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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 ... Read more...

Playing Polo in Barrington Hills

159. Barrington Hills Polo Part II

 There’s a certain mystique about the sport of polo that has always made me curious, especially since it’s played right here in Barrington. So I recently stopped by the Barrington Hills Polo Club’s Oakwood Farms field to check out a scrimmage, learn more about the sport and meet some local players. My husband, two kids and I pulled our car into the ... Read more...

Kids Learn Songs with Kindermusik

157. Give Kids the Gift of Kindermusik

 I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I feel pangs of guilt every day because I’ve been known to let my two babies watch cartoons while I slip aside to check emails, return phone calls and, yes, even write posts right here on this blog. I admit, it feels wrong. But I recently found one way to ... Read more...

Get Kids Reading Early 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 ... Read more...

Chocolate Making Classes at Anna Shea

128. Anna Shea Chocolate Making Classes

 Have you ever seen chocolate so exquisite, it looks more like art than food? There’s a chocolate factory in South Barrington that not only produces these bite-sized beauties, starting tonight, they’ll be teaching classes on how to make them. These are the first chocolate making classes being offered at Anna Shea Chocolates since they opened at the South Barrington Arboretum back ... Read more...

Kallen Esperian Returns for the Barrington High School Performing Arts Reunion

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 ... Read more...

Summer Glee Camp with the Barrington Performing Artz Center

86. Sign Up for Summer GLEE Camp

 Ever since the show, Glee, debuted on Fox a year ago, the idea of being in a high school choir has taken on a whole new meaning. Gone are the days of stiff, tuxedo-clad kids singing in unison. Today’s version of the “Glee Club” is hipper, cooler and a whole lot more fun. And that’s the motivation behind a new ... Read more...

Walk-on Adventures at L.L. Bean in South Barrington

76. Outdoor Discovery School at L.L. Bean

 Did you know that you don’t even have to leave Barrington to embark on an kayak adventure? All you have to do is plan a trip to L.L. Bean at The Arboretum. L.L. Bean in South Barrington offers what’s called “Walk-on Adventures” and it’s part of the company’s Outdoor Discovery School. Every Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day weekend (and Monday, ... Read more...

Golfing at Makray in Barrington

75. Make a Tee Time at Makray

 We’re on day 75 here at and I think it’s about time we start talking about Barrington’s golf community. There are six golf courses in Barrington, but only one of them is a public course and that’s Makray Memorial Golf Club. Makray is a premier 18-hole championship caliber course with 7,000 yards, four sets of tees and a par ... Read more...

Consolidated Music of Barrington's Rockstar 101

62. Rockstar 101

 The sound man checks the mics. The audience anxiously fills the room. You’re backstage dressed in your skinny jeans and grungy t-shirt, feeling the pre-performance energy and waiting for your cue. You grab your guitar and take the stage. You’re a rockstar. And this is not your wildest dream. It’s Rockstar 101! Consolidated Music of Barrington is offering a music ... Read more...

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