56. Get in on the New Barrington Dance Craze

56.  Get in on the New Barrington Dance Craze

There’s a new community dance craze taking over the streets of Barrington. “Flash Mobs” have become the latest rage. If you watch Glee, follow YouTube or are a hip and happening reader of 365Barrington.com, I’m sure you know all about them ;).  For those of you who’d like a little background, Flash Mobs are “large groups of people who assemble suddenly in public and perform a dance or unusual act for a brief time, then disperse.” The performance is supposed to be a secret, but a little birdie has let me in on what could be Barrington’s next Flash Mob.

Dancing in the Streets of Downtown Barrington

Barrington’s last Cruise Night of the season is happening downtown on Cook Street tomorrow night, starting at 6:30. My source tells me that, if you’re there at around 6:45, you might just get Flash Mobbed, like this one that happened a couple of weeks ago…

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53. Get Lucky at the Summer Duck Race & Pool Party

53.  Get Lucky at the Summer Duck Race & Pool Party

Don’t let summer sneak away without taking part in one of Barrington’s most popular parties of the season. The 18th Annual Duck Race and Pool Party is happening tomorrow and there are hundreds of rubber ducks resting in Barrington tonight before they take the plunge during tomorrow’s big event.

Annual Duck Races in Barrington, Illinois
Photo Courtesy of Barrington Photographer and "Citizen of the Year", Bob Lee

With more than 150 prizes on the line, the stakes are high for tomorrow’s duck races. Your kids will have a blast at this end-of-summer bash which doubles as a fundraiser to help Illinois children facing serious illness. Here’s how it works…

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52. Save the Lives You Love at National Night Out

52.  Save the Lives You Love at National Night Out

Our new baby turned two weeks old yesterday. With three kids under three in our house, events like tonight’s sixth annual National Night Out at Citizens Park in Barrington are beginning to take on new meaning.  Barrington police have played a big part in the planning and it’s designed to be a fun way to learn things that can save the lives of the people we love.

If you’ve ever worried about things like bike and train safety, stranger danger, your kids and drugs, how to keep them safe behind the wheel or as the passengers of other teen drivers, National Night Out will help bring you a little peace of mind. Whether your kids are little like ours or in the midst of their teens, they’ll definitely walk away from this party armed with new skills to help keep them out of danger.

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150. Spruce Things Up at 365Barrington.com

150.  Spruce Things Up at 365Barrington.com

 We’re on day 150 here at 365Barrington.com. Though I’m not quite half way through, somehow #150 feels like progress. While I’ve been busy keeping up with my daily posts, we’ve been working, behind the scenes, on ways to make this website more useful. Today, we’re launching our new look, for now, with new plans to add more information on this site about the state of … Read more…

147. Bronco Football Pep Rally

147.  Bronco Football Pep Rally

 They’ll be raising the roof at Barrington High School tomorrow night. The 15th Annual Bronco Football Pep Rally starts at 7PM and they say, “Come early, be loud, wear red and show your spirit!” Team players, cheerleaders, the Broncette Pom Squad, Spirit Band and Color Guard will all be performing to get the crowd fired up for Barrington school sports and the new school year. … Read more…

145. Eat, Pray and Love FOOD

145.  Eat, Pray and Love FOOD

 The movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, “Eat Pray Love” hit the big screen this month and Gold Class Cinemas at the South Barrington Arboretum is offering a special menu and cooking demonstrations based on the movie this week. In the story, the main character, played by Julia Roberts, visits Italy, India and Indonesia during her journey of self-discovery. Gold Class Cinema chefs put together a … Read more…

144. Grow Little Readers at Learning Trek

144. Grow Little Readers at Learning Trek

 My oldest child is about to turn two and there are a lot of things I’m still learning about being a mom. In the coming year, we have to tackle things like potty training, transitioning to a “big girl” bed and getting those shoes on the right feet.  The owner of “Learning Trek Academy” in Barrington says it’s not too early for kids her age to … Read more…

142. Jazz Fest at L’Eiffel Bistrot

142.  Jazz Fest at L’Eiffel Bistrot

 If you’re a fan of jazz music, it’s a great weekend to check out L’Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington. They’re hosting Jazz Fest there with live music tonight and tomorrow night. One of the featured performances will be a session by Hot Club Du Chicago.  They’re a quartet that specializes in playing “Gypsy Jazz”, made popular in 1930’s France. Hot Club Du Chicago plays the music … Read more…

141. Get “Together Again” at Summer Fun Friday

141.  Get “Together Again” at Summer Fun Friday

 The Village of Barrington is closing down South Cook Street tomorrow night for the final “Summer Fun Friday” bash of the year. It’s a family block party for all of Barrington and a great chance to get together with neighbors for LIVE music, dinner and drinks. McGonigal’s Pub will be serving up some of their favorites, including corned beef sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and burgers and there … Read more…

139. Meet The Barrington Bus Family

139.  Meet The Barrington Bus Family

 The first day of school is one week from today, but you may have already seen the big yellow buses back out on the streets.  For the past week, the Barrington Transportation Company has been busy test driving their buses and getting drivers in gear for the new school year.  It’s a big job, but the family behind this bus company knows the business inside and out. In 1942, … Read more…

136. Find Your Way to The Foley Farmstand

136.  Find Your Way to The Foley Farmstand

 I was driving through Barrington along Cuba Road today when a bright wooden road sign caught my eye. It was handwritten, ripe-tomato red and it was calling my name. From Cuba, I turned North on Harbor. When I came to street called Henry, there was another sign pointing to the left, so I obeyed, curious to see where this sunny-day detour would take me. I … Read more…

131. Duck Races at Langendorf Park Pool

131.  Duck Races at Langendorf Park Pool

 Get your swimsuits, goggles and your rubber ducks ready for one of Barrington’s biggest pool parties of the year! The 17th annual Barrington Duck Races are going down at the Langendorf Park pool from 4-7PM this Saturday, August 14th, and we’re all invited. Hundreds of ducks will race down the slides at “Aqualusion”, the pool at Langendorf Park, on Saturday.  It’s a fundraiser that’s fun for … Read more…

127. Help a Local Charity Win $250,000

127.  Help a Local Charity Win $250,000

 Sometimes you can make a huge difference with the simple click of a button.  Just think of how many times you click your mouse or press a key on your keyboard each day.  But the buttons you push after reading this story could help a local charity recently devastated by fire begin to rebuild in a really big way. On June 18th, when that huge storm … Read more…

124. Barrington’s Night Out Against Crime

124.  Barrington’s Night Out Against Crime

 There’s a night of family fun with a purpose planned at Citizens Park tomorrow night. Barrington is taking part in the 27th annual “National Night Out Against Crime” to help teach kids about safety and keep our neighborhoods safe. Barrington’s “Night Out” will run from 6:30 until 8:30 tomorrow night and there’s a great lineup planned. At 6:30, local safetly officials will be offering Digital … Read more…