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.
There is much to do in Barrington. You can visit our Historical Society, library, parks, and the historic Catlow Theatre. You can stroll our Village Center, which is surrounded by the largest residential historic district in the state of Illinois, 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 Cruise Nights.
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. (source: http://www.barrington-il.gov)
Things To Do In Barrington
Come Spend A Day In Barrington!Barrington, located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, is a quaint Village with an array of things to do. Hop off the Metra train or drive into town and experience the charm of a small town with numerous shopping and dining opportunities. You can stroll through the Village Center, which is a hub of activity with over 117 specialty retailers and 40 restaurants featuring a variety of apparel, antiques, gifts, home furnishings and more. Stop by the Historical Society to learn about the history of the Barrington area or download the self-guided walking tour through the historic downtown. In the evening, take in a movie at the historic Catlow Theater. Then, dine and enjoy the entertainment in the local restaurants.
Enjoy a stroll through the state's largest residential historic district and see stately Victorian homes and beautiful gardens. Hike, jog, bike, or play in our many parks, such as Citizens Park, which is connected by a bike path to Cuba Marsh.
Throughout the year, there are many exciting special events for people of all ages, including: Barrington Art Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, Farmer's Market every Thursday from May to October, Cruise Nights every Thursday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Fourth of July Festival, Sidewalk Sale Days, Scarecrow Festival, Barrington Holiday festivities and more!
For a complete listing of things to do, visit www.EnjoyBarrington.com. (source: http://www.barrington-il.gov)
Historic Places In Barrington
Check out Barrington's History!The Village of Barrington is a community rich in history. The Our Town Barrington Volunteers Group has placed ten key historic sites within the Village Center. Each plaque provides a brief history of each featured site and/or building. Take a self-guided history trail through downtown Barrington and try to envision what life was like well over one-hundred years ago.
Click the link for the map of the self-guided history trail through downtown Barrington: Walking Tour Map
Settlement history of the Barrington area begins in the late 1830s with surveying and land sales of what, in 1850 were to become Barrington and Cuba Townships. Settlers in Barrington Township were primarily from Massachusetts, Vermont and upper New York State. Cuba Township, formerly Troy, was settled with people from Troy, New York. Mostly farmers, attracted to the available land, they first traded with towns like Elgin and Dundee along the Fox River.
In 1854, the northwest extension of the Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad, later the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, now Metra, from Palatine and Deer Grove to McHenry County, provided the impetus for the founding of a village at what became known as Barrington Station. The railroad purchased and platted 40 acres of land settled by Benjamin Felter, whose log cabin stood at the present day site of 311 East Main Street, in Cook County, east of Hough Street. In 1855, Willard Stevens purchased 80 acres directly to the north in Lake County. This was the nucleus of the Village of Barrington, which was incorporated in 1863 with 300 residents. Because of the Civil War, a delay occurred in returning the Incorporation Deeds to Barrington until 1865, when the Illinois legislature granted the Charter on February 16, 1865
On the northeast corner of Cook and Lake Streets, still standing, was the home of Milius B. McIntosh, who in 1866, became the first elected Village President. His garden extended north on Cook Street and east on Lake Street, site now of the Harris Bank parking lot.
As you walk around the original historic area of Barrington, picture the unpaved streets, wooden slat sidewalks, some of them on elevated platforms, houses and businesses of frame construction, picket fences defining residential backyards confining an assortment of livestock and barnyard animals. Outhouses were a necessary feature behind every business and private residence. Some public outhouses were located through the downtown area.
Barrington began replacing its wooden plank walks with cement pavement in 1907, but hitching posts with rings for tethering horses were provided for the convenience of residents from the surrounding countryside who came to trade in "their town, Barrington ".
Major fires defined changes to Barrington's downtown at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1890, fire swept along the north side of East Main Street east of the railroad, and several buildings were lost. In 1893 another fire destroyed most of the block that is now Park Avenue. In 1898, fire destroyed buildings along the north side of Main Street from Hough Street to the railroad tracks. Downtown gained a more substantial appearance, as the burned frame structures were replaced with brick buildings, many of which we see in good use today although mostly, facades have been substantially altered. The last great fire of Barrington was on December 19, 1989, when Lipofsky's Department Store, then the oldest continually operating business in Barrington along with the Harris (First National) Bank and the Barrington Courier Review, was completely destroyed.
For further historical information, consult microfilms at the Barrington Area Library of the Barrington Review/Courier Review, the Arnett C. Lines Historical papers, Census data microfilms and Arnett C. Lines Genealogical records and "They Built Better Than They Knew: Historical Perspectives of the Barrington Area" by Barbara L. Benson. (source: http://www.barrington-il.gov)
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