46. Sample 50 Fine Wines at Uncork Barrington 2011

46. Sample 50 Fine Wines at Uncork Barrington 2011

If you love fine wine and savor opportunities to sip samples from around the globe, you don’t want to miss tomorrow night’s 7th Annual “Uncork Barrington” event. I have attended this party every year since it started back in 2005 and, like a fine wine, it just keeps getting better with age.

7th annual Uncork Barrington event in downtown Barrington, Illinois

The party starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 8th, and the planners have decided to extend the end time an hour this year, until 10 p.m., to accommodate those who get home later from work. When you enter the event, you’ll receive a complimentary wine glass and a wine passport to track your tastings.  There will be 50 different wines from all regions of the world available to sample along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from some of the finest local restaurants.

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45. Travel the World at Barrington International Fest

45.  Travel the World at Barrington International Fest

We just spent Fourth of July weekend celebrating our country’s independence, but today’s a day to celebrate all countries and cultures without leaving Barrington. The first ever Barrington International Fest is happening today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and we’re all invited to share a sampling of dance, food and music from around the world.

International Fest in Barrington, Illinois

International Fest will be a day full of fun for all ages with vendors, performers and attendees from far beyond the Barrington area. There are activities planned for kids, teens and adults along with music from around the world.

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43. Fire it Up with the Smokin Gunz

43.  Fire it Up with the Smokin Gunz

Be sure you’re cocked, locked and ready to rock when you head to the Barrington Brat Tent today.  There’ll be lots of Country heat on hand tonight when Smokin Gunz takes the stage.  The band will be tonight’s finale performance after a full day of family fun at the Barrington 4th of July Weekend festivities.

Smokin Gunz Band will Perform at the Barrington Brat Tent Tonight

Smokin Gunz are otherwise known as “Chicago’s Hardest Working Country Band”. They’re a Top 40 Country band from the suburbs of Chicago, they have a reputation for getting the audience on their feet and you can learn more about them at SmokinGunz.net.

But the Smokin Gunz are just one of many great activities scheduled for the Brat Tent today…

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41. July 4th Barrington Brat Tent Returns with a Bang

41. July 4th Barrington Brat Tent Returns with a Bang

The Brat Tent entrance will blast open today to celebrate four days of July 4th festivities in downtown Barrington. The 27th Annual Barrington Fourth of July celebration will feature a packed schedule of entertainment for kids, families AND adults. We’ll be sharing fun details and the full events schedule in the coming days here at 365Barrington.com, but one of today’s highlights will be the festival’s opening performance this afternoon by OD TAPO IMI.

Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities
OD TAPO IMI - Photo Courtesy of Rob Dicker

OD TAPO IMI is a Chicagoland band whose name is an acronym for “Oil Drums That Are Pounded Out Into Musical Instruments”.  They’re known for their Caribbean-style beats and best described as “Jimmy Buffet Meets Blue Man Group.”

OD TAPO IMI will light up the Barrington Brat Tent stage at 12:30 this afternoon with a powerful mix of vocals, steel drums, percussion, guitars and horns playing all genres of popular music with a unique tropical twist. But they’re just a delicious appetizer for a great list of highlights planned for Barrington’s Fourth Festivities this year.

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115. TT Patton to the Rescue

115.  TT Patton to the Rescue

 For me, one of the hardest things about being self-employed is knowing when to step away from work. But there are a few times each year that I devote to my family and this next week is one of them.  I’m taking time off to spend time with my peeps and I found a great person to cover for me as a guest writer here at 365Barrington.com. She … Read more…

111. Have a Close Encounter with Baby T-Rex

111.  Have a Close Encounter with Baby T-Rex

 One of the stars of the LIVE arena spectacular, “Walking with Dinosaurs,” is making a stop in South Barrington tomorrow. Baby T-Rex will be meeting kids and other dino-fans at the Arboretum’s MEGA Gymnastics. The FREE event starts at 11AM and it’s going to be really cool! Adapted from the BBC-TV series by the same name, “Walking with Dinosaurs” features 15 life-sized dinosaurs and will … Read more…

110. Barrington Home Shoppe Tapas Tasting

110.  Barrington Home Shoppe Tapas Tasting

 I’ve always wanted to host a tapas dinner party at home, but I have yet to learn how to prepare any of my tapas favorites in my own kitchen. This week, I have found a fun way to figure that out! There’s a tapas and sangria-making demonstration and tasting taking place tomorrow night at the Barrington Home Shoppe right in the Ice House Mall. From … Read more…

109. Sanfilippo Summer Concert Series

109. Sanfilippo Summer Concert Series

 For the first time ever, the family that founded John B. Sanfilippo and Sons, Inc., the parent company of Fisher Nuts, is opening the doors of their Barrington Hills estate for a special series of summer concerts. Tickets are still available through the family’s private foundation website. There are three more concerts scheduled at the Sanfilippo Estate, also known as “Place de la Musique“, this summer.  The musicians will perform in … Read more…

107. Barrington Golf Classic at LBS Golf Club

107.  Barrington Golf Classic at LBS Golf Club

 The 24th annual Barrington Golf Classic at the Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club is just days away and there’s still time to sign up to either play or win prizes. The 2010 Golf Classic scramble, hosted by the Barrington Chamber of Commerce, is happening next Monday, July 19th. The cost to participate is $175 for one golfer or $650 for a foursome. That includes green … Read more…

105. Celebrate Bastille Day in South Barrington

105.  Celebrate Bastille Day in South Barrington

 It’s July 14th, Bastille Day, and a day to let your French flag fly. The French national holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison on this date back in 1789 signaling the uprising of modern-day France. There’s a big party planned at L’Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington today to celebrate the holiday with food, drinks, live music and a special menu. L’Eiffel Bistrot at the Arboretum of … Read more…

104. Children’s Concert at the Arboretum

104.  Children’s Concert at the Arboretum

 Here’s a fun way to start the day with your kids. Pinstripes and the Arboretum of South Barrington are hosting a free children’s summer concert tomorrow morning at 10:30. The performer for tomorrow’s concert is a guy known as “The Flying Fool”. His name is Ken Schultz and he juggles bowling balls, rides a unicycle, eats fire and balances an eight foot table on his … Read more…

102. Free Slurpees for 7-Eleven Day

102.  Free Slurpees for 7-Eleven Day

 Here’s a great way to chill out today for FREE! It’s July 11th and 7-Eleven stores throughout the U.S. are celebrating the company’s 83rd birthday by giving away slurpees all day in honor of their name and number one icy cold specialty drink. Lake Barrington’s 7-Eleven store is participating in this slurpeelicious occasion. They have four slurpee flavors today, Fanta Wild Cherry, Coca Cola, Fanta Banana … Read more…

101. Barrington Brew Fest

101.  Barrington Brew Fest

 Imagine drinking an ice cold beer under the sun and surrounded by friends and neighbors. Sound refreshing? It’s happening in Barrington from 3-7PM today at the 7th annual Barrington Brew Fest! Dozens of microbrews and other beers will be available to sip and sample along with root beer, cream soda, cider and water. Tickets to the brew fest are $40 at the door and that … Read more…

100. Uncork Barrington

100.  Uncork Barrington

 You can take a trip around the world right here in downtown Barrington tonight!  The sixth annual “Uncork Barrington” wine tasting is happening from 6 to 9PM hosted by the Barrington Village Association. Organizers have selected fifty fine wines from ten regions of the world for you to sample with a “passport” where you can keep track of your tastings and take notes about your favorites. You … Read more…

99. Sing Praises with Opera Star Kallen Esperian

99.  Sing Praises with Opera Star Kallen Esperian

 She’s a student of Luciano Pavarotti. She’s one of the few sopranos to sing with “The Three Tenors.” She’s performed leading roles at every major opera house in the world. And very late last night, after several delays and a detour for fuel, opera star Kallen Esperian’s flight from Nashville finally arrived in Chicago. She has returned to her high school home in Barrington this … Read more…