The Town Of Barrington Hills, Illinois
ChicagoRelo.com is your source for information on Barrington Hills. If your moving to Barrington Hills or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!Stretching out over the four counties of Lake, Cook, Kane, and McHenry, residents of Barrington Hills enjoy the beautiful countryside on minimum five-acre sites where both farming and horse raising are allowed. Its 6,000 acres of forest preserve cover almost half of the village landscape. In the absence of a downtown center, Barrington Hills keeps its rural look and feeling but enjoys convenient shopping just outside its borders.
Fire protection for Barrington Hills is provided partly by the Barrington Fire Department and by the fire protection districts of Fox River Grove, Algonquin, Carpentersville, and Dundee. The village has its own police department and dispatch center. The Barrington Public Library District, the geographically largest library district in Illinois, serves Barrington Hills.
Metra commuter trains are easily accessible from the nearby village of Barrington and reach the Chicago Loop in 46 minutes. For those driving, access to Interstate 90 provides easy highway travel to Chicago and O’Hare Airport.
Students in Barrington Hills attend Barrington Unit School District #220 and Carpentersville District #300, which includes grades K-12. One parochial school serves the Barrington area.
Aware of encroaching development surrounding the village, the Barrington Hills Conservation Trust was founded in 2001 to preserve open space through conservation easements. As its mission, the BHCTrust is dedicated to preserving the open land, the rural character, the scenic views, the historic value, the recreational quality, and the ecologically significant resources of Barrington Hills, and nearby communities.
|Countryside School||205 W. County Line Road Barrington Hills IL 60010||Elementary Schools|
Barrington Hills History
The rich farmland and abundant water supplies attracted settlers to the area in 1834. The early settlers formed a town originally called Miller’s Grove. It was later named Barrington Center and eventually Barrington Hills. Early in the 1900’s, Chicago executives sought the rolling farmland for its beauty and tranquility and subdivided it into large estates. The new owners became horse breeders and began marking bridle paths. By the late 1980’s there were over 70 miles of bridle paths. The Fox River Valley Hunt Club was established in the late 1930’s, and the Barrington Horse Show began in 1945. The Horse Show is now permanently housed in the Barrington Countryside Riding Center.