118. Be Discovered at Ice House Mall Beauty Pageant

Post - Sunburst Model Search Contestants

If you know someone with serious style or a sparkling smile that lights up any room, talent scouts will be at the Ice House Mall in Barrington this weekend for the 3rd annual Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest. The show will be this Saturday, March 24th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is FREE to attend.

The age groups represented in this contest range from infants to adults up to 27 years old and the baby pageant is open to both boys and girls. Every contestant in the baby pageant will receive a crown and trophy for their hard work and beautiful smiles, so everyone’s a winner! Do you think your child has what it takes to rise above the rest?

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115. 3rd Annual Ice House Mall Antique & Garden Show

Ice House Mall Antique and Garden Show Sale

This prematurely-warm March weather may have you taking a closer look at your winter-crippled garden earlier than normal this year.  So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Ice House Mall’s third annual Antique and Garden show sale which starts today in Barrington.

You’ll find plenty of ideas, inspirations and items to help you revive your indoor and outdoor décor at this year’s show. Presented by Barrington antique dealer and merchant, Tivoli Garden Antiques, the FREE event runs through this Saturday, March 17th, and features a variety of vintage home and garden furniture, jewelry, clothing and accessories for sale.  Ice House Mall Marketing Director, Maria Straussner says, “It’s a nice event for the community to come do something different…

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361. If the Shoe Fits, Fix It!

Barrington Cobbler

I found it! I’ve searched high and low while writing this blog for the past 361 days and I finally found THE SOLE of Barrington. It’s housed in a little shop that you’ve surely passed a million times. One step inside and you’ll be shocked by the sharp smell of shoe polish and the sense that you’ve stepped back in time. A quick ding of the old brass desk bell on the counter reveals one of Barrington’s best kept secrets, as shoe repair man, Leonid Gokhberg, steps out from the back.

Barrington Cobbler

Leon moved from the Ukraine to Chicago back in 1979.  Take one look at his hardened hands and you’ll begin to see his story in his black stained fingertips.

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359. An Opportunity of Olympic Proportions

For Sale - 1 Olympic Drive in South Barrington, Illinois

If you’re like me, you LOVE looking at properties for sale and considering the possibility of finding a new place to call home.  Well, it’s springtime in Barrington and the weekend open house activity is heating up.  There’s a great property that’s open in South Barrington this afternoon that’s only a few years old, has that open floor plan that everyone loves and is also a “sneeze away” from I-90, O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago.

For Sale - 1 Olympic Drive in South Barrington, Illinois
1 Olympic Drive - The Woods of South Barrington

This home is conveniently close to EVERYTHING, so why not come check it out from 1-4PM TODAY, Saturday, March 26th.  Take a drive by and pop inside if you want to see more. My mom, Suzanne Luby, will be the host and I promise she doesn’t bite … unless you color on the walls ;).

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354. 365 Barrington SPRING BREAK Photo Contest

Spring Break Photo Contest at 365Barrington.com

We’re heading into the home stretch here at 365Barrington.com! I just reminded my husband that, after next Sunday, we’ll only be FOUR DAYS AWAY from day 365. Because our site sees so much traffic on weeks when we host community photo contests and because today is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING, I decided now would be a good time to host one more contest before the year is complete. It’s our first ever “Spring Break Photo Contest” and the grand prize will be a great way for our winner to relax and have fun when the vacation is over.

Spring Break Photo Contest at 365Barrington.com

The rules are easy. I just made them up. Anyone is eligible to enter this contest, whether you’ve jetted off to sea or ski or are having a “Staycation” like we are right here at home. If you participated in one of our past photo contests, that’s great! We’d love to see more of your photos this time. All you have to do is submit your favorite photo or photos which answer this question:

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352. Barrington House Talk – 2011 Market Realities

Mortgage Troubles

In “Barrington House Talk” last week, I opened things up for your questions. We received several great questions about the Barrington real estate market, and we’ll answer them all in the coming weeks here at 365Barrington.com. But today I’m going to tackle the question that’s most difficult because it’s a subject that can be tough to talk about.

Mike from North Barrington asks,

“What is the current Foreclosure rate in Barrington and how does that compare to the numbers nationally?”

It’s a great question, Mike. I’d like to say the numbers from MRED, our local MLS, are encouraging, but the data paints a different picture. The short sale and foreclosure statistics for Barrington are a real estate reality we have to know and face to help accelerate our local market recovery.

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349. Celtic Fest in Bryan McGonigal’s Own Words

Post - Bryan McGonigal

McGonigal’s Pub is making it easy to be Irish in Barrington this week!  They’re hosting the community’s inaugural 2-day “Barrington Celtic Fest” starting on St. Patrick’s Day morning.  The pub is also celebrating their one year anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to catch up with owner, Bryan McGonigal.  He’s a busy guy these days, but he took a quick break and found a comfortable seat at the bar.  With the bartender busy in the background and a pint of Guinness within easy reach, Bryan filled me in on the festival details and highlights from his first year in business.

The fest will run tomorrow and Friday from 10AM until 1AM featuring a great lineup of live Irish music, Irish dancers, Corned Beef, Cabbage, a full Irish menu, pints of beer, NCAA basketball tournament watching and plenty of people in green.  Admission is FREE and you’ll find the full festival entertainment lineup below. But first, here’s Bryan’s look at the fest and McGonigal’s first year, in his very own words.

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345. Barrington House Talk – Real Estate Q & A

A Barrington Realtor Answers Common Real Estate Questions

The first day of spring is next weekend on Sunday, March 20.  YES!  It’s coming.  And so is the new inventory of homes to hit the spring market.  If you’re planning on buying or selling a home this spring or if you’ve been kicking around the idea, now is the time to get serious.  I’m going to try an experiment here at 365Barrington.com today.  I’m making myself totally available to answer your real estate questions this week.  Is there anything you want to know about the state of the local real estate market?

A Barrington Realtor Answers Common Real Estate Questions

Are you curious about how current home sales in Barrington compare to other Chicagoland suburbs?  Is there anything you’d like to know about what home buyers want most today?  Would you like to know the latest market activity in a specific Barrington neighborhood? Whether you have questions about buying, selling or smart steps you can take to protect your investment, ask and you shall receive.  Fill out this quick form and I will share the answers to your questions in my “Barrington House Talk” report next week on Friday, March 19, the day before we welcome spring.

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341. Meet the Clarkes of Clarke’s Bakery and Deli

Matthew and Leone Clarke

The month of March is one big party for a local couple that has built a thriving Barrington business around their shared passion for baking, cooking and celebrating the goodness of great homemade food. Matthew an Leone Clarke of Clarke’s Bakery and Deli are preparing feasts this month to celebrate Fat Tuesday today, St. Patrick’s Day next week, Barrington’s First Annual Celtic Fest AND their business’ 25th Anniversary. With a cup of kindness, two handfuls of hard work and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen, together the Clarkes have created a winning recipe that keeps loyal customers coming back for more.

Matthew and Leone Clarke

If you drop by Clarke’s today, you’ll find Matthew or Leone at the counter, or it’ll likely be one of their two daughters who greet you. Stacey just graduated from college with a law enforcement degree and Kathrine is studying to be a teacher. Both girls grew up in the bakery and know their parents’ story well.

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339. Spice Up Classrooms with the Chili & Music Fest

Support Barrington Schools at the 2011 Chili and Music Fest

There’s a great party happening one week from today where you can sample chili, enjoy live music AND help create cool new programs that benefit all students in Barrington School District 220. It’s the fourth annual Chili & Music Fest, we’re all invited and you will be excited when you hear how this party is helping change the way students and parents in Barrington learn.

Support Barrington Schools at the 2011 Chili and Music Fest

Barrington’s District 220 Educational Foundation organizes the Chili & Music Fest every year to raise money for one of our community’s most important causes…

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