36. Welcome Back to the Barrington Farmers Market

Weekly Farmers Market Returns to Barrington

We’ve been waiting since last fall for this!!! The weekly Farmers Market returns to Barrington for its 11th season this Thursday. So get ready for some freshly popped kettle corn, the balloon man, the lemonade guy and the return of some of your favorite farmers.  Plus, prepare to meet some brand new vendors this year.  To get into the spirit of the season, I found some of my favorite farmers market photos taken by Barrington photographer, Anthony Tortoriello.

Weekly Farmers Market Returns to Barrington
Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello and AtortPhotography.com

I also caught up with Farmers Market co-chair, Margaret Myren, earlier this week to get the scoop on which vendors are coming back and who will be new to the market this year.  You’ll be excited to find out what she had to say…

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31. Meet Cook Co. Board President, Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle Visits Barrington

Do you live or work in Cook County? Do you have questions about how our tax dollars are spent? Are you curious about the changes in store now that there’s a new Cook County Board President at the helm? Well, get this. The new woman on top, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, will be visiting Barrington on Monday of next week to talk about her plans for the county and answer our questions. It’s a rare opportunity to meet one of the key players in Cook County government, right in our own back yard! A great turnout will send a message that Barrington cares and is paying attention to county business, but there are only a few more hours left to RSVP.

Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle Visits Barrington
Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle

Ms. Preckwinkle was elected last November and sworn in last December as the first woman elected president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. She succeeds Todd Stroger, whose family occupied a seat on the Cook County Board for 40 years. At the outset, Ms. Preckwinkle made a promise to repeal her predecessor’s sales tax increase. She also warned that her first county budget will include some big cuts to begin easing the county’s $478 million budget deficit.

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30. Get Your Motor Running for Weekly Cruise Nights

Summer Antique Car Show Returns to Barrington, Illinois

CLICK HERE for 2012 Cruise Nights Schedule

Get your motor runnin’…Head out on the highway…Lookin’ for adventure…And whatever comes our way. Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen…Take the world in a love embrace…Barrington CRUISE NIGHTS are Back…Let’s explode into space…

Summer Antique Car Show Returns to Barrington, Illinois

Do you like smoke and lightening? Heavy metal thunder? Racing with the wind? And the feeling that you’re under? Crank up the volume, channel your true nature’s child, push the “play” arrow below and read on…

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88. Pepper Family Hospice Open House

Pepper Family Hospice in Barrington, Illinois

The new Pepper Family Hospice Home and Center for Care is celebrating their opening by inviting the community to tour the new facility today. Photo Courtesy of Barrington Resident, Bob Lee There’s a Ribbon Cutting and Dedication ceremony today at 12:30 followed by tours of the home and gardens from 1 – 4PM. The 42,000-square-foot … Read more…

87. Horse Trials by Day, Ron Hawking by Night

Horse Trials in Barrington Hills

The Horse Trials are underway in Barrington Hills this weekend. About 300 upper-level riders from around the country are competing with their beautiful horses today and tomorrow at the Barrington Countryside Park District Riding Center. These experienced competitors will be jumping larger obstacles, including a challenging water complex this weekend. The popular celebrity course walk … Read more…

85. Detox at Acacia Organics

Acacia Organics Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Acacia Organics in Barrington is celebrating its one year anniversary this week.  The shop owners say that their first year in business has been a successful one and they’ve learned that a there’s a big market in Barrington for safe skin care and other household products. Next time you stop by Acacia Organics, be sure to … Read more…

84. Meet Amazing Gracie

Kelly at Amazing Gracies in South Barrington

Children give us so much.  Mouths to feed, minds to read and messes to clean up.  But mostly, they give us new reasons.  Reasons to get up, work hard, be happy and be better.  Their inspiring little eyes can be the most powerful motivators and, sometimes, they teach us more than we teach them.  Like many good stories, … Read more…

83. BHS Alumni Performance Sneak Peek

Dancers Rehearsing a Number from South Pacific

Have you heard the buzz about the big Performing Arts reunion and “Musical Revue” coming up at Barrington High School?  They’ve recently written about it in the Barrington Courier and the Daily Herald and this performance is shaping up to be one truly rare affair!  There are some big-name performers returning to Barrington the weekend of July 9th and the … Read more…

82. Good Karma at Cook Street Coffee

Barrington Village Cook Street Coffee

Our favorite “hometown coffee shop” is celebrating its first anniversary this week with daily prizes and an awesome new menu item. Cook Street Coffee opened for business on June 25th, 2009 and they’re starting their week-long celebration today. The coffee shop is holding daily raffles all week. You’ll get one raffle ticket for each drink … Read more…

79. Flip Flop Friday at Tropical Smoothie

Camp Sunshine and Tropical Smoothie

It’s Flip Flop Friday at Tropical Smoothie in Barrington! The first 500 people who come into Tropical Smoothie in Barrington today WEARING FLIP FLOPS will receive a free 24-ounce “Jetty Punch” smoothie. “Jetty Punch” is a strawberry-banana flavored smoothie and they typically cost $4.80. While you’re at Tropical Smoothie today, they’l also ask for a … Read more…

78. Farmers Market 4-1-1

Fresh Produce at the Barrington Farmers Market

The official first day of summer is just days away and today marks the return of a favorite summer activitiy in downtown Barrington. The Barrington Farmers Market is back in action for their tenth season starting this afternoon. Back in 2000, a group of neighbors from the Barrington Village got together and decided to start … Read more…