Category: Mystery Photo

265. Spot the Scarecrow: A Straw Man for 3 Reasons

 There are only a few days left to vote for who you think should win the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow design competition. So we have time for one last Spot the Scarecrow mystery photo contest. One Barrington business designed their scarecrow with a Ride for 3 Reasons theme this year in honor of Bob Lee, who is wrapping up his 2,000 mile bike ride down the Pacific coast this week.

If you can guess outside what Barrington business we spotted the 3 Reasons scarecrow, you’ll have a chance to win a prize linked to the place where we took the picture.  Take a minute to look for the clue you’ll find under his armpit.  You can greatly increase your odds of winning just by picking up the phone ;)!
Bob Lee is getting closer, but he has yet to reach his goal of raising $1 Million to support initiatives related to cancer, ALS and Hospice end-of-life care. He still has to raise about $100,000 in individual donations to unlock $200,000 of matching funds that have been pledged to the cause if Bob can reach his goal. Bob says every little bit helps and he’s looking forward to visiting with supporters at his welcome home party, which is coming up from 4 to 5 p.m. at Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Center on Saturday, November 3rd.  To learn more about the ride and support the cause, visit 3Reasons.org.
And if you know where we took the picture of this week’s 3 Reasons scarecrow, all you have to do is enter your guess below for a chance to win.  But first, we just drew the name of last week’s winner and it is……

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260. Spot the Scarecrow: Remembering Whitney Houston

 It’s Wednesday and that mean’s it’s contest day here at 365Barrington.com. We’re playing another round of Spot the Scarecrow this week. It’s our usual mystery photo contest with a fall twist.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is tell us where in Barrington we spotted this scarecrow tribute to deceased diva, Whitney Houston. A local business designed her for the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow competition. Can you guess where she is?

If you can tell us where Whitney is perched, you have a chance to win a prize worth $60 from the business who designed her.  Whitney is one of dozens of scarecrows hanging around town these days.  Voting for the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow design contest is underway now.  You have until October 31st (Halloween) to cast your vote by CLICKING HERE and they’ll announce the winners on the Village web site on Thursday, November 1.
And you may still wondering where we took this last Spot the Scarecrow mystery photo……

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252. “Spot the Scarecrow” Mystery Photo Contest Returns

 With scarecrows decorating businesses throughout Barrington, we can’t help but reintroduce Spot the Scarecrow, the fall version of our weekly mystery photo contest here at 365Barrington.com. The first photo of our series is one of the many straw creations designed for the Village of Barrington’s annual Scarecrow Contest.  This guy is dressed up as an artist and you’ll spot him if you’re whizzing by on a pretty busy street in town.  Can you guess where he is?

And just in case this tight shot’s too tricky, here’s a more revealing look. His artwork is quite impressive for a man made of straw and the buildings in the background might give it away.  But if you can’t think of where he is now, keep looking around town and I bet you’ll find him.  You have a week to submit your guesses.

The winner of this week’s contest will receive a cool prize that has something to do with the spot where we took the picture.  That might have some of you scratching your heads, but you’ll find out next week ;).  Entering the contest is easy and you’ll find the steps below. But first, we just drew our winner from last week’s contest and her name is……

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247. Guess Where Wednesday: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…

 With this week’s mystery photo, we want to see how many of you really know the Barringtons because it’s pretty hard to miss this giant orange smiley face if you’re driving past one place that’s pretty popular this time of year. I cropped the photo to try to fake you out, but this one might be obvious. Can you guess what it’s a picture of?

If you correctly guess this week’s mystery photo, you have a chance to win a prize linked to the place where we took the picture.  So good luck with your guessing and we’ll let you know the answer when we reveal our new mystery photo on Wednesday of next week.
Now for last week’s mystery photo. This one was a stumper! For the first time in the history of our Wednesday mystery photo contests here at 365Barrington.com, no one submitted a guess. So it’s my fault for being difficult.  I just couldn’t help but share this image I recently took while on Park Avenue after I recently spotted the same building in an historic photo of downtown Barrington.  The initials, E.C. Groff, and the year, 1907 are rusty reminders of years gone by.

Several different businesses used to be housed in this building.  Does anyone remember when it was the old Ben Franklin store?  I love how the facade of today’s McGonigal’s Pub building (off in the distance in the photo below) currently looks as it did so many years ago when it was the First State Bank of Barrington……

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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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236. Guess Where Wednesday: “Sip Local” Central

 It’s time for our regular Guess Where Wednesday mystery photo contest and, this week, we have a theme.  The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 9th annual Taste’fest & EXPO on Thursday of next week.  So I decided to snap a photo outside one of the many area restaurants taking part in the big event.  So let’s see if I can stump you on this one.  Can anyone guess where in Barrington I was standing when I took this picture?

If  you can guess where I took the picture and who loves the “Sip Local” message, you’ll have a chance to win two tickets to Taste’fest, and that’s a $70 value!  This year’s 9th annual Barrington Taste’fest is taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Thursday, September 20th, at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates.

If you want to pick your new favorite local restaurant, this is probably the quickest way to do it.  Food & beverage experts and chefs from 30+ area restaurants, cafés, wineries and microbreweries will be serving up samplings of their signature dishes at next week’s Taste’fest. Restaurants include: Agio Italian Bistro, Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant, Brunch Café, Cook Street Coffee, Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Couture Cupcake Café,  DiBenedetto Trattoria, Egg Shells, Enzo & Lucia Ristorante & Café, Eshticken Pizza, Francesca Famiglia, Frantonios-Italian Café, Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria, Hawthorn Woods Golf Club, Jerseys Pizza & Grill, Jewel/Osco, L’Eiffel Bistrot, Long Grove Cafe & Restaurant, Marriott River City Grille & Lounge, McGonigal’s Pub, Millrose Restaurant & Banquets, On Occasion Catering , Pinstripes, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Savory Salads, Sweet Whimsy, The Annex, Whole Foods Market, The Anvil Club, The Lucky Monk & more.
Feeling hungry?  Be sure to bring your appetite next Thursday night!  CLICK HERE for more event details and to purchase tickets online.  Or, for a chance to win tickets, just take another look at today’s mystery photo and give us your best guess!  Look closely at the image.  You might find a blurry clue or two in the background.
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 must have a lot of sweets lovers in the crowd because we received many guesses last week and almost all of them were right! Except for Kris, the self-proclaimed optimist who guessed that we took the picture of the pastries “in my fridge the next time I open the door.”  We love your wishful thinking, Kris!  So here’s our winner. We just drew her name and it’s……

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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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