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.

Creating a More Vibrant Barrington!

"Escape Room" Concept Coming to Barrington

A portion of a mostly long-vacant building previously occupied by a car dealership on Northwest Highway in Barrington will soon be converted into an “escape room” business when Xscape in Time joins Dawson Builders at 495 W. Northwest Highway.

“We are excited to welcome a new business to the village of Barrington,” said Village President Karen Darch. “This popular new entertainment concept should be a great deal of fun with a challenge for our residents and visitors. It is exciting to have one more new venue for gathering in our village, and it's fun that it is a more unusual one for our area."

Champion Dodge Chrysler Jeep filled the entire Northwest Highway building until it closed in 2008. Dawson Builders moved into the front section in 2017.

Van J. Paulus of Xscape in Time plans to continue a suburban escape room trend with a remodeling of a section of the structure. Group physical adventure games are a feature of escape rooms.

Games typically involve players being locked in a room and trying to escape, using clues and other means to solve puzzles and riddles.

Each room will have a different theme, with at least one adult required to accompany any minors playing


The Foundry's Light Drawn Studios Supports WINGS

For the past decade, owner April Graves of Light Drawn Studios at the Foundry in Barrington has photographed children for the "Beautiful Things with Wings" calen­dar that supports WINGS, a local nonprofit organization that provides shelter and services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Portrait sessions for the calendar will be held April 16-18 at the Sanfilippo Estate. To schedule a session, call Light Drawn Studios at 224-655-7801 or visit light­ 


Barrington Wine Walk to Be Held April 28

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Barrington are partnering to host a Spring Wine Walk in the Village Center on Saturday, April 28 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

There will be a $25 participation fee for merchants who wish to serve wine (to cover the cost of the state liquor license that the Chamber will acquire). All participating mer­chants must have a Basset-trained server.

Tickets for the wine walk will be sold in advance online for $20. Participants will be required to check in at a central location to receive a wristband, a souvenir glass, and a map of participating locations.

Contact the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce at (847) 381-2525.

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.