Category: Contests

244. Guess Where Wednesday: A Little Barrington History

 I was inspired to mix a little Barrington history with our mystery photo contest after sharing our story about Sam and the history of the Bread Basket earlier this week.  You’ll get a little clue to this week’s mystery photo if you take a closer look at that feature.  This might not be a very revealing photo, but the building holds so much local history.  Can anyone guess where I was standing when I took it?

If you can guess where I was standing, the business you’ll find in this building today or the bustling business that used to occupy the building in the 20th century, you could win this contest!  The prize is something linked to the place where I took the picture.  I’ll admit, you might have an advantage if you know your Barrington history. But, either way, we hope you’ll venture a guess, which is easy to do using the comments box below.
In the meantime, we drew a name to pick a winner from last week’s mystery photo contest and the winner is……

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231. Guess Where Wednesday: It’s Totally Sweet!

 If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely have an advantage in this week’s Guess Where Wednesday mystery photo contest.  You haven’t truly experienced Barrington in all of its sweet glory if you’ve never been t0 the place where this week’s photo was taken.  Can you guess where we are?

If you can guess this week’s mystery photo, you’ll have a chance to win a gift certificate to spend at the place where the picture was taken.  And, let me tell you, you will be surrounded by the food of the gods!
(DING DING DING – Voici votre clue de la semaine!) 
Entering the contest will take you seconds and we’ll reveal the winner on Wednesday of next week.  But first, let’s take a look at who won last week’s mystery photo contest.  We had a record number of votes come in last week, with over 50 people submitting guesses.  But we can only pick one winner.  My daughter drew the name just seconds ago and it is……

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230. KIDS CLUB CONTEST: What if You Were President?

 It’s the first day of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB contest here at Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners and, with toys on the line and politics on the mind, the stakes are high for this one! We have winners to announce today from last month’s Classroom Riddle Challenge.  And, this month, our contest has a presidential theme.  All kids or “kids at heart” are welcome to enter, but you must be a youngin to win ;).

With the 2012 presidential election coming up in November, we’re asking the kids out there this one question:
If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?
Entering this month’s contest is easy….…

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229. Guess Where Mystery Photo Contest: Horsing Around

 I have a quick contest for you this week.  It’s another mystery photo that I took of one of the Barrington Area United Way’s horses stationed around town for the Roundup II gala horse auction coming up on Saturday, October 13th.  I tried to get an angle on this one so you’d have a few clues as to where I was standing.  Can you guess where I was when I took this picture?

If you can guess the location of this week’s mystery photo, you could win a $25 gift card to spend at the place where I was standing.  That means you’ll have a lot of choices about where to spend it so let’s just call that our clue for the week!
Here’s how the contest works……

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218. KIDS CLUB: Take the Classroom Riddle Challenge

 It’s time for your little ones to have some fun here at with a brand new Kids Club Contest.  Plus, we have two winners to announce from last month’s Blue House Mystery contest.  This month we have a “Back to School” theme.  We’re calling it the Classroom Riddle Challenge and the best part is that Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners!

We have five classroom-related riddles in this quiz. And each kid who submits any correct answers will be entered into our drawing.
But first, let’s reveal our winners who correctly solved last month’s Blue House Mystery. Here was the riddle:
There is a one story house and everything is blue.
The lamp is blue, the floor is blue.
The walls are blue and
the roof is blue.
What color are the stairs?
And the two winners who correctly guessed the answer and will each win $50 gift cards to spend at Learning Express Toys are……

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213. Say Hi to Sam at the Bread Basket

 We had a lot of fun watching the guesses come in for our recent mystery photo contest. Exactly two weeks ago, we challenged you to tell us if you know the guy in this picture…

The contest rules were simple: Correctly guess the place where I took the photo and, if you could also share the guy’s name, you’d be entered in our drawing twice.  It was a little bit of an experiment and I was excited to see that dozens of people guessed it right!
I was standing inside The Bread Basket restaurant in downtown Barrington when I snapped the picture. And most guessers also knew that the man in the picture is the restaurant’s owner, Sam Nikolaidis. A few of them went a little further, offering Sam a few words of praise with their answers.
“It is SAM at the Bread Basket. He’s a mind reader. When I walk in, he tells me what I want before I even look at the daily specials board. And he’s usually right!”  – Eric Hochstein
“It’s Sam from the Bread Basket! My earliest memory is sitting in one of those booths as a 3 year old having a Bread Basket breakfast.”  – Nick Sauer
“It’s Sam Nikolaidis from the Bread Basket! He’s my go-to Sunday lunch guy and has been for a long, long time.”  – Karen McBride

The Bread Basket has been a downtown Barrington staple since it opened in the 1920’s. We’re going to be sharing more about the restaurant’s history and its menu in the coming weeks here at so stay tuned.
We received dozens of submissions in this contest, Sam is buying lunch for the winner, we just drew a name and it is……

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206. Guess Where Wednesday: Name that Dude!

 We’re adding a little twist this week by making “Guess Where Wednesday” more like “Guess WHO Wednesday”.  Why not?  We love trying new things here at  Plus, when I suggested the idea to our mystery model today, he was all for it!  So, for this week’s contest, all you have to do is guess where I was when I took this guy’s picture. If you’ve ever been to this place before, odds are you’ve seen him standing right here. And, if you know his name, your guess counts twice!

This mystery man is a pretty popular guy in town and he’s buying lunch for the winner.  So if you know the answer, just submit your guess in the comments box below. You have through Tuesday, August 7th to submit your guesses before we draw and reveal the winner in TWO WEEKS, on Wednesday, August 8th.
And now, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and her name is……

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202. Guess Where Wednesday & Last Week’s Winner

 Who says we can’t play Guess Where Wednesday on Thursday? A special birthday party made me a day late with our contest this week. But we have a cool new mystery photo which might be a little tricky.  I was standing outdoors in a very public location in the heart of Barrington when I took this picture.  But I zoomed in pretty tight to try and keep you guessing and you can enter yours to win anytime through next Tuesday, July 24th.   The top left edge of this photograph might give you a little hint and you’ll find another clue if you read on.

If you know where we took the photo, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple and the prize is pretty cool!
But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and his name is……

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

 United Way’s painted horses are back in Barrington and on display at locations throughout the community.  They just started putting the horses up and you’ll soon be spotting them all over town, giving us some great “mystery photo” material for our weekly Guess Where Wednesday photo contest.  Can you guess where in Barrington this United Way painted horse is standing?  Take a close look at the bricks in the background.  If you’re super sleuthy, they just might be the clue that gives it all away ;).

“Roundup II” is the United Way’s second painted horse campaign in Barrington.  The horses will be on display throughout town until they’re auctioned off to support community causes during the United Way’s Roundup II Gala Horse Auction this October 13th.  For more information, visit  If you know where I was standing when I took the horse photo above, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple, the prize is super cool and I even have a clue for this week!  But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and her name is……

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190. Guess Where Wednesday & Last Week’s Winner

 Because we celebrated the 4th of July with guests at our home yesterday, I’m a day late in publishing our weekly mystery photo contest and revealing last week’s winner. But we have a new mystery photo for you today that might be a little tricky. Who can tell where in Barrington this photograph was taken?

If you know where we took the photo, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple, the prize is delicious and I even have a clue for this week!
But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and his name is……

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178. Guess Where Wednesday & Last Week’s Winner

 It’s Wednesday and that means it’s game day here at We have a new “Guess Where Wednesday” mystery photo for you today. All you have to do is guess where in Barrington I was when I took this picture to win a prize.

If you know where I was, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple, the prize is sweet and I even have a clue for this week!
But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and her name is……

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160. KIDS CLUB: Draw Your Dad to Win Father’s Day Art Contest

 It’s the first day of the month and that means it’s time for our monthly 365 Barrington Kids Club contest with cool prizes on the line, courtesy of Learning Express Toys. We have three winners from last month’s challenge, which was to draw a picture of your mom for mother’s day and to tell us what you love most about her.
Seven kids from three different Barrington families submitted artwork for this contest and we’ve decided to split the $100 Learning Express Toys gift certificate to share with all three families. But we have another $100 to give away this month and have decided to give our new contest a Father’s Day theme.  Entering is easy.  Just share this challenge with your kids, give them some paper, markers, paints or crayons and let their imaginations do the rest……

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144. 365 Barrington “Kids Club” Mother’s Day Art Contest

 If you have kids, know kids or are a kid-at-heart, we have some exciting news.  Starting today, we’re carving out a new space here at that’s devoted to great stuff for children to do in Barrington and we’ve even invented a brand new monthly contest!  During the first week of each month, we’re going to challenge kids to share their own original artwork, based on a theme, with awesome prizes offered by our partner in this project, Learning Express Toys. Our first contest starts today as we debut the brand new 365 Barrington “Kids Club”, a new way to keep up on the latest local cool stuff for kiddos.

So here’s how it works:  Each month we’ll pose a challenge for kids to answer with a drawing and a few words, if they so choose.  Our first “Kids Club” contest has a Mother’s Day theme……

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130. Reveal the Spring Break 2012 Photo Contest Winners

 A record breaking number of votes came in for our Spring Break 2012 photo contest and we’re excited to announce today that we have THREE WINNERS! 51 percent of the almost 600 votes cast were for a photo called “Baby’s First Spring Break” taken by local photographer, Emily Hernandez. Emily takes the top prize in our contest, for the second year in a row! And with a wee one in the family, the Hernandez family chose to celebrate spring break right here at home.
The top prize in this year’s contest is a $50 gift card to spend at retail shops throughout Barrington that are among the 900+ members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber president, Janet Meyer, says she’s thrilled to see the prize go to someone who planned a spring break staycation right here in the Barrington area. To see more of Emily’s photography, visit her website at
The photo that scored second place, with 35 percent of the vote, is an image called “Close Encounters” taken by Laury Kossoff……

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