Your hometown with Barrington, October 21 | WGN 720 radio

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This month your hometown features Barrington. Tune in on Thursday, October 21 to learn more about the places and people that make Barrington unique.

Head about 40 miles northwest of Chicago to reach Barrington. Stretching into both Cook and Lake counties, Barrington encompasses an area of ​​approximately 90 square miles of six independent villages, including North Barrington, South Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, and Tower Lakes. Residents enjoy a variety of recreational activities in wetlands, forest reserves, parks, golf courses and horse trails. The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Barrington as Tree City USA every year since 1986.

Barrington was originally inhabited by the native peoples of the Native American tribes of the Potawatomi and Mascouten prairies. Many local roads in use today, including Algonquin, Rand, and Higgins, were originally Native American trails.

Barrington’s first settlers came from New York and Vermont. Originally a farming community, Barrington has grown into a transportation hub. The village was incorporated in 1865. By the early 1900s the area became a country retreat for wealthy Chicago businessmen and its wide open spaces, small town charm and horse riding tradition remain apparent today. hui.

The village of Barrington has the largest historic residential neighborhood in Illinois and is known for its Victorian, Queen Anne and Victorian Gothic architecture. Notable buildings include the Octagon House (Hawley), the 526-seat one-screen Catlow Theater, and the Ice House Shopping Center.

TV personality and designer Kristin Cavallari, authors Veronica Roth and Gene Wolfe, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, Chicago Bears safety Gary Fencik and United States Secretary of the Treasury (2006-2009) Henry Paulson are some of the notable names that have resided in Barrington.

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