Barrington is a social, active and vibrant community. Enjoy an hour or spend an entire day in Barrington. There is something going on each day for you to enjoy, including shopping at one-of-a-kind shops, alfresco dining, tours of the historical society and many other options.  Visit this page often to see all that Barrington has to offer.

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Shirley's Piano Bar Attracts Crowds in Downtown Barrington

ShirleysWhen Chris Bauman was a child he can remember vividly his grandfather on the piano playing all kinds of songs – Whenever he’d sleep at his grandparents it was a sure thing he’d wake up to the famous Disney tune from the movie Snow White - “hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work you go” being played on the keys as his wife, Shirley, Chris Bauman’s grandmother, would leave the house each morning for her job working at a local bank in Skokie.


Shirleys2Chris is now recreating those many piano memories, as well as a premium piano bar experience, and so much more at Shirley’s Piano Bar, which recently opened in downtown Barrington on North Cook Street at the tracks.

Shirley’s has been attracting crowds from multiple age generations to come lose their voices and sing along to their favorite songs. The recipe for suc­cess? Fantastic and consistent piano talent, great signature drinks, as well as a welcoming staff are what has made Shirley’s a destination for fun in the Northwest Suburbs.

Open late, Shirley’s also has offered a unique oppor­tunity for an exceptional night that can go until 2:00 a.m. on the weekends.

“Music has always been a part of my life and it’s been an incredible experience bringing this one of a kind piano bar experience to Barrington,” Bauman says. Bauman, who has been a concert promoter and serial entertainment entrepreneur for over a decade, moved to Barrington with his wife, Lisa, and their 3 small children over 3 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the community. One thing however they continually missed was access to premium entertainment experiences they would previously frequent in Chicago. That’s what sparked the idea for Shirley’s.

Shirley’s is open Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Shirley’s team has launched Gospel & Soul Sun­days, featuring some of the best gospel performers in Chicago each week, as well as special full album performances each Tuesday. For more information, visit


Near AnniversaryNEAR Restaurant Celebrates 6th Anniversary

NEAR Restaurant, located at 108 Barrington Commons Court, is excited to be celebrating 6 years in downtown Barrington this August! Chef/owner Gaetano Nardulli combines rich family traditions with his Michelin star back­ground to create unique dishes that are made from scratch daily. Their menu changes often and features seasonal ingredients from local producers. NEAR appreciates the support from the community over the years and looks for­ward to the future! For more information, visit

Jennie and Vera's Sweets & Savories Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

JVJennie and Vera’s Sweets + Savories at 121A Barrington Commons Court is celebrating their 3rd anniversary in August. Mother and daughter team Jennie Nass and Vera Mirkovic and their sweet bake staff have been baking tons (literally) of cookies, as well as other sweets and savories. Cookie samples are offered when visiting their brick and mortar storefront while perusing their products. Stop by and have lunch...fresh quiches and phyllo dough pastries baked fresh daily in small, hand-crafted batches, as well. Visit or call (224) 848-4504 for more information.

Explore today and Enjoy Barrington! 

Community Events:
The Village offers many family-friendly events for you to enjoy.  The following is a list of some of the upcoming events.  For a complete listing of all that is happening in Barrington, click here

Everyday Attractions:
Barrington Area Library - 505 N. Northwest Highway

Be sure to check out the Library for many great events, activities and other happenings! With storytime, school day kids crafts, book club discussions, video game tournaments, "second Friday" musical performances, computer classes and many other events for writers, readers and do-it-yourselfers, the Barrington Aera Library always has something going on. Go to their website at for more information and to register for events!

Barrington Park District - 235 Lions Drive

The Barrington Park District seeks to enhance the quality of life and the environment; to acquire conserve and protect natural resources; and to provide leisure time opportunities for benefit of citizens and families or our community.  Visit their website at to view their online brochure and to register for programs, trips, camps, fitness activities, and much more! 

The Barrington History Museum - 212 W. Main Street
Visit the working blacksmith shop, check out special exhibits, take a walking tour of historic Barrington, learn more about Barrington's history.  Plenty of fun for all ages and many educational opportunities.  Visit the website for more information and a list of special exhibits at or call (847) 381-1730.

Walk and Bike Around Barrington
Take a tour of Barrington on your bike!  Ride or walk along the many bike routes, lanes or paths throughout the Village and experience the beauty of Barrington.  There are several scenic miles of paths in the forest preserves which surround Barrington that provide for a delightful day seeing the sights from a different point of view.  See the Bike & Pedestrian page for more information and a complete map of the Barrington bike facilities.