Mystery Photo

With last week’s mystery photo we challenged you to identify the buildings and streets shown in a “Birdseye View of Historic Barrington” and we consulted with a local history expert who chose our winner.  We’ll announce the winner in just a minute, but first, here’s a look at our brand new mystery photo of the week taken by Barrington photographer, Anthony Tortoriello.  Can you guess where in Barrington Anthony was standing when he took this picture?

365 Barrington Mystery Photo
Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello & AtortPhotography.com

We have a great new prize for the winner of this new photo contest.  But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner.  Barbara Benson, local historian and author of the book, They Builded Better than They Knew: Historical Perspectives of the Barrington Area, reviewed the submissions for accuracy and chose the guesser whose answer most thoroughly described the Barrington landmarks in last week’s “history mystery photo”.  And the winner is…

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328. Barrington Crime Scene Investigators Class

Barrington Crime Scene Investigators Class

You’ve seen it on TV. The crime happens, the evidence is collected and the crime is solved, all within an hour! Let’s face it. The TV version of CSI doesn’t quite paint an accurate picture of a true crime scene investigator. But you can see, first-hand, how the pros solve crimes by signing up for a brand new class being offered by the Barrington Park District.

Barrington Crime Scene Investigators Class

“CSI Barrington” classes are offered for adults and teens and start next week on Monday, February 28th.

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327. "One Book One Barrington" Finale Party

One Book One Barrington Book Discussion

If you currently belong to or have always wanted to join a book club, there’s a cool event happening at the Barrington Area Library this Friday night that will help you connect with others who love to read and share ideas about books. The library is hosting a brand new program called “One Book One Barrington” this month, where everybody reads the same book and gets together to discuss the book’s themes. The book this month is called “Listening is an Act of Love”.

One Book One Barrington Book Discussion

“Listening is an Act of Love” is a collection of personal interviews from the StoryCorps project.

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326. Bring Sexy Back with a Girls’ Night Out

Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Girls Spa Night

Blizzard, rain and overall winter blahs have you feeling down and dull? A Barrington business has a plan that’s bringing sexy back. The Shepherd Spa is hosting a “Girls Night Out” this upcoming Thursday to help you renew your gorgeous glow while sipping wines by the pool.

Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Girls Spa Night

The event will be hosted at the Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center on Thursday, February 24th and there’s still space available.  So grab a few gal pals and plan your night of rest and relaxation.

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324. Barrington Open House HOT LIST for Sun. 2/20

Tour Barrington Homes for Sale

With Super Bowl Sunday, Groundhog Day and the 2011 Blizzard behind us, the unofficial start of the 2011 spring real estate season has arrived. It’s that time of year when buyers restart their searches and homeowners prepare to put their properties on the market.  For anyone who is thinking of selling, now is definitely the time to get serious. To help give you a feel for some of the new homes coming on the market here in the Barrington area, we’re going to start sharing a weekly list of scheduled weekend open houses in zip code 60010, starting with this Sunday, Febraury 20th.

Tour Barrington Homes for Sale

Weekend open houses in Barrington are typically held from 1-4PM and there are 15 homes on the 60010 open house tour for this Sunday.  Of the 15, most are open from 1PM until 4PM.  But four of these properties are only open from 1 until 3PM and those are the homes at 219 George, 152 W. Lake Shore Drive, 764 Golf and 200 Weatherstone.  If you visit any of these homes this Sunday, let them know Liz sent you ;).

Liz Luby Chepell 847-691-3150 Liz@365Barrington.com

I’d love to hear your feedback and, if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, I’m happy to be a resource.  If you’d like to share your thoughts about the local real estate market, feel free to start a conversation in the comments box at the end of this post.  Please call me anytime to talk real estate at 847-691-3150, or shoot me an email Liz@365Barrington.com. I’m always a phone call or an email away and, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for our market to fire back up again!  In the meantime, here’s a a look at the full list of scheduled open houses in Barrington for this Sunday, February 20, 2011…

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323. MOVE IT! MOVE IT! with King Julien

King Julien from Madagascar Performs Live in South Barrington

Here’s a quick heads-up about an fun event for kids that’s happening TOMORROW MORNING at 10:30AM! King Julien from “Madagascar Live” is making a stop at Pinstripes in South Barrington. He’ll be performing his hit song, “I Like to Move It, Move It” to promote his big show coming to town in March.

King Julien from Madagascar Performs Live in South Barrington

The Arboretum of South Barrington is inviting kids and families to enjoy King Julien’s song and then meet him after the performance.

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322. "Guess Where Wednesday" & Last Week’s Winner

Downtown Barrington, Illinois

If you’re fascinated by local history and the photos of yesteryear, I hope you’ll enjoy our new mystery photo this week. There’s some history involved with last week’s mystery photo as well and we’ll reveal that winner in just a minute. But first, I want to share this week’s “history mystery” photo. It’s an image that the Barrington Area Library has in its archives. It’s a birdseye view of Barrington taken in the early 20th century.  And if you can name name any of the streets or historic buildings shown in this photograph, you’ll be eligible for this week’s prize.  Plus, there will be a special bonus prize for anyone who can guess where the photographer was standing when he took this picture!

Downtown Barrington, Illinois
Photo Courtesy of the Barrington Area Library

I’ve asked a local Barrington historian to review today’s mystery photo and we’ll share her analysis when we reveal the winner on Wednesday of next week.  We’ll also get to our new prize in just a minute. But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner. Just moments ago we drew the winning name and it is…

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321. Salsa Night at L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie

Salsa Class at L'Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie at the South Barrington Arboretum

If you’ve ever wanted to watch and learn from professional Salsa dancers, this could be your week! There’s a Salsa dancing lesson planned this upcoming Thursday night followed by three hours of dancing to a live Salsa band at L’Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie in South Barrington.

Salsa Class at L'Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie at the South Barrington Arboretum

They’re reconfiguring the dining room Thursday night to make space for the hour-long beginner dance lesson which lasts from 8-9PM and there will be a Salsa expert on hand…

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