Barrington

Welcome to Barrington

Sophisticated country-suburban village where historic charisma pairs well with polished neighborhoods

Walking amongst the arbored streets and stylish, refined architecture, it’s easy to fall in love with the quintessential small-town beauty of the Village of Barrington. The landscape is a refined mixture of country-meets-suburban, where homes rest on wooded plots and the family-friendly downtown district is dotted with historic structures and familiar faces.

Barrington has a reputation for its classy population and the elevated sense of privacy within its idyllic neighborhoods. A long, rich history contributes to the established feel of the village, which was incorporated in 1863. Modern-day Barrington’s population of just 10,200 luxuriates in the village’s natural beauty and tranquility while also being a mere hour away from the dazzling metropolis of Chicago. 

The extraordinary elegance of housing in Barrington combines with incredible pricing, where buyers can purchase spacious Colonials, charmingly renovated historic homes, and luxurious newer builds at impressive rates. Often set on wooded lots or tucked away in peaceful neighborhoods, these large, single-family homes are the cherry on top of a perfect residential life.

What to Love

  • Architecture that spans the century and offers variety 
  • Easy day trips to Chicago 
  • Community-driven, tight-knit personality 
  • One of the best school districts in the state

People & Lifestyle

Largely comprised of family units and civically engaged residents, Barrington is the type of town that’s always finding something to celebrate. A full calendar of events and festivals, lively neighborhood taverns downtown, and leadership dedicated to constant improvement all strengthen Barrington’s appeal. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

The pulse of Barrington is its manicured downtown district, and residents who enjoy shopping are quick to spend the day at Ice House Mall & Village Shops. Known as Barrington’s premier shopping and dining location, this location is packed with locally-owned boutiques and specialty stores like Paris Market Antiques and once in a blue moon. More than just a retail haven, the Ice House Mall also houses salons and spas, making it the ideal place to unwind.

Another local hotspot in the heart of downtown is McGonigal’s Pub, a traditional Irish pub whose trivia nights, live music and DJ, and savory pub burgers of the day draw crowds of enthusiastic diners. For a quick bite at a neighborhood staple, residents order to-go at Original Tracks. The Chicago dogs here are particularly popular and are some of the best in the area.

The mouthwatering goodness of Big Iron Horse Barbecue can be attributed to the innovative addition of Southwestern and Caribbean flavors to their menu. Their renowned special Kogi BBQ sauce makes the perfect glaze for their giant chicken drumsticks, and the top-notch bourbon bar carries as much variety as the food menu. 

Things to Do

While the heartbeat of Barrington may be its downtown district and invested residents, its spirited personality has grown from the village’s many special events. The annual 4th of July Parade ensures that the holiday is more than simply fireworks, and the joviality emanating from the crowded streets of spectators is contagious. 

More involved festivals include the Barrington Brew Fest, where local brewers bring out the best of their seasonal summer beers while vendors dish out sumptuous bites and live music keeps the atmosphere energetic. The annual Barrington Art Festival is free to the public, where more than 100 artists across a variety of genres—painting, ceramics, jewelry—gather to display their remarkable work. 

Smaller community events include the Oscar Shorts showings every year when The Catlow Arts Center plays award-nominated shorts in its historic theater. Residents gather on Thursday afternoons from June to October to visit the Barrington Farmers Market and snag their own share of great local produce and goods. Each summer, residents flock to Metra Lot Drive-In Concerts on Saturdays to experience a variety of music genres and live performers. Those looking to host their own special event can explore Barrington's White House, which is particularly loved by brides planning the perfect dream wedding.

Schools

Barrington is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities can be found within the Barrington 220 School District. Nationally recognized for its excellence, this school district has obtained 11 National Blue Ribbon Awards. Notable schools include:

  • Roslyn Road Elementary School, K-5, one of the top public elementary schools in the state
  • Grove Avenue Elementary School, K-5, #3 public elementary school in the state
  • Barrington Middle School—Prairie Campus, 6-8, one of the top public middle schools in the state
  • Barrington High School, 9-12, one of the top public high schools in the state

 

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