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By Elizabeth Owens-Schiele | Pioneer Press

The village of Barrington has been designated StormReady by the National Weather Service, joining 93 Illinois communities in being prepared for weather disasters.

Mick Fleming, director of the Joint Emergency Management System, and Mike Bardou of the National Weather Service, presented the designation to Village President Karen Darch during the Nov. 13 board meeting.

Barrington fire Chief John Christian, police Chief Dave Dorn and Village Manager Scott Anderson worked closely with Fleming and others over the last year composing emergency management plans, warnings and community outreach to receive the designation in late October from the National Weather Service, officials explained.

“No community is storm proof but we can be storm-ready to help us save lives,” Fleming said, quoting the motto of the National Weather Service and commending the work conducted by village staff which he described as “no small feat.”

Bardou said the process to become StormReady is not simple and is an ongoing process that will be evaluated again in four years by the National Weather Service.

“There’s more and more severe weather occurring, winter weather, thunderstorms, flooding and our goal is to build a weather [plan] so every community is ready before, during and after severe weather events, and a lot of planning and communication is involved,” he said.

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McGonigal’s Pub

By Pioneer Press staff | Pioneer Press

Along with the current year drawing to a close at the end of the month, the owners of a popular pub in Barrington announced Monday that the restaurant and popular town gathering spot will also shut it’s doors — for good.

A message on Facebook states that, “…it comes with an extremely heavy heart to report that McGonigal’s Pub will be closing for business at the end of this month.” The social media post is signed by owner Bryan McGonigal.

McGonigal’s Pub opened its doors in March 2010. It is scheduled to close Dec. 31, according to the social media post. Financial hardship “for quite some time” is cited as the reason for shutting down. McGonigal stated in the Facebook post that a “significant amount of family money” had has been unsuccessfully poured into what he described as a financially overwhelmed business.

He stated that “for quite some time the Pub hasn’t been generating nearly enough business to retain viability. Over the years we’ve worked hard and tried virtually everything we could to guide it in the right direction … to keep it going.”

McGonigal declined to further discuss the announcement of closing, with Pioneer Press referred back to the social media post.

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Downtown Barrington

According to the Daily Herald report, “Only seven suburbs — Antioch, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Fox River Grove, Hanover Park, Lindenhurst and Volo — saw a decline in sales tax revenue between the state’s 2022 and 2023 fiscal years…”

By Jake Griffin | Daily Herald

Suburban shoppers haven’t let rising costs slow their spending.

That’s according to a Daily Herald analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue figures that show growth of municipal sales tax revenues in 92 suburbs collectively outpaced the inflation rate.

IDOR data shows that sales tax revenues for those suburbs climbed a combined 6.2% during the state’s most recent fiscal year, which ran from July 2022 through June 2023. During that same period, the inflation rate rose by 3%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 28 suburbs, sales tax revenues grew by more than 10%.

Winfield’s sales tax receipts grew by 121.3% last year, but that was largely due to a quarter-cent hike in the village’s sales tax rate and the addition of an Amazon distribution center to town.

“There’s not a shortage of places we could use the additional sales tax dollars,” said Curt Barrett, village manager. “That includes a new village hall. We just had a sewer line burst in the basement, so a lot of people were holding their noses while we worked.”

Winfield is now generating more than $2.8 million in sales taxes, up 427.8% from a decade prior, records show. Barrett said the additional revenue has largely gone to police pensions and road work.

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The Geneva Concours d’Elegance is Sunday, Aug. 27.

Friday, Aug. 25

Great American Dog Show: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 25-27, at the McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago. Premiere show dogs and competitors from almost 200 American Kennel Club recognized breeds compete for prizes. Family-friendly entertainment, canine competitions, vendors, sponsors and exhibitors. $35, $30 for 65 and older, $25 for kids 12 and younger. greatamericandogshow.com.

Irish Fest: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Freemont St., Arlington Heights. Irish music, snacks and drinks for purchase. $5. ahpd.org/events/20230825.

Palatine Street Fest: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 25; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 26; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Brockway and Slade streets, Palatine. Live music from American English at 2 p.m. and Mike & Joe at 4 p.m., food, drinks and Backyard Lounge. No coolers, backpacks or pets allowed. Free. palatinestreetfest.com.

Bands in the Sand: 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, at 3D Sideouts Sports Tavern, 4018 W. Roberts Road, Island Lake. Three acts each night, featuring Janet Gardner of Vixen, Quiet Riot, and Sebastian Bach of Skid Row on Friday, and Chicago jam band Mungion, Uprooted band, featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, and The Wailers, featuring members of the late Bob Marley’s Jamaican reggae band, on Saturday. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.; the bar opens at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $25. ticketweb.com or 3dsideouts.com.

Saturday, Aug. 26

CycleFest — Tour of Palatine: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, from Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Features routes and pacing for various skill levels, from families with children to experienced riders. Includes historical Palatine commentary on the short route, challenging hills on the long ride, and a happy medium in-between. Registration at 8:30 a.m. $20. bikepalatine.com.

Fishing Day: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Aldis Park, Maiden Lane and First Street, West Dundee. Registration required by noon Friday, Aug. 25. $5. dtpd.org.

Heritage Fest: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Freemont St., Arlington Heights. Family-friendly event with performances, food and the opportunity to meet with local cultural organizations. Free. ahpd.org/events/20230826.

Zoo Brew: Noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Brookfield Zoo Pavilions and Discovery Center, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. A 21-and-over beer-tasting event. The half session, from noon to 2 p.m., includes 80-plus beer and drink samples, a commemorative glass and zoo admission for $40. The full session, from 3:30-7:30 p.m., is $60, and VIP, from 2:30-7:30 p.m., includes access to VIP brews and specialty foods, a visit with Animal Ambassadors and more for $95. czs.org/Zoo Brew2023.

Shakespeare in the Park: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Wing Park band shell, 1010 Wing St., Elgin. Goodly Creatures Theatre performs Shakespeare’s comedy “Love’s Labours Lost.” Free. goodlycreatures.com.

Arts on the Green: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 26, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. Ladies From the Canyon: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt and Joni Michell. Heather Wood and Jessica Hornsten perform the songs of these groundbreaking artists. Tickets start at $25; $17.50 for members; $13 for kids. rauecenter.org.

Sunday, Aug. 27

Bike for the Kids: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, in Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. Eighth annual bike ride to support Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley; 12-, 25- and 50-mile routes along the Fox River Trail. Taco lunch and family entertainment at 11 a.m.; adapted bike presentation at noon; and kids’ ride at 12:30 p.m. $40; kids’ ride is $15. easterseals.com/dfv.

Geneva Concours d’Elegance: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, in downtown Geneva. Classic car enthusiasts from across the country showcase antique, classic and modern automobiles. Free. genevaconcours.net.

A Walk In The Park Fine Art Fair: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at North School Park, 410 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. 52nd annual fine art fair features approximately 90 artists offering a variety of creative works for sale. Free. ahpd.org/events/20230827.

Sweet Pea Pet Parade: Steps off at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, from Slade and Greeley streets in downtown Palatine. Sponsored by A Closer Bond Dog Training and Learning Center, the parade is part of the Palatine Street Fest. Includes judging in numerous categories. Register your pet at downtownpalatine.org/sweet-pea.

Monday, Aug. 28

Cruise Nights at Willow Creek: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at Willow Creek Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington. Hosted by the CARS Ministry of Willow Creek Church, this event is open to vintage, classic, custom, muscle and antique cars and trucks. Food and music. Signs on campus will direct attendees to the back of parking lot F. Free. (224) 512-2074.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Dog Days of Summer Cookout: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Senior Center, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Cookout for ages 55 and older includes hot dogs, brats and entertainment. $25. parkfun.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Wickstrom Lincoln Concert Series: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. Concerts in the arboretum. Semple Band will perform. Free. shopthearb.com.

Tempel Lipizzans Summer Performance: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Sept. 3, at Tempel Farms, 17000 Wadsworth Road, Old Mill Creek. See the Tempel Lipizzan horses perform, celebrating 65 years with a new soundtrack from contemporary to classical arrangements. $25-$95. tempelfarms.com.

Food Truck Socials: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. A rotating selection of food trucks will be available. Free. lakezurich.org.

Thursday, Aug. 31

Buffalo Grove Days: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31; 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1; 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3; and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at Mike Rylko Community Park, Buffalo Grove. Carnival, live entertainment, bingo, blood drive on Saturday, craft fair and business expo from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and noon to 4 p.m. Monday, barbecue challenge from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, kids’ entertainment, Buddy Baseball exhibition game at 5 p.m. Saturday, parade at 11 a.m. Sunday, Duck Race at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, car show from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, food, drinks and more. Music from Hi Infidelity at 6 p.m. and Austin Edwards at 8:30 p.m. Friday; 7th heaven at 3:30 p.m., The Chain at 6 p.m. and Modern Day Romeos at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; Abby Kay Band at 3:30 p.m., Bucket Number 6 at 6 p.m. and Kashmir at 8:30 p.m. Sunday; and Project Nostalgia at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Free. bgdays.com.

Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival: 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 (carnival preview night); 3-10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2; and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. 23rd annual festival includes a carnival, food and beer tents, live music, craft fair, car show, wine tasting, kids’ activities and more. Classic/custom car show from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Skate Park, heading along Haligus to Miller Road, right on Miller to Sunset Park. On Saturday, Rec2U Kids’ Zone from 1-5 p.m. and wine tasting tent from 4-10:30 p.m. On Sunday, craft fair and business expo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Music from Vinyl Goldmine at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Six Speed Tranny at 4 p.m., Brass from the Past at 6:30 p.m. and Mike & Joe at 9 p.m. Saturday; and Blooze Brothers at 3 p.m., Hillbilly Rockstarz at 5:30 p.m. and Libido Funk Circus at 8 p.m. Sunday. Free. summersunsetfest.com.

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Night Out

Join the village of Barrington and the Barrington Police Department for National Night Out from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Cook and Station streets. – Courtesy of Village of Barrington

National Night Out, celebrated annually on the first Tuesday in August, offers a chance to meet your neighbors and local first responders in a relaxed setting.

The evening is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community relations.

Cities and villages throughout the suburbs will hold events for National Night Out. Here are some of them.

Aug. 1

Dundee Township National Night Out: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Carpenter Park, 275 Maple Ave., Carpentersville. Meet with officers and police staff from Carpentersville, East Dundee, Sleepy Hollow and West Dundee police departments. Free family activities. dtpd.org.

Wauconda National Night Out: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Main Street Wauconda, 101 N. Main St., Wauconda. Join the Village of Wauconda Police Department, as well as other community organizations, for a family night featuring emergency and utility vehicles, games, food, raffles, prizes, music and more. Free. wauconda-il.gov.

Arlington Heights National Night Out: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at North School Park, North Evergreen Avenue and East Eastman St., Arlington Heights. National Night Out celebrates police-community relationships that make Arlington Heights a safer place. Join for family entertainment, police K9s, food trucks and more. www.ahpd.org.

Buffalo Grove National Night Out: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. Enjoy a Business Expo, the Buffalo Grove fire and police departments, free giveaways, food trucks, live music with Serendipity. Stay for the village of Buffalo Grove’s fireworks display at 9 p.m. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food pantry. Free. bgparks.org/national-night-out

Hoffman Estates National Night Out: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Visit the police station and enjoy food, drinks, live music, along with police personnel and local business owners, see a police dog demonstration, take tours of the police department and learn about the teen cadet and emergency management programs. Talk with neighbors and meet with officers and police staff. www.hoffmanestates.org.

Schaumburg National Night Out: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg. From 6-7 p.m.: Visits with local police, neighborhood organizations and businesses; a DJ, games and contests; and grilled concessions and drinks for purchase. From 7-8 p.m.: Free open swim at Meineke Pool. Free. Events will also be held in parks and neighborhoods throughout the village. parkfun.com; villageofschaumburg.com.

Aug. 3

Barrington National Night Out: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, Cook and Station streets, downtown Barrington. www.barrington-il.gov/events.

Cary National Night Out: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Cary Municipal Center, 755 Georgetown Drive. Meet first responders, watch a helicopter landing and takeoff, tour the police department. Also: food trucks, face painting, a balloon artist, free popcorn, bike raffle. Free. www.caryillinois.com.

Aug. 5

Lake in the Hills’ National Night Out community cookout: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Irv Floress Safety Education Center, 1109 Crystal Lake Road. The event will feature a police dog demo from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Touch-A-Truck, free hot dogs, chips and soda, and more. Free. lith.org.

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The Barrington Family Expo will include SOUL Harbour Ranch miniature therapy horses. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a free Family Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Citizens Park, 511 N. Lake Zurich Road in Barrington.

The event will feature outdoor activities, giveaways, music and more. Parking is free, but attendees can also walk or bike to the event.

Event highlights include miniature therapy horses and therapy dogs, live Superhero characters, entertainment, a bounce house, face painting, outdoor music, food, and refreshments for purchase from local vendors, and nearly 50 booths showcasing business and community resources.

“This is a community event dedicated to connecting local families with the first-rate programs and resources available in the Barrington region,” said BACC President/CEO Suzanne Corr.

“The expo is a family affair. There is entertainment and activities for all ages, booths showcasing local community resources and businesses, and much more. It’s a great afternoon outing for the entire family.”

Family Expo vendors include: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; Barrington Area Council of Governments; Barrington Area Council On Aging; Barrington Area Library; Barrington Back & Body; Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A.; Barrington Children’s Choir; Barrington Youth & Family Services; Bredwell; Brightmont Academy; BStrong Together; Canlan Sports; Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education; Daily Herald Media Group; EverDry Waterproofing; Hart Dental; Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning of Northern Illinois; Hiral Esthetics LLC; Humana; Jacobson and Tsou Orthodontics; Jovie Nannies and Sitters & College Tutors; Marvin’s Toy Store; Mental Ease Services PLLC; Midwest Kernel Company; My Density Matters; Nak4 Orthodontics; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Barrington Chapter; Noah’s Ark Christian Academy; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Patrick A. Finn, LTD; Paws Chicago; The Presbyterian Church of Barrington; SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program; sweetgreen; Synergy Builders; The Den Fitness/Limitless Performance Chiropractic; The Orchard Evangelical Free Church; Yogasix Barrington; and Your Smile Studio, and more.

Family Expo event sponsors are: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A.; Hart Dental; Synergy Builders; and the Barrington Park District.

For information, visit www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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“Shop the deals in Barrington during Sizzling Sale Days July 20-22! Sizzling Sale Days is a 3-Day sales extravaganza.  You’ll find markdowns on great merchandise, gifts, men’s and women’s clothing and accessories and more throughout town! Start shopping now for birthdays, the holidays or special occasions at Barrington’s Sizzling Sale Days.

There’s so much to do July 20 – 22, why not just make it a “Destination Barrington” Weekend!   Start by shopping Sizzling Sale Days; explore exotic cars  at “Barrington Cruise Night” on Thursday, July 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm on Cook St and in the BMO Parking Lot; enjoying outdoor music during Barrington Porchfest on Saturday, July 22 from 3:00-6:00 pm up and down Cook St. and Grove Ave.; then top it off with some great dining at one of our great Barrington Area restaurants!

Come out and Enjoy Barrington July 20 – 22!”

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The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday a total of eleven tornadoes after Wednesday night’s storms.

The first Elgin tornado had a maximum intensity EF-1 and maximum wind speed of 100 mph. The track roughly started east of Rt. 47 and ended near the railroad tracks west of Villa Olivia Golf Course.

The NWS says the second tornado in Elgin had a max intensity of EF-0 with max wind speed of 85 mph. The tornado began close to McDonald Road and ended along Hopps Road.

A NWS team confirmed a third tornado after grounds were surveyed from Burr Ridge to Stickney. A EF-1 with max winds near 110 mph was identified.

The fourth tornado confirmed by NWS was reportedly an EF-0 with a maximum wind speed of 85 mph in northeastern Oswego and eastern Boulder Hill Wednesday evening.

NWS survey teams confirmed three additional tornados across McHenry and Lake County in Illinois. In Huntley, an EF-1 with max wind speeds of 90 mph. Two EF-0 tornados were also confirmed with one in Barrington with max wind speeds of 80 mph and another in Long Grove with max wind speeds of 70 mph.

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The Village of Barrington has posted two sets of photos taken during the 2023 4th of July parade on their Facebook page, and they can be viewed here and here.

Additionally, the Riding Club of Barrington Hills has posted pictures of their participation in the parade which can be viewed here.

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BHS Alumni Night

A crowd filled the commuter parking lot in Barrington July 3, 2023 for Barrington High School Alumni Night of the Metra Lot Concert series. Officials say safety measures have been increased in the wake of the Highland Park massacre July 4 last year and other mass shootings nationwide. (Karie Angell Luc/Pioneer Press)

A year after the mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, a number of fireworks shows and other large-participation events planned now included heightened police presences, authorities’ use of drones and other increased security measures.

Some northwest suburban communities are among ones enhancing security protocols around summer events to help ensure the safety of residents.

As in other locales nationwide, leaders in the villages of Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Lake Zurich and Arlington Heights told Pioneer Press that extra safety efforts are in place as they keep residents’ safety top of mind at summer events.

The Barrington police chief said security remains a priority in that northwest suburb as a number of popular local events take place this summer — including the concerts held at the town’s Metra commuter train station as part of the Fourth of July events.

“As a police department, we will continue to be vigilant at all of Barrington’s community events to ensure the safety of all our residents,” police Chief David Dorn stated in an email to Pioneer Press.

Ahead of the parade that rolled through town July 4, Village spokeswoman Kate Himes said security would be similar to that of past years, but with additional personnel.

“We cannot go into all of the details, but there will be an emphasis on rooftops and threats that generate a quick response,” she told Pioneer Press days before the parade. “We will be utilizing a drone and other security measures to minimize the risk to the public and we will also have personnel readily available to assist other communities following our events, if needed.”

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