46. Sample 50 Fine Wines at Uncork Barrington 2011

7th annual Uncork Barrington event in downtown Barrington, Illinois

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

International Fest in Barrington, Illinois

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

Smokin Gunz Band will Perform at the Barrington Brat Tent Tonight

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

Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities

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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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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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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337. "Hot Happenings" in Barrington for March 3-6

Mardi Gras Package at L'Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington

Because there are so many things planned for weekends in Barrington, today we’re debuting a weekly list of “Hot Happenings” for Thursdays through Sundays in Barrington. Our first event is a cool party that’s going on TONIGHT at L’Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie in South Barrington.

Mardi Gras Package at L'Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington

It’s a Mardi Gras celebration with Carnival Brazilian Dancers and a special Cajun 3-course dinner…

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318. 50 Ways to Woo Your Lover (In Barrington) Part I

Valentine's Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

Valentine’s Day is just two days away and, if you haven’t found something for your Valentine yet, never fear. We’ve compiled a list of 50 ways to score some big points with your significant other, without leaving Barrington.

Valentine's Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

Please feel free to add your two cents by offering some romantic ideas of your own. Anyone can leave a comment on this blog, just by clicking HERE or by filling out the comments box at the very bottom of this post. In the meantime, here we go. Get ready for loads of ideas that will keep your main squeeze longing for your love…

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289. DASH to Cure Diabetes Presents The Second City

The Dash to Cure Diabetes Presented by The Second City

If you’re up for a little comedy to lighten the mood tonight, you’ll find it at Barrington High School. Performers from The Second City’s touring comedy group will take the stage at 8PM and you’ll be helping raise money for a great local cause in the process.

The Dash to Cure Diabetes Presented by The Second City

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for students and the show starts at 8PM. Founded in Chicago in 1959, THE SECOND CITY has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest stars. According to the touring performers’ website, SCTourco.com, you can expect the following at tonight’s performance:

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211. Bubbles, Bon Bons & Brie

Skull Lollipop at Anna Shea Chocolates

Earlier this week I promised that I’d follow up with some fun Halloween activities going on this weekend for adults in Barrington and there’s one event happening tomorrow night that sounds simply sinful.  It’s called “Bubbles, Bon Bons and Brie” and you’re going to DIE when you hear the details. Skull Lollipop anyone?

Skull Lollipop at Anna Shea Chocolates

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