9 Best Things To Do In Barrington, Illinois

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Barrington is an eventful place to visit. It’s a short drive from Chicago, but don’t let that fool you, this place has a personality of its own! There are great attractions for visitors of all ages. There are so many unique attractions, that you won’t want vacation to end! Experience the thrill of combat laser tag, the leisure of a luxury golf course, or the awe of a small-town art festival. All can be found here, in Barrington!

1. Crabtree Nature Center

"Frosty Morning" taken by Kris DaPra at Busse Woods January 2016 FPCC Calendar photo

Posted by Crabtree Nature Center on Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Barrington’s Crabtree Nature Center is home to many species of animals and plants, as well as rare habitats. Visitors enjoy the bird-feeding stations, watching the diverse species flock in for a feast. Additionally, the Crabtree Nature Center hosts various events involving arts and crafts, animals, etc. There are also numerous hiking trails which open up to vast natural habitats. The Crabtree Nature Center is the perfect way to escape the bustle of everyday life, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the life surrounding us.

Crabtree Nature Center

Address: 3 Stover Rd., Barrington, IL

Website: Crabtree Nature Center

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2. Catlow Theater

Posted by Catlow Theater on Saturday, 9 June 2012

Since its grand opening in May of 1927, the Catlow Theater still remains a high-quality experience. The Catlow Theater was the first theater to open in Barrington, and currently operates with one screen. The theater has improved digital projection and sound, as well as in-theater dining. Catlow Theater was also the first theater to offer dining, in 1988. The theater is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is definitely a must-see destination. With a comfortable viewing experience in a one-of-a-kind historic theater, what more can you ask for?

Catlow Theater

Address: 116 W Main St., Barrington, IL

Website: Catlow Theater

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3. The Arboretum of South Barrington

Posted by The Arboretum of South Barrington on Thursday, 7 May 2009

The Arboretum of South Barrington is an action-packed shopping center. It features numerous well-known stores, including L.L. Bean’s first midwestern outdoor store. Additionally, the Arboretum has a state-of-the-art bowling alley and bistro, Pinstripes. That’s not all, though, there is also an iPic Cinema as well as numerous restaurants, bars, and lounges. It also hosts many events ranging from outdoor concerts to car shows. Whether you’re traveling alone or with the kids, there is something for anyone at the Arboretum.

The Arboretum

Address: 100 W Higgins Rd. (Route 59 & 72), South Barrington, IL

Website: The Arboretum

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4. Barrington Art Festival

Posted by Amdur Productions on Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Barrington Art Festival is held annually on memorial day weekend. This unique festival is located just thirty minutes north of Chicago and offers the community a chance to purchase local art. With the backdrop of downtown Barrington, the festival takes place in the perfect location packed full of chic boutiques and charming cafes. Artists position their booths on either sides of the street, while others can be found chatting with visitors at the art demos. Check out the Barrington Art Festival!

Barrington Art Festival

Address: 104 S Cook St., Barrington, IL 60010

Website: Barrington Art Festival

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5. Baker's Lake Nature Preserve

Posted by Jim Miner on Friday, 18 March 2016

If you’re intrigued by birds and other wildlife, then Baker’s Lake is the place for you. Baker’s Lake is home to one of the most renowned heron rookeries in the midwest. From prairies to wetlands, Baker’s Lake is a haven for birdwatching, especially for those interested in great blue herons, great egrets, and black-crowned night-herons. This is a nature-lover’s dream, come check it out!

Baker's Lake

Address: E Dundee Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Website: Baker’s Lake Nature Preserve

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6. Paul Douglas Forest Preserve

Posted by Jeff Heckler on Monday, 31 July 2017

This little retreat is a great way to get the whole family outdoors while also offering the ability to appreciate local wildlife. The Paul Douglas Forest Preserve contains a 7-mile (11 km) trail which is perfect for easy hiking, biking, in-line skating, or, in the winter months, cross-country skiing. The trail connects with the Crabtree Forest Preserve, which could knock out a couple of destinations if you’re feeling ambitiously outdoors-y. Paul Douglas also contains a heron rookery which is an imperative breeding ground for the numerous birds. This forest preserve is the place to be.

Paul Douglas Forest Preserve

Address: 1280 W Central Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL

Website: Paul Douglas Forest Preserve

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7. Battlehouse Laser Combat

Posted by Battle House Mission Based Laser Tag on Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Battlehouse Laser Combat offers an elite experience to players of all levels. They have improved gaming technology as well as plenty of space to give gamers a more intense adventure. This is an especially great event for a large group or a party. If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie or just looking for an event guaranteed to bring fun, then don’t miss out on Battlehouse Laser Combat.

Battlehouse Laser Combat

Address: 28039 Northpointe Pkwy, Unit 4, Barrington, IL

Website: Battlehouse Laser Combat

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8. Place de la Musique

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Posted by Sanfilippo Foundation on Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Place de la Musique is a world renowned collection of antique musical instruments, machines, phonographs, gambling machines, as well as chandeliers, art glass, and a pipe organ along with many other rare machines. The collection is meant to preserve and share the inventions of the West. It currently contains the largest collection of musical instruments worldwide and remains one of the most profound collections to visit. If you’ve got even a smidgen of a fascination for history or art, then this is a stop that should not be missed in Barrington.

Place de la Musique

Address: 112 Algonquin Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Website: Place de la Musique

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9. Makray Golf Course

Posted by Makray Memorial Golf Club on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Makray Golf Course is an elite course featuring eighteen holes and beautiful scenery. The golfing experience is stellar for anyone interested in a leisurely day on the green. Additionally, the Makray Golf Course has a large club house with a restaurant known as Terrace Oak Grille, serving tasty American food. Additionally, there’s banquet space available for rent which can seat up to 250 guests at a time! The possibilities are endless at Makray’s, so if you’d like to plan a relaxing day, or just need a good space for a special event, then this could be the destination for you.

Makray Golf Course

Address: 1010 S Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010

Website: Makray Golf Course

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Barrington, IL 60010, USA - panoramio (1)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user bogdanstepniak used under CC BY 3.0

Barrington, Illinois is a place like no other. It has everything from intriguing history to enjoyable games to jaw-dropping outdoor scenery. All of which comes at a great price that won’t kill your wallet. There is a diverse set of things to do in Barrington, so take advantage of this traveling opportunity! If you like the mystery left undiscovered, you’ll love Place de la Musique or even the art festival. Looking for more of an urban haven? Check out The Arboretum, one of the best shopping centers in the region. An adventure is waiting on everyone in Barrington!

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