90. “Vampire” Menu at Gold Class Cinemas

90.  “Vampire” Menu at Gold Class Cinemas

 Fans of the “Twilight” vampire saga will be lining up tonight at midnight outside Barrington theaters for the release of the latest movie in the series, “Eclipse”. It’s the third book in the sequence in which 18-year-old Bella Swan realizes she loves vampire, Edward Cullen more than werewolf, Jacob Black and helps defeat an “army” of newborn vampires hunting people in Seattle.  Sounds crazy, I … Read more…

87. Horse Trials by Day, Ron Hawking by Night

87.  Horse Trials by Day, Ron Hawking by Night

 The Horse Trials are underway in Barrington Hills this weekend. About 300 upper-level riders from around the country are competing with their beautiful horses today and tomorrow at the Barrington Countryside Park District Riding Center. These experienced competitors will be jumping larger obstacles, including a challenging water complex this weekend. The popular celebrity course walk will take place today and there will be food and … Read more…

82. Good Karma at Cook Street Coffee

82.  Good Karma at Cook Street Coffee

 Our favorite “hometown coffee shop” is celebrating its first anniversary this week with daily prizes and an awesome new menu item. Cook Street Coffee opened for business on June 25th, 2009 and they’re starting their week-long celebration today. The coffee shop is holding daily raffles all week. You’ll get one raffle ticket for each drink you order this week and will be eligible to win … Read more…

79. Flip Flop Friday at Tropical Smoothie

79.  Flip Flop Friday at Tropical Smoothie

 It’s Flip Flop Friday at Tropical Smoothie in Barrington! The first 500 people who come into Tropical Smoothie in Barrington today WEARING FLIP FLOPS will receive a free 24-ounce “Jetty Punch” smoothie. “Jetty Punch” is a strawberry-banana flavored smoothie and they typically cost $4.80. While you’re at Tropical Smoothie today, they’l also ask for a $1.00 donation to go to Camp Sunshine. That’s a national … 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…

73. Welcome Home a Wounded Soldier

73.  Welcome Home a Wounded Soldier

 A 1998 Barrington High School graduate and US Army Sergeant who was recently wounded in Afghanistan is returning to Barrington today and we’re all invited to help celebrate his surprise homecoming.  Sergeant Nick Bender was injured on the morning of April 15th. He has been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Sgt. Bender was wounded when he was returning to his Forward … Read more…

71. Dollar Subs at Jimmy John’s!!!

71.  Dollar Subs at Jimmy John’s!!!

 Holy Totally Tuna! They’re lining up at the Jimmy John’s for lunch today in Barrington. That’s because the “World’s Greatest Gourmet Sandwich” shop is serving up dollar sub sandwiches for customer appreciation day. But you’d better hurry up. This one-day-only dollar sub opportunity only lasts until 3 this afternoon. Their #1 through #6 sandwiches plus the BLT are all only $1.00. They usually cost $4.89. … Read more…

70. Watch the Hawks Win at Wool Street

70.  Watch the Hawks Win at Wool Street

 Tonight could be the night the Chicago Blackhawks take home the Stanley Cup with game six against the Flyers in Philadelphia. Now who wants to watch history in the making alone on your couch at home? (ok, I’ve been known to do that)  But one of THE places to be to celebrate a hopeful Hawks win tonight is Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar in … Read more…

65. Feast at Frantonio’s Italian Deli

65.  Feast at Frantonio’s Italian Deli

 Some of the best places to eat are the ones that have been made popular, not by fancy marketing or splashy signs, but by word of mouth. They serve food so tasty, it gets people talking. In fact, someone I know through Facebook recommended I write about Frantonio’s Italian Deli and Cafe here at 365Barrington.com. So I stopped by and introduced myself to the owner, … Read more…

59. Memorial Weekend Block Party

59.  Memorial Weekend Block Party

 There’s a whole lot going on in Barrington today, including the big “Memorial Weekend Block Party” taking place at The Arboretum of South Barrington. They have activities for the whole family planned for the whole day, starting at 9AM and ending with a live performance of the “10,000 Maniacs” on the main stage at 8:30 tonight. Here’s the schedule of events for the day: 9AM … Read more…

58. Get to Know Artist Jim Root

58.  Get to Know Artist Jim Root

 The best thing about writing this blog is having an excuse to pick up the phone and call people.  This website is far from fancy, but it is one way to strike up a conversation and get to know neighbors who live right here in Barrington, like artist Jim Root.  Jim moved to Barrington Hills 23 years ago and also has a home in a small fishing … Read more…

51. Learn to Write Your Own Songs

51.  Learn to Write Your Own Songs

 My husband and I like to play our guitars together, when we have the time. Occasionally, on vacation, we dabble with writing our own songs. But the best we’ve ever come up with is a childrens’ tune that HE composed called “The Land of the Coconuts”. This endeavor went horribly wrong when I told him, in a moment of brutal honesty, that the song sounded a lot like Bobby … Read more…

48. 2-Buck Burger Tuesdays at Pinstripes

48.  2-Buck Burger Tuesdays at Pinstripes

 It’s National Hamburger Month and Pinstripes in South Barrington is celebrating by offering their signature burgers for only $2 today and every Tuesday this month. The Pinstripes signature “Sirloin Burger” is topped with Provolone Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce, Pesto Tomato and Cippollini Mayo and typically costs $9. But guests who are bowling or playing bocce will only be charged 2-bucks for their burgers on Tuesdays through … Read more…

47. Make Friends with the Ice Cream Man

47.  Make Friends with the Ice Cream Man

 Last night my husband and I decided to take our kids on a stroll to our neighborhood ice cream shop. It was meant to be a quick excursion, but turned out to be one of our baby girl’s “firsts”. We stepped up to the counter at Kaleidoscoops on Main Street and placed our order, planning to share a scoop with our 20-month-old daughter. But shop … Read more…

46. Catch Up at The Canteen Restaurant

46.  Catch Up at The Canteen Restaurant

 If you’d like to digest a little history with your Sunday brunch, grab a table at Barrington mainstay, The Canteen Restaurant and Pancake House. “The Canteen” has been serving up great food since it opened its doors at the end of World War II, back in 1945, and they still pack the house today for breakfast and for lunch. The antique neon sign marks the … Read more…