365. Look Back at a Year in the Life of Barrington

Faces of Barrington Collage

There have been many days this past year when I’ve wondered how I’d feel when I reached day 365 here at 365Barrington.com. When I began this project, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and, deep down, I doubted whether I’d be able to do it.  But the people I met along the way who shared their stories and their time nudged me kindly along each day.  And I look back with a great sense of gratitude for the many new friends that I’ve found.

Faces of Barrington Collage

Now that day 365 has arrived, many of you have asked me, what happens next? I have a lot of plans for this website, but there is one thing that comes first.

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364. Announce the 365 Finale Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the Winners of the 365 Barrington Spring Break Photo Contest

Voters turned out in record numbers for our 365 Barrington Finale Spring Break Photo Contest. Close to 1,000 people visited 365Barrington.com yesterday alone and there were over 500 votes cast. We were able to see some of the beautiful places and ways people in Barrington spent spring break so I want to say THANK YOU to those who entered the contest and the many others who helped choose our winners.

Announcing the Winners of the 365 Barrington Spring Break Photo Contest

We had about two dozen entries and the votes started coming in quickly when we opened the poll yesterday. There were photos shared from beaches around the world, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the White House, Whistler Mountain, downtown Chicago and right here in Barrington. The competition was fierce, but the results are in. So, without further adieu and the “World’s Fastest Drumroll”…

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363. Choose The Right Hues

Epco Paint Design Consultant, Jackie Wayne

We’ve recently been painting some walls in our home to update spaces, refresh rooms and prepare for our new baby’s arrival this July.  Though picking paint colors should be a quick task, to me, it feels like I’m making a major commitment.  I worry about choosing hues that will clash, create the wrong vibe or just drive me crazy.  So this is one area where I always turn to an expert, like design consultant, Jackie Wayne at Epco Paint in Barrington.

Epco Paint Design Consultant, Jackie Wayne

I recently caught up with Jackie because I was looking for the perfect shade of neutral for our family room and a nice accent color for a nearby powder room.  I wanted paint colors that are calm and soothing, but not too boring.  Current, but not too trendy.  Light, but not too bright.  In short, I wanted her to choose for me.  But she wouldn’t let me off that easy.

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362. Vote for Your Favorite Spring Break Photos

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Well, it was fun while it lasted. But Spring Break 2011 is over in Barrington and school is officially back in session. Why not relive a little of that time off by taking a look at the photos submitted in our 365 Barrington Finale Spring Break Photo Contest? We received a bunch of cool submissions from people who left town for spring break and others who celebrated their time off right here at home. We’re calling it a “Finale” because it’s the last contest before day #365 and there are some great prizes up for grabs for THREE WINNERS!

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But we can’t choose the winners on our own. We need your help. Please take a look at this gallery of photo contest submissions and vote by checking the box by your favorites. You only have one chance to cast your votes.  Zip through and vote for your favorite or for as many photos as you’d like, but the system will only count your votes once.  No hanging chad hokey pokey here! We’ll tally the votes and we’ll reveal our winners on Wednesday right here at 365Barrington.com.

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361. If the Shoe Fits, Fix It!

Barrington Cobbler

I found it! I’ve searched high and low while writing this blog for the past 361 days and I finally found THE SOLE of Barrington. It’s housed in a little shop that you’ve surely passed a million times. One step inside and you’ll be shocked by the sharp smell of shoe polish and the sense that you’ve stepped back in time. A quick ding of the old brass desk bell on the counter reveals one of Barrington’s best kept secrets, as shoe repair man, Leonid Gokhberg, steps out from the back.

Barrington Cobbler

Leon moved from the Ukraine to Chicago back in 1979.  Take one look at his hardened hands and you’ll begin to see his story in his black stained fingertips.

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360. Win the 365 Barrington Finale Photo Contest

365 Barrington Finale Spring Break Photo Contest

Can you believe day 365 at 365Barrington.com is only 5 DAYS AWAY! I can’t believe it. And, I’ll admit, I’ve never felt relief quite like this before. It’s been a great experience, but writing one blog post every day for a year has been much more challenging than I ever imagined and I’m in the mood to celebrate! So we’ve UPPED THE ANTE for our finale photo contest prize here at 365Barrington.com and you have through Sunday night (tomorrow) to submit your pictures.

365 Barrington Finale Spring Break Photo Contest

Photo Courtesy of Emily Hernandez

We now have not one, BUT THREE awesome prizes to give away to our winners…

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359. An Opportunity of Olympic Proportions

For Sale - 1 Olympic Drive in South Barrington, Illinois

If you’re like me, you LOVE looking at properties for sale and considering the possibility of finding a new place to call home.  Well, it’s springtime in Barrington and the weekend open house activity is heating up.  There’s a great property that’s open in South Barrington this afternoon that’s only a few years old, has that open floor plan that everyone loves and is also a “sneeze away” from I-90, O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago.

For Sale - 1 Olympic Drive in South Barrington, Illinois

1 Olympic Drive - The Woods of South Barrington

This home is conveniently close to EVERYTHING, so why not come check it out from 1-4PM TODAY, Saturday, March 26th.  Take a drive by and pop inside if you want to see more. My mom, Suzanne Luby, will be the host and I promise she doesn’t bite … unless you color on the walls ;).

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358. "Hot Happenings" in Barrington for March 24-27

Barrington Dancers Perform with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Barrington dancers will be part of a special performance this weekend, “…infused with power, movement and explosive chemistry”. With a description like that, how can you miss it! About 35 of the Barrington area’s very best performers will have the honor of sharing the stage with professional dancers from Chicago’s Giordano Jazz Dance Company on Saturday night. That tops our list of Barrington “Hot Happenings” for March 24-26.

Barrington Dancers Perform with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Courtesy of Midwest Dance Collective

Late last year, several choreographers from Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago partnered up with local dance groups in a new dance initiative called the “Giordano Choreography Project” led by  Barrington High School Fine Arts Chair, Julie Salk and the Artistic Director for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.

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357. March Madness at R.S.V.P’s 2 Pizza, Bar & Grill

R.S.V.P.'s 2 Pizza, Bar and Grill

If you’re into college basketball, you probably have your nights booked for the next couple of weekends. I know watching the NCAA Basketball Regional and Final Four games is at the top of my husband’s list of things to do. And if you’d rather watch the games with friends than at home alone, I have a suggestion. There’s a great Bar and Grill in town that you might not know about if you’re new to Barrington.

It’s called R.S.V.P.’s 2 Pizza, Bar & Grill in Lake Barrington and it’s been around for 30 years. The locals know it as THE PLACE to be for catching up with old friends, making new ones or drinking ice cold beer while watching the hottest sporting events of the year. I caught up with one of the bar’s biggest fans during a recent Bears/Packers game.

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356. Get Your Beach Body Back in Just 12 Weeks

Weight Loss Success Story at Good Shepherd Health and Fitness in Barrington, Illinois

Spring just arrived on Sunday and that means the start of summer is only three months away.  If you’d like to get your beach body back by June, it’s totally possible with a Barrington program that has helped many shed up to 25 pounds in just three months.  If this sounds appealing, then do I have a story for you!   There’s a man who works in Barrington by the name of Mike Ploszek. He recently signed up for the program and swears it changed his life. In 12-weeks, he dropped 23 pounds, lost 4.5 inches from his waist, decreased his blood pressure and, some say he’s started to look a little like Brad Pitt ;). Take a look at Mike’s before and after photos and I’ll tell you how he did it.

Weight Loss Success Story at Good Shepherd Health and Fitness in Barrington, Illinois

Mike’s in his 50’s and, last fall, he says he was feeling like he needed to take charge of his weight and his health. “I was a guy who never met an M & M he didn’t eat.” He’d been watching his parents and their 80-something friends struggle with health issues and he decided to take action to improve his own health today. “I thought, if I’m not going to do something about it now, it’s not going to be a good ride for me twenty or thirty years from now.” So Mike signed up for the “12-Week Medically Based Weight Loss Program” at Good Shepherd Health and Fitness and says what happened next changed his life.  I wanted to learn more so he agreed to meet me during a recent workout.

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