Barrington Hills is a village ideal for those wishing to merge suburban and outdoor styles of life. It managed to avoid most of the urbanization happening around it, keeping over 4,500 acres of forests.
Equestrianism is one of the things the village is renowned for as well as a grand part of its cultural heritage. It’s sparsely populated, having approximately a hundred and forty people per square mile.
Barrington Hills is about forty miles northwest of Chicago or around an hour of driving. It spans across a 28.04 square mile area and is located on the eastern bank of the Fox River.
The shoreline is seventeen hundred feet long, and the river makes up 2.17 percent of the village’s territory. It branches off into two perennial streams, namely, Spring and Flint Creek, of which the former is towards the west, and the latter to the east. Dams on Flint Creek have made it so that it created the Hawley, Hawthorne, and Keene lakes.
The land of the village is spread across four counties, with only one other municipality in Illinois being able to claim the same.
An approximate 1,168 families, consisting of 4,221 people, call the village their home. The young population of eighteen and under makes up 25.3% of the total. The average household brings in $145,330 per year, placing Barrington Hills far above both the national and state median income, more than doubling both of them.
Only 3.1% of the population lives below the poverty line; nearly a quarter of that of the U.S. People under 18 make up a disproportionate component of the statistic, 3.9% being under the poverty line, while astonishingly, nobody over the age of 65 belongs to this category.
Barrington Hills secured position number 87 on the list of the highest-income places in the U.S. with a population that exceeds 1,000.
Barrington Hills prides itself on the well-preserved woods and other green spaces. The community works diligently to keep the vibrant environment of the village seemingly untouched. That goes to such an extent that culling trees, even on your own property, must be approved by the Village beforehand. Additionally, residents enjoy the fruits of their labor, organizing many outdoor weekend events such as fishing tourneys, building birdhouses, landscape painting, and many more.
And while the community is nature-focused, they also pride themselves on freedom of property. For example, this is one of the few places you can freely light fires in residential areas. Naturally, these can’t be huge bonfires that would threaten to get out of control, but as long as they are within regulation, it’s fair game.
The freedom of property additionally gives residents unique opportunities not available in the rest of the Chicago area. Residents can apply to build a shooting range or a sporting clay course. Raising animals that are ordinarily off-limits in Chicago, like alpacas, bees, and ducks, is entirely allowed within Barrington Hills.
Only a short drive separates equestrians from the Arlington Park Racetrack, the premier horse-racing facility in Chicago.
The beautiful nature allows the village’s love of equestrianism to thrive throughout the generations as the greenery allows locals to ride their horses freely and enjoy the scenic woods. The system of riding and hiking trails is an impressive 116 miles long, making sure each rider will have more than enough space for themselves.
The restoration efforts of the village, however, don’t exclusively extend to flora. In fact, birding enthusiasts will find the town an excellent place to pursue their hobby as it is home to a host of endangered or rare species. Notably, bald eagles have returned to the area, indicating an improvement in water quality and verifying the success of villagers’ efforts. Internationally, Barrington Hills has been recognized as an important bird area.
Farming is one of the village’s most prominent pastimes, with many of the residents partaking in it as a hobby.
Barrington Hills Country Club
The village is home to the oldest and most traditionally oriented country club in the Barrington area. It was founded in 1921 by Hagen, Hart, and Cardwell, three land-owners who donated their unfarmable property to the club. Originally, it hosted fox hunts and horse jumping; however, what it’s most known for today is, without any doubt, golfing.
Considered to have the best fields in the entire are of Chicago, even the U.S. Golf Association has resorted to them to host the U.S. Open Qualifier. We can only imagine how lucky the members, playing on an 18-hole course designed by George O’Neill, a Golden Age golf architect.
It even has a little-known playreading group that has been operating for well over fifty years now. The membership to the club, however, is very exclusive, allowing only those recommended by a member and then approved by the board.