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Car Show

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Back by popular demand, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second Classic Collectors Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in downtown Barrington in the BMO Harris lot at Cook and E. Lake streets.

“The success of our inaugural Classic Collectors Car Show last summer confirmed the decision to once again host this free, family-friendly event in support of small business and Main Street Retailers,” said Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Suzanne Corr.

“We have a high concentration of Classic Car Collectors in our area and in Northwest Illinois and want to celebrate these cars by displaying them to the community.”

The event will feature a lot full of display cars, outdoor music, food and refreshments for purchase from local vendors, as well as awards for cars in the following categories: “People’s Choice,” “Best European,” “Best American,” “Mint Condition,” “Retro Relic,” and “Most Unique.”

“Collecting classic cars is more than a hobby, it is about preserving a story and a piece of history,” Corr 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.”

To nominate a car for display for the June 25 Car Show, email Communications@BarringtonChamber.com and include the car owner’s name, street address and telephone number (cell); as well as vehicle information, year, make and model.

Cars must be approved and accepted in advance. No day-of registration will be allowed. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For information about the chamber, email Suzanne@BarringtonChamber.com. For details about the Classic Collectors Car Show, visit www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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Participants enjoy the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Wine Walk. The chamber will host its 2022 event from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday May 7, in downtown Barrington. For tickets, http://www.barringtonchamber.com.

By Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

The Barrington Wine Walk, sponsored by The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the village of Barrington, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in downtown Barrington.

Attendees are invited to enjoy a “Sipping Saturday” while visiting many unique stores in the downtown area and sampling wine provided by participating merchants.

Check-in begins at 2 p.m. at Neoteca, 130 S. Hough St., in Barrington. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly. For a link to purchase tickets, visit www.barringtonchamber.com.

The cost is $25 per person, which includes access to a sample pour at each merchant location, souvenir wineglass, a map of the wine-tasting locations, and a list to check off each tasting sample.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and present valid identification to participate.

Businesses participating as stops include: Anderson’s Candy Shop, Angelina, Barrington Flower Shop, Barrington’s White House, Brilliant Home Services, Cashmere & Chrome, Edyta Fine Art and Design, Estate Jewelers LTD, Fancy Art, N.F.P., Kamala’s Own Perfumery, Kate Marker Home, Long & Co. Jewelers, M.J. Miller & Co., Inc., Marvin’s Toy Store, McGonigal’s Pub, Moretti’s Barrington, One Girl, SABI Studio, Savvy Spirit Women’s Clothing & Accessories, Shirley’s Piano Bar, Skin Wellness by Renee, Social Design Club, and Tootsies Women’s & Children’s Shoes.

The event will be held rain or shine. Ticket sales are final and support small businesses in the community. All sampling must take place inside merchant locations. This event will be conducted with COVID safety measures in place. By process of attending this event, participants are confirming they are free of COVID symptoms.

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Town Hall

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a virtual town hall forum to hear updates from many local taxing bodies. Participants include representatives from Barrington 220, Barrington Area Library, Barrington Park District, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, Barrington Hills Park District, South Barrington Park District and Harper College.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 9am to 10:30amClick here to register.

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The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce posted the following yesterday…

“This survey helps organizations in the Barrington area understand how our community is living, what we value most, and where we can improve. It has been conducted every three years since 1996. Questions span a wide range of topics, including our community, overall health, healthcare needs, economic conditions, needs of our youth, environment, social service needs, COVID-19, and more.

Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. There are no right or wrong answers. Your participation is voluntary and all responses are completely anonymous.

On completing this survey, you can enter a raffle to be included in a drawing for one of twenty $25 gift cards to local Barrington businesses. Gift cards have been donated by The Barrington Chamber of Commerce.”

Take the survey or register for a weekly online support group here.

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This year’s “State of the Barrington Region” economic summit will take place virtually on Wednesday.

The public is invited to hear firsthand updates from area village leaders, including: Karen Darch of Barrington; Brian D. Cecola of Barrington Hills; Greg Rusteberg of Deer Park; John Tatooles of Inverness; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Keith Vogeler of Port Barrington; Paula McCombie of South Barrington; and David Parro of Tower Lakes.

The event is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Registration is $10.

Sign up at BarringtonChamber.com to receive the Zoom link.

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EventPhotoFull_Legislative Breakfast Flyer - Confirmed 2021

“Join us for the Barrington Area State Legislators Virtual Town Hall Forum on Wednesday Nov. 10 at 8:30 am. Confirmed Speakers: Senator Dan McConchie, 26th District State Representative Chris Bos, 51st. District State Representative Martin McLaughlin, 52nd District State Representative Tom Morrison, 54th District.

Other invited speakers include: Senator Cristina Castro, 22nd District Senator Ann Gillespie, 27th District, and State Representative Anna Moeller, 43rd District.

This is a FREE event open to the public. Click the registration button on this page to receive your zoom link.”


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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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