Get to Know the Area
Captivate and be captivated in a treasure of northern Illinois: the Barrington area. Long known for its charm and luxury, the five distinct villages of Barrington offer a cornucopia of living, shopping, and dining options. Here’s a guide to all the prospering communities have to offer.
The adventure begins with Barrington proper. Nestled between Cuba Marsh and Baker’s forest preserves, the village of 10,000 serves as a shopping and dining hub for northern Cook County. First, break out of those average routine meals with fresh produce from the Barrington Farmers Market. Then, enjoy an evening out with the family by taking in a movie at the historic Catlow theater, or cheering on the Broncos of Barrington High. For those that prefer private education, the village is home to St. Anne’s Catholic School and A tonement Christian Day School. Route 14 travels diagonally through Barrington, providing easy access to the city. Because Barrington is the largest of the five villages, it has the most housing options that balance affordability with splendor.
West of Barrington proper is Barrington Hills, where horseback riding is more than an activity. It’s a way of life is this one of a kind equestrian paradise, with trails woven seamlessly into the village. Residents take part in polo events, shows, and more. Some of the most luxurious homes in the area are in Barrington Hills, where lots often come with their own stable and a handful of acres. Homes feature styles such as French Country and English Tudor. It’s a place that behooves riders to check out. Being next to Barrington proper and South Barrington means plenty of shopping and restaurants are nearby, whenever a break from the saddle is needed.
At 45 minutes, the village of South Barrington is the closest drive to downtown Chicago, and I90 is nearby for commuting. Another perk of the village’s location is the Arboretum of South Barrington, a shopping mall with a wide variety of clothing retailers and restaurants, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House. At the center of South Barrington is the Lake of the Coves, featuring a peninsula for convenient docking. Local kids attend Barbara B. Rose Elementary. South Barrington is the most affluent village in the area, and the village has plenty of options in the $1,000,000 and above price range for homes. Many of the larger estates can be found in South Barrington, where legends such as Walter Payton have called home.
There are also benefits to venturing into Lake County in the North. The village of North Barrington is the smallest of the Barrington communities with approximately 3,000 residents. That space allows for maximum comfort and relief from city life. Popular Colonial homes in the village add a country aura to subdivisions. Golf like the Golden Bear at Wynstone Golf Club, designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. North Barrington feeds into the Barrington 220 District, and Montessori’s Children’s House is located on the east side of the village. North Barrington Elementary is located on the north side of the village.
Lying west of North Barrington and east of the Fox River is Lake Barrington, the most affordable of the Barrington villages. Enjoy the thrill of lake adventure without sacrificing privacy or comfort. The scenic and reflective surroundings make this village especially mesmerizing. For those that enjoy driving home on winding roads, this is the place to be. Surrounded by forest preserves, Lake Barrington is a hour’s drive from downtown Chicago, making it the most distant of the Barrington villages. The median house value in Lake Barrington is $361,000.