174. “Ignite the Night” Fall Bonfire Festival & Cookout

Ignite the Night Bonfire Festival in Barrington Hills

There’s a super cool fall festival happening in Barrington Hills this weekend, so I wanted to give you the scoop and make sure you have plenty of notice.  It’s the 4th Annual “Ignite the Night” bonfire festival hosted by the Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County.

Ignite the Night Bonfire Festival in Barrington Hills

The nighttime festival will take place this Saturday, September 25th, between 5 and 10PM within the Barrington Countryside Park District at the Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills.

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172. Artists Exhibit at Barrington Gourmet Grill

Artist Thia Malenchik at Barrington Gourmet Grill

There will be some beautiful artwork on display and for sale during a special artist exhibit open house today at Barrington Gourmet Grill and it’s for a great cause. They’ll be featuring the work of three artists today, Rainey Kellogg, Gloria Zucaro and Thia Malenchik who painted this piece.

Artist Thia Malenchik at Barrington Gourmet Grill

"Mason Jar Roses" by Thia Malenchik

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170. Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival of Fun

Fun Times at Grove Avenue Carnival in Barrington, Illinois

We have AWESOME weather today for the 24th annual 3-day Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival which starts tonight in Barrington!

Fun Times at Grove Avenue Carnival in Barrington, Illinois

The carnival runs tonight, from 5-10PM, tomorrow, September 17th, from Noon until 10PM and Sunday, September 18th, from Noon -5PM. There will be lots of rides including “The Screamer” and “Super Shot” for the older kids plus the “Fun Slide” and “Go-Gator” for the wee ones…

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169. Find Bargains at Designer Kids’ Clothing Sale

Find Bargains on Designer Children's Clothing

 If you love beautiful children’s clothing, but cringe at those designer price tags, you won’t want to miss a huge consignment sale going on in Barrington this weekend. The seasonal sale only happens twice a year and is organized by two local moms who call their business “Growing Cents of Style”. They’ve set up the … Read more…

166. Shape Up with Sherry Hana

Fitness Guru Sherry Hana's Girls Nite Out

When it comes to exercise, one of my biggest challenges is staying motivated. I recently found a fitness expert in Lake Barrington who offers in-home personal training and specializes in helping busy women and moms get their exercise routines back on track. Her name is Sherry Hana, and this week, she’s hosting an evening of fun, healthy food, fitness tips and FREE MASSAGES at her own home.

Fitness Guru Sherry Hana's Girls Nite Out

I recently caught up with Sherry during a fitness session at the home of Marianne Swallie, of one of her clients in Cary. The cool thing is that you don’t need a finished basement or fancy fitness equipment, because Sherry will have all of the tools and expertise you need with her when she knocks on your front door.

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163. Try a Pie from Sergio’s Pizza

Sergio's Pizza in Barrington, Illinois

It’s the busiest night of the week at Sergio’s Pizza in Barrington. On a typical Friday night, the popular Barrington pizza spot serves up about 200 pizzas, and tonight, they have some big VIP orders to fill from the boy scouts, to the high school to Barrington Youth Football. Sergio’s owner, Tony Dioguardi, gave me a quick tour of the kitchen during crunch time today.

Sergio's Pizza in Barrington, Illinois

Sergio’s has been around in Barrington for the past 28 years, but Tony bought the business five years ago. He owned his own brokerage firm and decided he was ready for a change of pace…

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161. “Guess Where Wednesday” & Last Week’s Winner

Mystery Photo at 365Barrington.com

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s contest day here at 365Barrington.com. We’re happy to announce the winner of last week’s challenge and we also have a new mystery photo and a great prize for this week’s winner. So let’s try this again.  Can you guess where in Barrington this picture was taken?

Mystery Photo at 365Barrington.com

We’ll get to this week’s prize in a minute. But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner. We had a bunch of correct guessers last week, but we drew the name today and the winner is…

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160. 9.11 Mile Freedom Run & Family Festival

9.11 Mile Run to Commemorate the Anniversary of the September Eleventh Attacks

As the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, the Barrington community is preparing to host a special tradition created to commemorate the date and honor members of the US Military who are helping protect our freedoms and our safety.  At 9:11AM on this upcoming Saturday morning, September 11th, hundreds of runners will take part in Barrington’s annual 9.11 Mile Freedom Run followed by a day-long Family Festival.

9.11 Mile Run to Commemorate the Anniversary of the September Eleventh Attacks

Photo Courtesy of Bob Lee

The pre race activities will begin at 8AM outside the Metra Station in downtown Barrington this Saturday morning, and the run starts at 9:11 Sharp! If you’re not up for running 9.11 miles, there’s also a 9.11 kilometer (5.6) mile route and you’ll find course maps clicking HERE.  You can register in advance online through this Thursday, September 9th, by clicking HERE.  The registration fee for the 9.11 mile run is $40 and the 9.11 kilometer walk/run is $35.  Registration is either free or deeply discounted for members of the US Military.  The Freedom Run is sponsored by “We Do Care“, a non-profit group that provides ways for us to thank and show support for military personnel and their families.  Here’s a look at a video of the inaugural 9.11 Freedom Run in Barrington.

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159. Barrington Hills Polo Part II

Playing Polo in Barrington Hills

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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158. Barrington Polo & the Kalaway Landowners Cup

Playing Polo in Barrington Hills

 If you’ve always wanted to get a close-up view of a live polo match, here’s your chance!  Barrington Hills is home to one of the Midwest’s finest polo clubs and next weekend the club is hosting the 6th Annual Kalaway Landowners Club, Chicagoland’s biggest polo event of the year. The Kalaway Landowners Cup will take place next … Read more…