Welcome to Barrington!
Whether you’re a Barrington resident or a visitor to our beautiful area, we welcome you to enjoy the many cultural, entertainment, recreation, shopping and dining offerings that are so unique to our wonderful community.
Barrington lies at the crossroads between city and country – just 40 miles northwest of Chicago, and yet for over 150 years we have maintained a distinctly small-town, country heritage that will certainly charm you when you spend the day (or even a weekend!) experiencing the many things that Barrington has to offer.
Barrington boasts of numerous world-class cultural programs at our Barrington’s White House; a large historic district dotted with a myriad of architectural styles and featuring three structures on the National Register; vast outdoor recreational activities in our sweeping open space expanses; and dozens of opportunities for unique shopping, dining and gathering in the heart of the Village.
We invite you to explore all that Barrington has to offer, and Enjoy Barrington all year round!
Culture & Entertainment
Barrington provides a wealth of opportunities throughout the year for culture and entertainment.
The Barrington Cultural Commission works closely with Barrington’s White House to plan numerous events at this beautiful cultural arts center, with ongoing performances and events spanning classical string trios, intimate theater productions, guest lectures, and more.
The historic Catlow Theater downtown shows affordable, first-run movies in an old-time setting, and its adjacent Showtime Eatery ramps up the experience with sandwiches, wine and beer to enjoy inside the theater.
Many of Barrington’s restaurants offer live music and entertainment in the evenings and on weekends, including the new SIP Barrington in the Barrington Commons, Shirley’s Piano Bar on Cook Street, McGonigal’s Pub, Francesca’s, and Flesk Brewery, among others.
Thursday is a popular day in Barrington, with 3rd Thursdays Art Night Out during the spring and fall season. In the summer, Thursdays feature Cruise Nights, the Farmers’ Market, Community Band Concerts in the Park, a beer garden at Flesk Brewery and much more.
Barrington’s White House
Since its founding in 2015, Barrington’s White House has become the cultural hub of our community, as well as a magnificent space for weddings and private parties.
Musical performances, theater and dance events, and world-class lectures on a variety of topics are held throughout the year. Each “3rd Thursday” during the season, experience our FREE Art Night Out with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Visit www.barringtonswhitehouse.com/events for more information.
Barrington's White House
History & Architecture
History and architecture abound in Barrington. The Village was incorporated in 1865, but the Barrington area was settled by pioneers in the 1830s.
What began as a farming community quickly turned into a transportation hub as Barrington was platted along the Chicago & North Western Railway. In the early 1900s, the area became a countryside retreat for wealthy Chicago businessmen, and its equestrian tradition, small-town charm, and wide open spaces remain today.
Barrington’s Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places (see right). It is one of the largest frame-home districts in Illinois, with an emphasis on Folk, Craftsman, Victorian, and other early American architectural styles. The crown jewel is Lake Street, where you can see stunning examples of Queen Anne homes lining this quiet, tree-shaded byway. Throughout the Village, you’ll find plaques marking the history of both homes and businesses.
The Barrington History Museum features ongoing exhibits and also demonstrations at the old Blacksmith Shop, which was moved from its former site at Village Hall to its new location on Applebee Street behind the History Museum.
And for those who enjoy a bit of Chicago gangster intrigue, Barrington has the infamous honor of being the site of the 1934 “Battle at Barrington” that killed two FBI agents as well as notorious gangster Babyface Nelson. A memorial plaque honors the FBI agents at Langendorf Park.
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Recreation & Open Space
The Barrington area is unique in Chicago in that it lies so close to one of the world’s finest cities, and yet it is better known for its vast open spaces, equestrian heritage, and as a “jumping-off” point from the city for outdoor recreation of all kinds.
Early each weekend morning, you’ll see dozens of cyclists parking at Barrington High School and riding off in many directions along our serene back-country lanes, then stopping for breakfast or lunch in town. Even if you don’t enjoy cycling, a Sunday drive amid the horse farms and vast estates is a treat in itself. Golfers have many options to enjoy our area’s serenity as well, including the public Makray Memorial Golf Club.
Hikers, runners, birders, fishermen, and cross-country skiers enjoy the many preserves surrounding our community in both Lake and Cook Counties, including Crabtree Nature Preserve, Deer Grove Preserve, Spring Creek Preserve, Cuba Marsh, and Grassy Lake Preserve. Barrington is also just a few miles from the Fox River, a boating and water recreation mecca leading all the way to the Chain O’Lakes near the Wisconsin border.
The Riding Club of Barrington Hills maintains a vast network of bridle trails that crisscross our area through both public and private land, providing our local equestrians with many opportunities to view scenic beauty on horseback.
Our conservation organizations, Citizens for Conservation and Barrington Area Conservation Trust, offer numerous hikes and work days in their preserves. And the Barrington Park District maintains numerous parks as well (see right) that provide many passive and active recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
The Barrington Park District offers a wealth of recreational opportunities in Barrington. Its major facilities include:
Langendorf Park and its Recreation Center offer an outdoor pool, splashpad, playgrounds & ball-fields, a par-3 golf course, indoor gym & basketball courts, pavilions, community rooms and programming.
Citizens Park and Pepper Family Treehouse
Citizens Park features a walking/biking/jogging path that connects to Cuba Marsh, a vast open field for passive recreation, a playground, a handicapped-accessible treehouse and numerous indoor & outdoor pavilions for parties and gatherings, as well as ice skating & some of the Chicago area’s best cross-country skiing.
Beese Park is a large park featuring a playground and numerous ball fields used by sports teams.
Barrington Park District
Family-friendly and adult-oriented special events occur throughout year, providing everyone a chance to gather in town with your neighbors and friends and enjoy the community spirit that is uniquely Barrington.
The year kicks off in February with Barrington’s Town-Warming, a gathering of nationally and locally renowned speakers who discuss important topics of the day. March features the Oscar Shorts, a wildly popular film festival of Oscar-nominated short films at the Catlow Theater.
Spring brings Breakfast with Bunny at the Ice House Mall, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Family Expo, Barrington Wine Walk, Kite Fly and Kids Fest, Barrington Independent Film Festival, numerous 5k/10k walks and runs, and the annual Memorial Day Art Festival and parade.
But summer is by far the best time in Barrington. Thursdays are Barrington’s day out, with the Farmer’s Market, Cruise Night, a beer garden at Flesk Brewery, and Community Band Concerts at Memorial Park, along with restaurant and shop specials.
The week-long July 4th festivities are a can’t-miss. The Good Shepherd Family Fitness Run kicks off the morning, and then over 10,000 people gather in town for the annual Fourth of July parade, Brat Tent and fireworks. Activities at the Brat Tent continue all week and culminate in the annual Uncork Barrington wine festival and Barrington BrewFest.
Late summer and fall bring National Night Out Against Crime, Barrington Sale Days, JourneyCare Duck Race & Pool Party, the Fall Barrington Wine Walk, and Scarecrow Fest.
The highlight of the year is the Barrington Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on the first Saturday in December, with Santa’s arrival downtown, the holiday trolley, family fun activities, and much more!
WAYS TO ENJOY BARRINGTON EVERY SEASON OF THE YEAR!
Breakfast with Bunny at the Ice House Mall
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
Barrington Wine Walk
Kite Fly & Kids Fest
Mother’s Day Run
Barrington Independent Film Festival
Memorial Day Art Festival & Parade
Relay for Life
Cruise Night & Farmers Market
Community Band Concerts at Memorial Park
Fourth of July Activities
Barrington Sale Days
Caribbean Night at Langendorf Park
JourneyCare Duck Race & Pool Party
Concerts in Citizens Park
National Night Out Against Crime
Big Trucks at Beese Park
Plein Air Outdoor Artists’ Event
Barrington Fall Wine Walk
Barrington Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
Cross-Country Skiing & Ice Skating at Citizens Park
Oscar Shorts Film Festival
Forest Preserve Winter Hikes & Cross-Country Skiing
Shopping & Dining
Shopping and dining is plentiful in Barrington, with our quaint Village shops and numerous restaurants offering something for everyone.
Shopping in town means that our friendly small-business owners are always available to help you with everything you need, from finding the perfect gift or outfit for every occasion to custom-ordering clothing, shoes, and more.
Barrington has become the place to be for great restaurants in recent years, with al fresco dining in the warmer months and even a new beer garden at Flesk Brewery at the Ice House Mall.
From All-American burgers, hot dogs, and more at the Original Tracks and Kooker’s to fine dining at Francesca’s, Shakou, NeoTeca, Near, Ciao Baby, Farmhouse on North, Pl8, Sagano, and Chessie’s, Barrington has the perfect restaurant for every palate.
Love breakfast? Try Egg Harbor, Southern Belle’s, the Canteen, or Bread Basket. Craving pizza? Try Sergio’s, Pizza Factory, Primo Pizza, or Rosati’s. Find barbeque at Big Iron Horse BBQ and specialty offerings at Gnarly Knots Gourmet Pretzels; Ambrosia, Heart of Europe, and Clarke’s bakeries; Pure Organic Juicery; candy at the Sweet Spot and Anderson’s; Christi's Sweet Cafe; and Let’s Yo Yogurt.
For after-hours fun, check out McGonigal’s Pub, Flesk Brewery, Shirley’s Piano Bar, NeoTeca, and the rooftop at Shakou.
If you love antiquing, Barrington has numerous offerings around town. Wellness spas, hair and nail salons, and yoga and fitness studios also abound, providing plenty of pampering opportunities for a day away.
We hope you’ll come and spend the day in Barrington, enjoying all the activities we have to offer while you shop, dine, and stroll in the Village.
THE UNIQUE SHOPS OF BARRINGTON
A stroll through Barrington features numerous unique shops in four shopping districts (Village Center, the Shops on Lageschulte, the Ice House Mall, and the Route 14 corridor), including:
Ace Hardware (friendly service)
Allegro Dance Boutique (dance apparel)
Angelina, Colored Squid, Barrington Flower Shop, Fresh Flower Market, Little Shop of Papers, Acacia Organics (specialty items, gifts & more)
Long & Co., Michael J. Miller, and Estate Jewelers (jewelry)
MS Moda, Diana’s of Barrington (bridal)
Norton’s USA (all-American products)
Notice, One Girl, Glam & Glitz, Savvy Spirit, EwelineB, Tru Bleu, Flutter Fab, Amazing Gracies, Barrington Saddlery (apparel)
Phillips Men’s Wear (fine men’s clothing)
Tootsies (women’s and children’s shoes)
Viking Ski Shop (ski & patio)... AND MORE!