24. Meet the Green Grocer in South Barrington

A Chicago neighborhood hot spot is opening for business in Barrington TODAY to offer a new place for us to find fresh local produce while shopping outdoors.  The Green Grocer is debuting a seasonal open air market this morning at the Arboretum of South Barrington and their colorful fruits and veggies are just waiting to come home to your table.

Open Air Produce Market at the Arboretum of South Barrington

Courtesy of Dan Wendt

The new Produce Market will be a great place to pop in and pick up essential grocery items, lunch to go, the ingredients for a fresh and delicious dinner, fresh flowers or a gift for a friend who loves unique and hard-to-find food items.

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306. Be Crowned the South Barrington Chili Champ

The results are in after Saturday’s “Chilly Challenge” Chili Cook-off in South Barrington. About 300 chili fans from in and around Barrington met at the South Barrington Arboretum Saturday afternoon to sample and vote for chili prepared by seven local restaurants.

2011 Chili Champion at the South Barrington Arboretum

I was one of the guest judges and snapped a few photos on the chili tour, which started at Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce & Bistro. A shuttle whisked the chili tasters off to all seven restaurants, which included Pinstripes, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Nozuzmi Asian & Japanese Cuisine, Gold Class Cinemas, L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie, Panera Bread and defending 2010 Chili Champion, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. That’s a lot of chili for only $10 and it was so much fun! Almost all of the participants cast ballots for their favorites at the very end and it was a very close vote. But the 2011 South Barrington Arboretum Chili Champion is…

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281. "Dralion" Cirque Du Soleil VIP Package Giveaway

The South Barrington Arboretum is giving away a VIP suite for ten people to see the latest touring Cirque Du Soleil show, Dralion,  at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.  It’s easy.  All you have to do is sign up online to be entered into the drawing.

Barrington Giveaway for Dralion Cirque Du Soleil at the Sears Center

The estimated value of the VIP package is over $750. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing, but you have to be 18 years or older. The deadline to enter is January 25th and the drawing will take place that same day.  You can learn more about the show at CirqueDuSoleil.com/Dralion and here is an excerpt from that website:

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258. Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in South Barrington

I always love the beginning of new traditions and the South Barrington Arboretum is adding complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides to their list of things you can do when you visit their brand new outdoor skating plaza this year.

Sleigh Rides at the South Barrington Arboretum

Every Saturday and Sunday, they’re offering complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides from 11AM until 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The rides start at the brand new Alexian Brothers Skating Plaza. Have you checked out the new open air ice rink yet?

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233. New Skating Plaza Opening in South Barrington!

I have a bad habit of overusing exclamation points, but today, I simply HAD to put one in our title! Because, one week from today, the area’s only Open-Air Skating Rink will be opening for business in South Barrington. They’re busy setting it up at the South Barrington Arboretum and there are two big events tied to the outdoor “Skating Plaza’s” grand opening next weekend. The first is an appearance by “Skates”, the Chicago Wolves Mascot.

Skates the Chicago Wolves Mascot

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228. Sign Up for the South Barrington Gobbler Gallop

South Barrington is continuing a brand new tradition by hosting the second annual “Gobbler Gallop” one week from today on Sunday, November 21st. The 5K run and 1 mile walk is a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving season because you’ll be helping two important causes AND get a great workout at the same time.

Gobbler Gallop in South Barrington

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211. Bubbles, Bon Bons & Brie

Earlier this week I promised that I’d follow up with some fun Halloween activities going on this weekend for adults in Barrington and there’s one event happening tomorrow night that sounds simply sinful.  It’s called “Bubbles, Bon Bons and Brie” and you’re going to DIE when you hear the details. Skull Lollipop anyone?

Skull Lollipop at Anna Shea Chocolates

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209. Scare Up Some Halloween Fun – FOR KIDS

There are a TON of Halloween events happening in Barrington this week and this is one time when I’m going to do my best to share ALL of the GORY DETAILS.  Today, I’m focusing on Halloween events for kids, just because I love this picture of a Barrington dad all dressed up and holding his devil baby.

Halloween at the Barrington Park District

This picture is from last year’s Barrington Park District Hallween Egg Hunt, which is just one of many Halloween happenings this week in Barrington.

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199. Join the Fight, Take a Bite Burger Bash

If you love hamburgers, the South Barrington Arboretum is THE place to be from 1-3PM today. The shopping center’s restaurants are hosting a two hour “Burger Tour” today where you can sample gourmet burgers, vote for your faves and help fight cancer while you’re licking your lips.

Burger Tour to Support Breast Health

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193. Kids Eat FREE Sundays at Pinstripes

As I research things to write about here at 365Barrington.com, I occasionally come across FREE things to do in Barrington. I thought it might be helpful for me to create a space here on this blog where you can read about the free things local businesses are offering. So today, I’m officially debuting one of our latest features here at 365Barington.com.

Free Things to do in Barrington, Illinois

I’ve decided to put this “Oh Yes! It’s FREE” button in the right sidebar here at 365Barrington.com. If you click on the graphic in the sidebar, you’ll see the latest free things to do in Barrington. I’m starting with something that kids can do for free tonight in South Barrington.

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