Barrington : Illinois


What It Is Like to Retire in Barrington

Barrington is a very wealthy village and suburb west of Chicago and near Elgin.  The village, population just over 10,000,  is noted for its Victorian, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and other popular late-nineteenth century architecture. It is a pretty town. Notable buildings include the Octagon House and the historic Catlow Theater. Photo of Gazebo at corner of Main Street and Hough Street in downtown Barrington in autumn, courtesy of Wikipedia and Sueswim03 (public domain); Photo of The Donlea-Kincaid House which comprises part of the Barrington Area Historical Society located on West Main Street courtesy of Wikipedia and Sueswim03 (public domain).

Where to Retire in Barrington and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at top left).  The median home value was $484,697 in mid-2021, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Barrington

Barrington is a very wealthy and pleasant place to live, and a very walkable community.


What Is Not Special about Barrington



Who Will Like Retirement in Barrington

Retirees who want a small, walkable community, yet not far from a large city and all Chicago has to offer.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Professional, scientific


Climate and Physical Environment

Barrington is west of Chicago near the Fox River. The average January low is about 17 and the July high is 84. August is the wettest month with about 5" of rain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

In addition to the Catlow Theatre there is a fine library and an active Historical Society. There are festivals including the Great Taste Fest of Barrington which exhibits food from local restaurants, and the Concours d'Elegance (high end car show).


The crime rate is about one third the national average.

Medical Facilities

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital serves Barrington, there are other hospitals in nearby Hoffman Estates.


Amtrak is 18 miles away in Glenview; Chicago O'hare International Airport is 25 miles away.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Barrington
Barrington Chamber of Commerce


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