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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319. 50 Ways to Woo Your Lover (In Barrington) Part II

Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check it out.  We shared the first 25 suggestions on our list of 50 Ways to Woo Your Lover this Valentine’s Day in Barrington.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

Today, we’re following up with the second half of our list.  Well, almost. We’re saving #50 for tomorrow. But if you didn’t find the perfect gift idea yesterday, read on…

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318. 50 Ways to Woo Your Lover (In Barrington) Part I

Valentine's Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

Valentine’s Day is just two days away and, if you haven’t found something for your Valentine yet, never fear. We’ve compiled a list of 50 ways to score some big points with your significant other, without leaving Barrington.

Valentine's Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

Please feel free to add your two cents by offering some romantic ideas of your own. Anyone can leave a comment on this blog, just by clicking HERE or by filling out the comments box at the very bottom of this post. In the meantime, here we go. Get ready for loads of ideas that will keep your main squeeze longing for your love…

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317. Say "I Love You" with the Fresh Flower Market

Barrington Fresh Flower Market

Business is blooming this weekend at the Fresh Flower Market on Main Street. They’re busy taking orders and designing flower arrangements for valentines throughout Barrington. The woman behind the bouquets knows a thing or two about surprising sweethearts. Fresh Flower Market owner, Liz Bremner, first stepped behind the scenes of a flower shop on Valentine’s day when she was only 14-years-old.

Barrington Fresh Flower Market

“My mother worked in a flower shop and it was Valentine’s Day and they needed extra help cleaning roses and helping prep things for the holiday. And I’ve been working in flower shops ever since.”

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316. Take a Minute to Remember Your Honeymoon

Liz and Bill Were Here

Four years ago today, my husband Bill and I were married. Not long after that, we found out we were expecting, moved to Barrington, had our first child, had a second baby and now we’re expecting our third.  It’s easy to forget who you used to be with so many major life changes taking place in such a short time.  Thankfully, wedding anniversaries give you reason to to reflect and remember your relationship’s beginnings.

I have to make this one quick because…it’s our anniversary, of course!  But I took a look back at some photos from our honeymoon tonight and found this picture we took on the beach at Hanalei Bay. It reminded me of so many favorite memories and this passage I once read…

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315. "Guess Where Wednesday" and Our New Winner

Mystery Photo Contest at 365Barrington.com

We skipped our mystery photo contest last Wednesday due to the Blizzaster of 2011, so we have a new winner to announce.  Remember the Hot Dog mystery photo from a couple of Wednesdays ago?  We’ll reveal that winning guesser in just a minute.  But first, here’s our new mystery photo of the week.  Can you guess where in Barrington I was when I took this picture?

Mystery Photo Contest at 365Barrington.com

We’ll get to this week’s prize in a minute. But first, let’s talk about our latest winner. Just moments ago my two-year-old drew the winning name and it is…

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