233. New Skating Plaza Opening in South Barrington!

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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159. Barrington Hills Polo Part II

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 farm’s drive and right on up to the side of the field where the players’ families were parked and out picnicking. It was a regular Saturday morning scrimmage, it was a beautiful day and I was struck by how much these players seemed to love the open space, fresh air and the thrill of their fast-paced sport.

Playing Polo in Barrington Hills

One of the greatest things about the Barrington Hills Polo Club is that…

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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…

128. Anna Shea Chocolate Making Classes

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 in September of 2008. There … 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…

86. Sign Up for Summer GLEE Camp

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 summer program being offered by … Read more…

76. Outdoor Discovery School at L.L. Bean

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, July 5th), they’re offering 2-and-a-half … Read more…

75. Make a Tee Time at Makray

75.  Make a Tee Time at Makray

 We’re on day 75 here at 365Barrington.com 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 of 71. It’s known for … Read more…

62. 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 class called “Rockstar 101” where … Read more…

60. Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

60.  Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

 Memorial Day Weekend is often called the “Unofficial Start of Summer”. Over the years, it has turned into a holiday for barbeques, parties and warm weather fun. Sometimes these celebrations overshadow the real reason behind the holiday. But a handful of parents found a way to teach their kids the true meaning this weekend with a morning trip to Barrington’s Evergreen Cemetery. Four year old … Read more…

44. Sign Up for Self Defense School

44.  Sign Up for Self Defense School

 When it comes to martial arts, everything I know I learned from the “Karate Kid”. But if I ever encounter a bad guy, let’s face it, “wax on, wax off” just isn’t going to cut it and I know I can’t count on Mr. Miyagi either. That’s why I decided to stop and check things out over at Barrington Martial Arts. I phoned first and … Read more…

42. Meet the Equestrian Diva

42.  Meet the Equestrian Diva

 Barrington is well known as an equestrian community, its map spotted with pastoral horse properties and winding riding trails. There are all kinds of activities for horse enthusiasts, but I never knew I lived so close to The “Equestrian Diva”. The sign on her office door says it all. She’s serious about competitive horseback riding, she’s been at it since she was a kid and her … Read more…

38. Do the WRITE Thing

38.  Do the WRITE Thing

 Mother’s Day is tomorrow and there are a million things you could run out and buy for your mom. But Barrington business owner, Theresa Patton recently reminded me that there’s no gift more powerful than putting pen to paper. Theresa owns TT Patton stationery shop in downtown Barrington. When I asked her what inspired her to open her five-year-old business, she mentioned her mailman. Theresa … Read more…

26. Kaleidoscope School of Art

26.  Kaleidoscope School of Art

 It’s one of those places I’ve driven past a million times on Main Street, always curious to know what colorful characters I might find inside. This week I decided it was time to stop wondering, so I stopped the car at Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Art. A collection of quirky objects and art decorate the entrance to the school, just East of the Octagon house. … Read more…