74. 8th Annual Barrington Taste Fest and Expo

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Once a year in Barrington, the finest local chefs all come together in one place to serve up a special menu of featured dishes for diners to sample. It’s called the Barrington Taste Fest & Expo, it’s happening Thursday night, October 27th, at the Millrose Restaurant in South Barrington and tickets are selling fast, but still available.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

The event is organized by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce as a way to help the community get acquainted with some of the latest offerings made by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, breweries and wine representatives.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

But it’s not just about the food. While you sip and sample, you’ll also be able to mingle with exhibitors representing Barrington businesses in a wide range of categories, including medical professionals, retailers, financial and real estate advisors.  They’ll be sharing the space to feature their products and services while raffling great prizes. And the Chamber puts a fun spin on the event by giving you a passport when you walk through the door…

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71. Bust a Move for the Pink Glove Dance Competition

Pink Glove Dance Competition

It’s not every day that you see people dancing through the halls at Good Shepherd Hospital.  It’s not every day that you find hospital doctors, nurses and staff wearing pink gloves and feather boas to work.  But they’ve been up to something over at the hospital here in Barrington and, when I saw what it was, it gave me goosebumps.  It’s a video of about 100 Good Shepherd Hospital employees, wearing pink and dancing to Firework, one of my favorite Katy Perry songs. Who knew so many of our local healthcare providers double as dancing divas!?!

Photo Courtesy of Good Shepherd RN Breast Care Manager, Charlotte Dioguardi

They created the video to win a dance competition and it’s a major feat in choreographed camaraderie executed by employees, men and women, from just about every department at the hospital.

Photo Courtesy of Good Shepherd RN Breast Care Manager, Charlotte Dioguardi

From the hospital’s president, Karen Lambert, to its housekeepers, from its doctors to its paramedics, there’s no sign of stage fright over wearing wacky pink accessories while grooving to the beat.

Courtesy of Good Shepherd RN Breast Care Manager, Charlotte Dioguardi

They’re bringing out the boogie in hospital beds, at their desks and through the hospital halls.  NOW IT’S OUR TURN to help them dance their way to winning a top prize.  Read on to watch their video and cast your vote…

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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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210. "Guess Where Wednesday" & Last Week’s Winner

Mystery Photo Contest in Barrington

Two ghosts were recently spotted in Barrington, they were caught on camera and they’re our mystery photo of the week!  This one might require a little deductive reasoning, but I’m confident that the ghost busters and sweet tooths among us will be able to put two and two together.  If you can guess where in Barrington this mystery photo was taken, there’s a great prize for the winner this week.

Mystery Photo Contest in Barrington

We’ll get to this week’s prize in a minute. But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner. Just moments ago my babysitter drew the winning name and it is…

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209. Scare Up Some Halloween Fun – FOR KIDS

Halloween at the Barrington Park District

There are a TON of Halloween events happening in Barrington this week and this is one time when I’m going to do my best to share ALL of the GORY DETAILS.  Today, I’m focusing on Halloween events for kids, just because I love this picture of a Barrington dad all dressed up and holding his devil baby.

Halloween at the Barrington Park District

This picture is from last year’s Barrington Park District Hallween Egg Hunt, which is just one of many Halloween happenings this week in Barrington.

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208. High School Heart Exams & District 220 Checkup

Heart Checks at Barrington High School and School District 220 Town Hall Meeting

There are two “Firsts” happening in Barrington this week. One will help keep Barrington teens healthy. The other will help protect the health of Barrington’s schools.  Barrington School District 220 is hosting their first ever Town Hall Meeting to get the community’s input on school issues. And, for the first time, Barrington High School is offering FREE heart screenings this week to help check athletes and other students for serious heart defects.

Heart Exams at Barrington High School

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207. The Legend of White Cemetery and Cuba Road

Haunted Cemetery in Barrington

Halloween is just one week from today and, with all of the tombstones, ghouls and eerie jack-o-lanterns decorating homes throughout Barrington, I can’t help but be reminded of the more sinister side of the holiday. After all, Halloween’s namesake, “All Hallows Eve”, is a night when unclean spirits presumably try to upstage the celebration of saints on November 1st, “All Saint’s Day”.  Which leads me to the story of what ghost researchers suspect to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in Illinois. It’s called White Cemetery, it’s located right here in Barrington and, at first glance, it looks like an ordinary resting place.

Haunted Cemetery in Barrington

But I’ve found at least one photo of what some believe is a ghostly figure among the graves in the cemetery, which I will show you in just a minute…

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205. Barrington Trick-or-Treat Dress Rehearsal

Halloween Fun at The Ice House Mall in Barrington

Halloween isn’t until next weekend, but here’s a great way for your kids to break in this year’s costumes before the big night.  There’ll be trick-or-treaters out and about at one Barrington hot spot tomorrow afternoon.

Halloween Fun at The Ice House Mall in Barrington
Photo Courtesy of Kidz Parties Plus More

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203. "Guess Where Wednesday" & Last Week’s Winner

Mystery Photo Contest at 365 Barrington

I love Barrington this time of year. The air is crisp, the breezes are cool and the changing leaves paint gorgeous fall rainbows at every turn. I snapped our new mystery photo on a walk this week when I paused at a popular place in town.  Can you tell where I was?  If you know where I took this picture, we have a great prize for the winner!

Mystery Photo Contest at 365 Barrington

We’ll get to this week’s prize in a minute. But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner. Just moments ago my babysitter drew the winning name and it is…

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202. Opening Day at the New Early Learning Center

First Day of School at the Early Learning Center

This is an exciting day in Barrington because School District 220’s new Early Learning Center officially opened its doors to students for the first day of school this morning. The brand new school is a state-of-the-art, 38,000 square foot facility designed especially for special needs students age three to five years old. It’s the first new school to open in Barrington District 220 since 2002, and we’re all invited to check out the new school at an open house tonight.

First Day of School at the Early Learning Center

District 220’s chief communications officer, Dr. Jeff Arnett, was at the school bright and early this morning snapping photos of opening day.

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