Barrington is a great place to “Live, Work, and Play.”
A beautiful, historic suburb just 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington’s 10,168 residents pride themselves on the Village’s hometown charm and small-town heritage.
The Village of Barrington serves as the hub of activity for the 90-square-mile Barrington area, which consists of 7 independent villages and more than 43,000 residents. The Metra train stops right in the village center, easily connecting Barrington to the City of Chicago.
The Village of Barrington is a non-home rule municipality functioning under the President - Trustee form of government. There is a distinction in the State of Illinois between home rule and non-home rule communities. Home rule communities have significantly more licensing and taxing powers than non-home rule communities. Home rule communities are also sometimes exempted from many State mandates.
There is much to do in Barrington. You can stroll our village center, which is surrounded by a beautiful residential historic district, while stopping to eat at our fine restaurants or shop in our quaint stores. You can also attend a wide variety of family-oriented events throughout the year, from a week-long Fourth of July Festival to weekly Farmers’ Markets and Thursday-night events throught Barrington.
Barrington District 220 schools are consistently among the top in state and national rankings. The Barrington area’s unique access to a wide variety of outdoor recreation in the form of parks, forest preserves, and horse and hiking trails makes its location second to none.
All told, the Village of Barrington offers a living experience that can't be beat