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BHS Madrigals

Barrington High School Madrigals sing in downtown Barrington last year. This year, they will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

There will be caroling in the streets in downtown Barrington on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Enjoy singing from the Barrington High School Madrigals in full holiday attire at 4 p.m. at Cook and Station streets.

The festive caroling is the first of several events slated for Barrington. On Saturday, Dec. 3, Santa will arrive downtown for the annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, and Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., will host holiday activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The lighting of the holiday tree will be at 5 p.m., followed by visits with Santa from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. The festivities will take place on Park Avenue at Cook Street.

Other holiday events include: Visits with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at The Arboretum of South Barrington; visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Deer Park Town Center; and horse-drawn carriage rides, merchant open houses, caroling and visits with Santa through Dec. 18 in historic downtown Long Grove.

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Black Friday shopping at Woodfield Mall Friday November 26, 2021 in Schaumburg. (Brian Hill | Staff Photographer)

At local chambers of commerce around the suburbs, the quest has begun: To convince people to shop with their feet instead of their thumbs, in quaint storefronts instead of in big boxes.

In other words, how do they convince residents to buy local instead of ordering off Amazon.com or heading to a giant retailer like Target or Walmart?

How do they convince suburbanites to keep their money in their community instead of sending it off to some distant corporate headquarters?

“After COVID especially I think everyone realized how important local really is,” said Allison Orr, executive director of the Downtown Wheaton Association. “And everyone looks for things to do and ways to support their own community. And I think Wheaton has been exceptional at that. Our community has been so supportive of entrepreneurs and local business, and I think if you look at the composition of downtown Wheaton, you’ll see that.”

You’ll see it in Barrington too, where local merchants create the kind of hometown atmosphere that entices people to move to suburbs like Barrington, Wheaton, Glenview, Naperville and St. Charles.

“Absolutely, shopping local supports the small businesses, and you need shops that create character in your community,” said Suzanne Corr, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

“They’re adding local jobs to your community. They’re also adding the gathering spaces that bring families together and enhance the quality of life in your community. Small businesses are owned and operated by local families who live, work and invest here. They’re involved here, they raise their kids here, they pay their taxes here supporting infrastructure and schools in your community.”

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Air Traffic

A proposed overnight runway rotation plan for O’Hare International Airport was approved by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission in August. Next stop is the FAA.

The vast majority of O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission members recently approved an overnight runway rotation intended to evenly distribute the shriek of jets around the region, but there were headwinds.

Seven out of 62 commission members — Itasca, Norridge, South Barrington, Norridge School District 80 and Chicago’s Wards 40, 41 and 45 — opposed the plan at an Aug. 17 meeting.

No one disputed that the commission’s Fly Quiet Committee, which prepared the 12-week runway schedule, gave it enough thought.

“Ultimately, this was a plan developed through seven years of hard work by the Fly Quiet Committee and the full ONCC, and I was pleased with the amount of support that the Fly Quiet Committee’s recommendation received,” commission Vice Chair Karyn Robles said last week.

South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie said she dissented “because of the concentration of noise we’re going to have for a solid week at a time.

“What we have right now is a dispersion of the planes going over different areas (of South Barrington) at night.” The rotation “is going to affect us more than it would if it was occasional planes coming over our town. If you have a constant stream of airplanes going over your town, it’s going to be a lot more noisier at night” for that period, McCombie said.

“My heart is with protecting the residents. And, we keep our windows open out here,” McCombie added, noting South Barrington doesn’t qualify for sound insulation funding.

The rotation proposal, which still needs federal approval, uses four of O’Hare’s longest parallel east/west runways and two diagonal ones.

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Editorial note: Hoffman Estates and South Barrington are O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission members. District 220 and Barrington Hills are not.  We wonder why not?

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The Arboretum of South Barrington has been sold to local businessman Rick Heidner’s Heidner Properties, Inc. Heidner said he plans to upgrade the open air shopping center with new shops and expanded community events. (Daily Herald File Photo)

The Arboretum of South Barrington, the 484,000-square-foot open air shopping center at Route 59 and Higgins Road, has been sold to Hoffman Estates-based Heidner Properties, Inc.

“Heidner Properties is proud to have added The Arboretum of South Barrington to our portfolio,” Barrington Hills resident Rick Heidner, president of Heidner Properties, said in an announcement of the purchase Thursday. “The Arboretum will be our flagship property, and we are currently developing plans to enhance the already fantastic mix of dining, entertainment and retail.”

The Arboretum is home to restaurants and retailers including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Hampton Social, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, DSW, LL Bean, Chico’s, Sephora and Pinstripes. The purchase was announced a day before the opening of Star Cinema Grill, a 38,000-square-foot movie theater that replaces the former iPic Theaters.

Heidner said his plans include aesthetic upgrades, new and exclusive retail options, and an expansion of community programming.

“The Heidner family loves the Halloween and Christmas holidays, and the holiday plans will be unlike anything offered in the metropolitan area,” the company’s announcement states. “They view the Arboretum as a passion, not just an investment, and (are) committed to the long-term viability of this shopping center.”

Shopping center management welcomed the acquisition Thursday.

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BHS 2022

The Barrington High School Class of 2022 included some 700 graduating senior. Commencement was held June 3, 2022 at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

More than 700 seniors from Barrington High School made up the class of 2022, with their graduation ceremony held Friday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

Last year, separate graduation ceremonies were held outdoors at the school’s athletic stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to accommodate the turnout. But this year, there was a return to the pre-pandemic, familiar auditorium setting.

This was the first BHS commencement for new Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt, who started in his new position last summer. He said the Class of 2022 was strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but overcame obstacles.

“With the perseverance and challenges these students have demonstrated, the accolades and what they have done under those circumstances is just truly amazing,” Hunt said.

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The Arboretum of South Barrington may soon have a dog-friendly restaurant, a new ax-throwing venue and a cigar lounge as tenants.

The restaurant would be the second Dawg Park Gourmet Grill location in the suburbs. The first opened in Glenview in 2020.

“We’ve been looking for a spot for a second location for about a year,” owner Mark Kobylinski said. A customer recommended Kobylinski look into the Arboretum, he said.

Kobylinski is eyeing the vacant spot where Noodles & Co. once operated — which just happens to be next to Kriser’s Natural Pet store.

“That was the closer for us,” Kobylinski said.

Dawg Park’s menu has a variety of inventively garnished hot dogs and hamburgers, with topping combinations such as brown gravy and grilled onions, Thai chile sauce and grilled bell peppers, and applewood bacon and Sriracha ranch sauce.

Kobylinski said he hopes to open in September or October. Dawg Park would serve alcohol, so a liquor license is needed.

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Big hats, summer dresses & seersucker suits…time to talk derby at The Hampton Social’s Run for the Rosés : Kentucky Derby Viewing Soiree.

“Enjoy Derby Day with our Rosé Mint Juleps and our exclusive Rosé All Day Lounge Experience Package at The Hampton Social – South Barrington.

May 7th, 3 – 7pm.

Derby attire is highly encouraged! Prizes for Best Dressed + Best Hat.

$10 Rosé Mint Juleps. Live Music, live viewing of The Kentucky Derby.”

Book your reservation here.

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SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — Therapy dogs and small horses from Soul Harbour Ranch were taken for a walk through nature in South Barrington.

All of the therapy animals are registered with the National Registry Pet Partners. Soul Harbour has 20 percent of the nation’s pet partner miniature horses.

Soul Harbour Ranch is run by an all-volunteer team that’s looking for more people to join the team. The therapy animals will be taking a walk on the first Sunday of every month.

Watch the WGN report here.

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Plans for a new gated community in South Barrington got a preliminary approval from the village board Thursday night.

South Barrington-based Vintage Luxury Homes wants to build 65 homes on the south side of Palatine Road, east of Ridgeview Drive. The development would be called Sundance of South Barrington.

The houses would be from 3,000 square feet to 5,500 square feet and cost at least $1.3 million each, officials have said. Swimming pools, a fitness center, athletic courts and an area for outdoor events are planned, too, documents show.

Mayor Paula McCombie said the custom-built, farmhouse-style homes would create a unique-looking development in South Barrington.

“I’m excited about it,” she said. “I think it’ll be beautiful.”

A large home and horse barns on the 74-acre property now would be razed.

The village board also voted to rezone the property from single-family residential to a planned unit development.

More here.

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SB Development

A developer wants to build a gated community called Sundance of South Barrington on the south side of Palatine Road.

A proposal for a new gated community with 65 homes in South Barrington will get another review by village officials Thursday night.

The plan commission will meet at 6 p.m. to consider a request to rezone the 74-acre property at 61 E. Palatine Road as a planned use development, among other aspects of the would-be developer’s proposal. It’s zoned for a single-family home now.

Afterward, the village board will hold a special meeting to consider annexing the land South Barrington and rezoning it. Both meetings are set for village hall, 30 S. Barrington Road.

A large home and horse barns are on the property now. They would be razed, officials have said.

South Barrington-based Vintage Luxury Homes wants to build the housing development. It would be called Sundance of South Barrington.

The houses would be between 3,000 square feet and 5,500 square feet and cost at least $1.3 million each, officials have said.

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Related:Why South Barrington board delayed vote on plan for gated community

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