Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
Signature Networking, Community and Legislative Events
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosts several Signature Events annually that bring together business and the community. Often these events are prime opportunities to network, market your products and services to local residents, and make strategic connections that can lead to business. Here are some highlights:
January: BACC Annual Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser
Attend BACC’s annual celebration of new leadership, business awards and more. The Annual Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser is our largest networking event of the year. Enjoy a delightful evening of dinner, entertainment, and silent auction featuring dozens of products, services, gift baskets, giveaways, gift certificates, spirits, sports memorabilia and other items benefiting the Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to local high school students. The event is held at The Avante Banquet and Conference Center.
Legislative & Government Affairs Events
Get a state of the Barrington Region update from our community leaders; hear updates on developments that impact local businesses, and have the opportunity to address our local Mayors and Village Presidents at the Economic Summit on Wednesday, February 3. Learn more and engage with our community’s four taxing bodies and townships (Ela and Barrington) at The Public Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, May 19. Government Affairs Council. State leaders and Illinois law updates are shared with the public and local business owners at the Barrington Area Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, October 6.
Network to Success Scrambles
Meet and network with new prospects and power-market your business during these in-person and virtual high-energy events held at various times each year.
April: Scholarship Luncheon
Our Scholarship Luncheon honors high school seniors who have been selected, through an application process, to receive the BACC Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship. The event includes a delicious lunch, featured guest speaker, and presentation of the awards. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 and are given to students who will be attending a university, community college, or trade or vocational school. Senior students who attend Barrington High School or any high school senior of a BACC member are eligible to receive the scholarship award. Applications are available on the BACC website.
Barrington Wine Walks
Enjoy a “Sipping Saturday” during the Spring and Fall Wine Walks in downtown Barrington. Sample fine wines from local suppliers while exploring unique shops and restaurants.
VIP Car Show
This new event will gather VIP car collectors for a public display of classic cars. Car show participants will receive access to the VIP tent for great wine, bourbon and other tastings! Watch for more information on our BACC homepage! The event will be held on Saturday, June 25.
August: Barrington Golf Classic
Now in its 35th year, the Chamber’s annual golf classic returns to the beautiful Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, attracting more than 200 players. All skill levels welcome. A great casual networking opportunity, as well as a relaxing outing with co-workers, friends and clients.
August: Barrington Family Expo
A great family outing where you can showcase your business, products and services to hundreds of local residents. Held outdoors this year at Citizens Park in August.
September: OWL Awards Luncheon
Each year the Chamber honors four Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) at an awards program and luncheon hosted by the Women’s Biz Net at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington. The women are recognized for their accomplishments in one of four categories: Community Impact, Mentorship and Education, Nonprofit Leadership, and Professional Excellence.
October: Great Barrington Area TasteFest
Meet up with friends, enjoy live music and sample dozens of signature dishes and spirits of the Barrington area’s finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Vote for your favorite taste, entree, spirit and dessert!
December: Barrington Holiday Windows
Shop, Stroll & Be Merry while viewing the Barrington Holiday Windows! Tour festive displays in merchant windows created by local artists throughout town. Enjoy holiday food and drink, get in the spirit with holiday street music, and enter for a chance to win a local Barrington area shopping spree!