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.

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 in February. Learn more and engage with our community’s four taxing bodies and townships (Ela and Barrington) at the Virtual Public Town Hall Forum in April. Government Affairs Council. State leaders and Illinois law updates are shared with the public and local business owners at the Barrington Area Legislative Breakfast in October.

Network to Success Events

Meet and network with new prospects and power-market your business at 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.

Fall & Spring 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. 

July: Summer Sounds and Libations

A new event in 2024, is our “Summer Sounds & Libations” in downtown Barrington on Saturday, July 13 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Visit our BACC website Community Calendar for details.

August: Barrington Golf Classic

Now in its 38th year, the Chamber’s annual golf classic returns to the beautiful Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, attracting more than 125 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: Barrington Area TasteFest

Meet up with friends to 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!

November: Bliss Holiday Boutique & Luncheon

Kick off the holiday season at the BACC Women’s Biz Net Bliss Holiday Boutique & Luncheon at Makray Memorial Golf Club. Gather your friends to enjoy shopping with an array of unique vendors, live holiday entertainment and a delicious lunch!