93. Great New Year’s Parties in Barrington

New Year's Eve Parties in Barrington, Illinois

If you’re still looking for a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the start of 2012, there are some great places in Barrington hosting huge parties!

You don’t have to go far to ring in the new year with festive crowds, live music and even balloon drops for kids AND adults. Plus, there’s a great New Year’s Day Brunch scheduled for this Sunday…

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92. Celebrate Miracles on the Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah in Barrington

 Menorahs are glowing brightly tonight, the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. Though I don’t know as much as I’d like to about the Jewish holiday, I love that these little sparkling lights symbolize triumph, hope and miracles, the stuff of so many of our most cherished traditions. Because I’ve never celebrated this holiday before, … Read more…

91. Survive Christmas

Post - Scary Christmas Elf

 What just happened?  For me, the holiday hit like a Christmas tsunami this year, leaving a debris-field of pine needles and toys in its wake.  I couldn’t get our dead, u-chop-your-own-Christmas-tree out of the house fast enough yesterday. And I’m so relieved that all signs of wrapping paper, along with that scary Christmas shelf-elf, are … Read more…

90. It’s a Christmas TIE at 365Barrington.com!

"Santa Terror at Egg Harbor Cafe" - Courtesy of Laura Fishman

Two of our “Scared of Santa” photos were neck-and-neck throughout the day yesterday so it’s fitting that the day, and our contest, ended with a Christmas TIE!

There were many votes cast in our contest this week and both winners received exactly 48.95% of the vote.

The elves at Brilliant Sky Toys in Lake Zurich agreed to split the $100 prize in half. So I have in my hand two $50 gift certificates to purchase toys for two truly traumatized children. Now that’s making up for the laughs we shared at their expense! Read on to see the winning photos…

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89. Cast Your Vote for 365 Barrington’s Best Santa Photo

"Brothers Smirk at Screaming Sister" - Courtesy of D.J. Fett

 365 Barrington’s best “Bad Santa” photos of 2011 are in and now it’s time for a vote!  We have three contestants who are in the running to receive one $100 gift certificate to purchase goodies at Brilliant Sky Toys in Deer Park. The photo that gets the most votes, wins, and voting is easy!  Just … Read more…

88. Kids’ Shopping Day at the Barrington Home Shoppe

Kids Holiday Shopping Day at the Barrington Home Shoppe

Your favorite little elves have a rare opportunity to get expert holiday gift advice in Barrington this weekend. This special kids’ shopping event has become an annual tradition and it’s happening tomorrow at the Barrington Home Shoppe in the Ice House Mall.

If you bring your kids to the shoppe between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 17, helpers will be on hand to make it easy for them to find the perfect gifts for parents. Children will receive 10% off their holiday purchases and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats. They’ll also be able to choose their holiday wrapping for all their purchases! A lot of dads see it as a great way to pick gifts mom will treasure for years to come. And moms often wait in the hall and let their kids make purchases while they’re not watching.

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87. Win Toys with the 365 Barrington Santa Photo Contest

365 Barrington Santa Photo Contest

 He’s jolly. He’s old. And boy does he know how to strike a pose! Santa has been getting a lot of face time in recent weeks. If you’ve been rolling with kids this Christmas season, chances are you’ve snapped a photo or two and that means YOU could win our first 365 Barrington NO RULES … Read more…

86. Men’s Shopping Night at Norton’s U.S.A.

Time is Running Out for Holiday Shopping in Barrington, Illinois

If your spouse is like mine, he probably hasn’t started his holiday shopping yet. He probably waits until he gets home from work a few days before Christmas and says, “I have to run out and do some quick Christmas shopping. I’ll be back in about an hour.”

So tonight, I’m trying something different. I’m going to gently suggest that he head over to Norton’s U.S.A. for some MAN-tastic holiday shopping tips in Barrington. They’re hosting Men’s Night, staying open late and will be offering men expert gift advice on all-things American-made.

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85. “C” is for Cookie at Community Church of Barrington

Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk 2011

Bakers throughout Barrington have been busy all week preparing for tomorrow morning’s 38th Annual Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk. If you want to see what “selling like hot cakes” looks like, don’t be late. Last year, they sold out of cookies in just over an hour.  So be sure to show up early because goodies found at the Cookie Walk make THE BEST “homemade” holiday gifts for neighbors.  They look just like you baked them yourself.  But …. shhh … don’t tell anyone I’ve let you in on this sneaky cookie tip.  I wouldn’t want my own neighbors to know my little holiday secret ;).

Here’s how it works, for $10, you can buy a “one pound” box and fill it with your own hand-picked assortment of cookies in all shapes, sizes and colors…

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84. Bring a Toy to Win a Visit with Devin Hester TONIGHT

Devin Hester Visits Lake Barrington

Chicago Bears wide receiver, Devin Hester, will be visiting with fans in Lake Barrington TONIGHT to help raise funds to support our troops. All 500 tickets for tonight’s event at the Lake Barrington Field House have sold out. But there’s still one way you can get on the guest list.

Funds raised at tonight’s event will help cover the cost of care packages headed overseas to active members of the US Military. They will also be collecting toy donations for the Toys for Tots campaign tonight. And that’s how you can win the “Last Chance” raffle and a ticket to meet Devin Hester while he’s here.

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