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BuickThe Classic Collectors Car Show that was supposed to take place Saturday in downtown Barrington was rescheduled to July 25 due to the weather forecast.

However, the “Party on Park Avenue” will go ahead as planned from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, the Barrington Area of Chamber announced Friday. The event will include live music, adult refreshments and food served by McGonigal’s Pub and Big Iron Horse BBQ.

There will be smooth jazz and pop performed by the Amy & Brook Duo starting at 4 p.m., followed by rock & roll hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s performed by the band No Limits. Admission is free; guests pay for their own food and refreshments, and must be at least 21.

The Classic Collectors Car Show will take place July 25, noon to 4 p.m., in the BMO Harris Bank lot at Cook and East Lake streets. This is the first such show organized by the chamber.

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This 1976 Buick Riviera belongs to Kevin Kauppi, director of the Chiwaukee Border chapter of Buick Club of America, who will showcase it at the Classic Collectors Car Show taking place June 26 in Barrington. (Courtesy of Kevin Kauppi)

Barrington has had “cruise nights” with cars on display in summertime for years, but the car show next month will be a much more formal affair, with a requirement that car owners be approved in advance.

Suzanne Corr, president of the (Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce), said there’s a “high concentration” of classic car collectors in the greater Barrington area. The goal is to bring them out for a community event that also will boost small businesses and Main Street retailers, she said.

“Collecting classic cars is more than a hobby; it is about preserving a story and a piece of history,” she said. “Owning classic cars can be irresistible and emotionally compelling for the stories they represent. They capture the art and history of engineering and design.”

Another car show participant will be Kevin Kauppi, director of the Chiwaukee Border chapter of Buick Club of America, which includes northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. Kauppi, 60, of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, will display his red 1976 Buick Riviera, a family heirloom.

“My parents purchased it in fall 1975, and it’s been in the family ever since. I received my driver’s license driving this car. I went to prom dates in the car. And now, here, years later, I’m showcasing it and displaying in my parent’s memory,” he said.

Kauppi spends at least an hour per week detailing the car so he can take it to car shows, including national meets where he’s earned awards, he said.

Read more here, or visit the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website here.

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Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of CommerceThe 2020 BACC Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship Award recipients were Abagail Cronin, Charles Farmer, Conner Groom, Olivia Lageschulte and Payton Schmidt. Also pictured is 2020 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Keith Hanson of Hanson Law Group.

Applications for the 2021 Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship are now available from the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce at www.BarringtonChamber.com or at the chamber office, 190 E. James St., in Barrington.

Eligible students must be from the Barrington area or the student of an employee of a chamber member business.

BACC awards the scholarships each spring to local high school students pursuing higher education through a university, community college, or vocational/trade certification program. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. There are no restrictions regarding race, religion, nationality, gender or physical ability.

To be eligible, the completed application and all supporting documents must be received no later than Thursday, March 25. All supporting documents should be single-sided. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Return the complete package to: Scholarship Committee, BACC, 190 E. James St., Barrington, IL 60010. For information, call (847) 381-2525.

Only completed applications with required information will qualify for consideration. The scholarship is not based on financial need. The recipient of the award will be notified no later than Monday, April 12. The scholarship award will be made out directly to the recipient with documented acceptance at their school of choice.

Award recipients will be asked to attend an April 22 lunch at Biltmore Country Club in their honor and must be willing to have their name and photo used for publicity purposes.

“The BACC Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship is an investment in our local youth,” said BACC President and CEO Suzanne Corr.

The scholarship is named after Lauren Brown, a young woman who worked for the chamber for several years and lost her battle with cancer at age of 29.

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Posted previously to the VBH website:

“President Martin McLaughlin was an invited panelist at the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Virtual Economic Summit on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Below are some points he shared:

  • The Village of Barrington Hills (the Village) has seen an uptick in interest and purchases in our real estate. Buyers are looking for safety and stability which our Village has historically and steadfastly provided. The sight of deer, cranes and wildlife is now preferential and desirable to city living. 
  •  Village offices have remained open through this pandemic without incident. Many thanks to our Village and Police Department staff who provided, and continue to provide, uninterrupted services while observing the CDC’s guidelines.
  • The Village has instituted administrative hearings which are a venue for timely adjudication for activity that arises from properties operating in violation of the Village’s home occupation or business zoning, or other issues that ignore Village code. The expedited legal review process has provided for reduced legal expenses for both violators and the Village.
  • The Village and residents who visited throughout the day safely enjoyed The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival—again, without incident and having instituted the CDC’s guidelines. 
  • The Village of Barrington Hills’ Board of Trustees has, once again, lowered the levy and President McLaughlin asked neighboring municipalities and local taxing bodies to follow the Village’s lead in this regard.
  • The Consolidated General Election is Tuesday, April 6, 2021. This is an important election. Various local governing bodies have more than one seat up for election, and residents are reminded their vote can have a substantial change.”

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Speakers at the 2020 Economic Summit update business leaders and the community. The 2021 Economic Summit, “State of the Greater Barrington Area,” will be held virtually from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host a 2021 Virtual Economic Summit, “State of the Greater Barrington Area,” from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Village officials from 11 surrounding communities will update local business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Greater Barrington Area in 2021.

The public is invited to attend this virtual event. Cost to attend is $10. Register at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

“We are offering our Economic Summit virtually this year so that our village leaders can speak to the effects of 2020, where we are now, and what lies ahead for our region,” said BACC President/CEO Suzanne Corr. “We will hear firsthand updates on what impacts local business, residents, and the prosperity of our communities.”

Confirmed speakers to date include: Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Greg Rusteberg of Deer Park; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; and Robert Palmer of South Barrington.

Speakers will discuss the 2020 year in review, economic development accomplishments, and goals for 2020. The BACC Economic Summit is open to the public; registration for the online event is required to receive a link.

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

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Barrington Village President Karen Darch

Barrington is offering a longtime car dealership an economic incentive so it can expand and stay in the village.

Motor Werks of Barrington and the village reached an agreement, approved by trustees at the Oct. 26 Village Board meeting that allows the dealership to share a percentage of sales tax over a 10-year term. The incentive establishes a base sales tax amount of $2.7 million, a figure derived from an average of sales taxes over several previous years, according to village documents.

Under the agreement, Motor Werks would receive 65% of all sales tax revenues above the base as incentive payments and the village would get 35%, officials said.

The dealership, which sells high-end brands like Porsche and BMW, has been dealing with inadequate parking for its inventory, traffic congestion around the service and wash bays, and an inability to relocate its Cadillac dealership onsite, village officials said. It plans to purchase the Barrington Woods office complex, at 18 E. Dundee Ave., for redevelopment. The dealership will add a parking structure, vehicle recondition center and move the Cadillac brand.

Village Manager Scott Anderson said Motor Werks has been an important business in the community, and it is in the village’s best interest to partner with them to provide economic support.

Read more here.

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The 2020 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Women Leaders recipients from left, are: Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities; Rebecca Darr, president/CEO of Wings Program, Inc.; the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque of the Community Church of Barrington; and Mary Roesch, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Biz Net honored four local women leaders during the third annual Outstanding Women Leaders Awards Luncheon Sept. 24 at a hybrid, livestream program at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington.

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the COVID-conscious event included a small, in-person luncheon and program to honor the award recipients and hear their personal stories. The awards program was also streamed live via Zoom to Outstanding Women Leaders Awards supporters and included audience reactions for the viewing audience.

The 2020 Class of Outstanding Women Leaders recipients honored at the event were: Mary Roesch, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Professional Excellence; Rebecca Darr, president/CEO of Wings Program, Inc., the Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Nonprofit Leadership; Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Community Impact; and the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque from Community Church of Barrington, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Mentorship and Education.

For more information visit www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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The new Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website Homepage, which is designed to boost the visibility of chamber members in community and consumer searches. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new and improved website at www.BarringtonChamber.com, designed to boost the visibility of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce members in community and consumer searches.

The redesigned website also has a dedicated COVID-19 section with the latest information on Barrington area retailers, restaurants and professional services available during the pandemic, as well as resources for businesses to connect virtually and prepare for reopening.

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website is home to thousands of targeted searches for local business resources. It shares Business Spotlight and Retail Roundup video profiles and a directory of nearly 900 area members. The site also provides considerable community information, including directories of local government, community organizations, job openings, village information and statistics and more.

“As the go-to resource for local business, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce fields more than 6,000 calls a year providing business referrals, and answering questions about community organizations, local events and nearly everything under the sun,” said Suzanne Corr, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.

“When someone doesn’t know where to go — they come here by phone, internet or, when possible, in person.”

For information, visit www.barringtonchamber.com or call (847) 381-2525.

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Several chambers of commerce — including groups for the Lake Zurich, Wauconda, Fox Lake and Barrington areas — have joined together to publish a 16-page “back to business tool kit” online.

The online tool kit includes information on the state’s reopening guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic and planning a safe reopening. It also features safety checklists, printable posters and helpful links to other sources of information.

The 16-page tool kit is available to download from the websites for the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (barringtonchamber.com); the Fox Lake, Richmond, Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (flrsgac.com); the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (lzacc.com); and the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce (waucondachamber.org).

Read more here.

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Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter facets of the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help businesses. “As I said, nobody’s looking to go rogue here,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer, Feburary 2020)

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help businesses.

“As I said, nobody’s looking to go rogue here,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. “This is not something we’re looking to do. … There is not one bit of interest in turning this into a political deal. We’re abiding by the governor’s orders. We’ve abided from the very beginning. That’s not going to change.”

However, in Wheeling, where the village board discussed the Restore Illinois plan but did not put a resolution up for a vote Monday night, Trustee Joseph Vito accused Pritzker of overstepping his authority and suggested suing the state — a move his colleagues did not support.

Vito also questioned Pritzker’s plan for not allowing for gatherings of more than 50 people until Phase 5, assuming a vaccine or viable treatment for COVID-19.

Read more here, but also ask yourself where has Karen Darch been recently?

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