NoonDaily | Black Spidey Gets Teeth Cleaned, Planks with Friends, Fab Fall Scarves, Thanksgiving Entertaining with Pink Geranium & More!

NoonDaily | Black Spidey Gets Teeth Cleaned, Planks with Friends, Fab Fall Scarves, Thanksgiving Entertaining with Pink Geranium & More!

 Time for today’s NoonDaily Update, our new approach to gathering information and sharing the good things happening in and around Barrington, Illinois. Each day we publish a post at noon featuring the latest collected photos and information from various sources around town and we hope you’ll join us in sharing. Today’s update is complied with … Read more…

142. Don Your Derby Hat for Barrington Children’s Charities

142. Don Your Derby Hat for Barrington Children’s Charities

Dust off your derby hats and spruce up your seersucker suits, Barrington Children’s Charities’ second annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby party is coming up this Saturday and we’re all invited. Barrington Hills resident and Children’s Charities founder, Darby Hills (seen here on left), says there are fun new details in store for this year’s festivities, thanks, in part, to Kathleen McLaughlin, the local event planner behind the party.

Courtesy of Laura Pavin

Kentucky Derby-style hats in all shapes and sizes will be a big part of the entertainment at this Saturday’s event, held to benefit Barrington Children’s Charities and the national Blessings in a Backpack campaign. All proceeds from this weekend’s party will directly benefit Barrington School District 220 families who are part of the free and reduced lunches program…

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27. Meet & Encourage Barrington’s Youngest Artists

27. Meet & Encourage Barrington’s Youngest Artists

The people in charge of this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival are shining a spotlight on the area’s youngest artists this year. For the first time, they’re devoting a section of the festival to youth artists who will be displaying their works for sale and there will also be a children’s art activity area where kids of all ages can slip on a smock, roll up their sleeves and create their own masterpieces.

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

The family fun is totally FREE and it will definitely be a highlight of this year’s festival!

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24. Meet the Green Grocer in South Barrington

24.  Meet the Green Grocer in South Barrington

A Chicago neighborhood hot spot is opening for business in Barrington TODAY to offer a new place for us to find fresh local produce while shopping outdoors.  The Green Grocer is debuting a seasonal open air market this morning at the Arboretum of South Barrington and their colorful fruits and veggies are just waiting to come home to your table.

Open Air Produce Market at the Arboretum of South Barrington
Courtesy of Dan Wendt

The new Produce Market will be a great place to pop in and pick up essential grocery items, lunch to go, the ingredients for a fresh and delicious dinner, fresh flowers or a gift for a friend who loves unique and hard-to-find food items.

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

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

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

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

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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306. Be Crowned the South Barrington Chili Champ

306.  Be Crowned the South Barrington Chili Champ

The results are in after Saturday’s “Chilly Challenge” Chili Cook-off in South Barrington. About 300 chili fans from in and around Barrington met at the South Barrington Arboretum Saturday afternoon to sample and vote for chili prepared by seven local restaurants.

2011 Chili Champion at the South Barrington Arboretum

I was one of the guest judges and snapped a few photos on the chili tour, which started at Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce & Bistro. A shuttle whisked the chili tasters off to all seven restaurants, which included Pinstripes, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Nozuzmi Asian & Japanese Cuisine, Gold Class Cinemas, L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie, Panera Bread and defending 2010 Chili Champion, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. That’s a lot of chili for only $10 and it was so much fun! Almost all of the participants cast ballots for their favorites at the very end and it was a very close vote. But the 2011 South Barrington Arboretum Chili Champion is…

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281. "Dralion" Cirque Du Soleil VIP Package Giveaway

281.  "Dralion" Cirque Du Soleil VIP Package Giveaway

The South Barrington Arboretum is giving away a VIP suite for ten people to see the latest touring Cirque Du Soleil show, Dralion,  at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.  It’s easy.  All you have to do is sign up online to be entered into the drawing.

Barrington Giveaway for Dralion Cirque Du Soleil at the Sears Center

The estimated value of the VIP package is over $750. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing, but you have to be 18 years or older. The deadline to enter is January 25th and the drawing will take place that same day.  You can learn more about the show at CirqueDuSoleil.com/Dralion and here is an excerpt from that website:

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258. Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in South Barrington

258.  Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in South Barrington

I always love the beginning of new traditions and the South Barrington Arboretum is adding complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides to their list of things you can do when you visit their brand new outdoor skating plaza this year.

Sleigh Rides at the South Barrington Arboretum

Every Saturday and Sunday, they’re offering complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides from 11AM until 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The rides start at the brand new Alexian Brothers Skating Plaza. Have you checked out the new open air ice rink yet?

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233. New Skating Plaza Opening in South Barrington!

233.  New Skating Plaza Opening in South Barrington!

I have a bad habit of overusing exclamation points, but today, I simply HAD to put one in our title! Because, one week from today, the area’s only Open-Air Skating Rink will be opening for business in South Barrington. They’re busy setting it up at the South Barrington Arboretum and there are two big events tied to the outdoor “Skating Plaza’s” grand opening next weekend. The first is an appearance by “Skates”, the Chicago Wolves Mascot.

Skates the Chicago Wolves Mascot

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228. Sign Up for the South Barrington Gobbler Gallop

228.  Sign Up for the South Barrington Gobbler Gallop

South Barrington is continuing a brand new tradition by hosting the second annual “Gobbler Gallop” one week from today on Sunday, November 21st. The 5K run and 1 mile walk is a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving season because you’ll be helping two important causes AND get a great workout at the same time.

Gobbler Gallop in South Barrington

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

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

Last Wednesday’s Halloween mystery photo here at 365Barrington.com was a tough one. You really needed your thinking cap to figure out where the photo of those two little chocolate ghosts was taken. But we have a winner and a great new prize for this week’s contest. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, here is our new mystery photo of the week. I found something with a football theme to mark the end of a great Bronco’s Football season. Can you guess where I was when I took this picture?

Guess Where Wednesday

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

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211. Bubbles, Bon Bons & Brie

211.  Bubbles, Bon Bons & Brie

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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209. Scare Up Some Halloween Fun – FOR KIDS

209.  Scare Up Some Halloween Fun – FOR KIDS

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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199. Join the Fight, Take a Bite Burger Bash

199. Join the Fight, Take a Bite Burger Bash

If you love hamburgers, the South Barrington Arboretum is THE place to be from 1-3PM today. The shopping center’s restaurants are hosting a two hour “Burger Tour” today where you can sample gourmet burgers, vote for your faves and help fight cancer while you’re licking your lips.

Burger Tour to Support Breast Health

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