Forty miles northwest of Chicago lies the gregarious village of Barrington, Illinois -- not quite a suburb, but still a village representative of midwestern charm. Barrington residents are proud of their small-town heritage, which extends to their four-legged children. With six veterinarians right here in the village, pet parents know their dogs are safe. There are also plenty of pet shops to spoil your Fido within Barrington. The village is made up of seven independent villages in a 90-square mile area. The Historical Society of Barrington maintains the pristine condition of the village — offering plenty of sight-seeing as you walk your dog along the historical district.
Barrington citizens come together for weekly Farmers' Markets and Cruise nights over Lake Zurich. There is plenty of access to the outdoor recreation in the peripherals of the village. The areas surrounding Barrington are lush forests and nature preserves, like Deer Grove Forest. The pet-friendly culture is evident in the amount of restaurants that allow dogs in the outside dining areas. You'll have your pick of cuisines here, whether you're looking for a greasy breakfast joint or an upscale Italian restaurant.
Whether you're taking a casual stroll, a lengthy hike or just hanging out for a picnic with your pup, there are plenty of pawesome activities to do in Barrington!
Does your dog like to stop and smell the roses? Well, the Old Barrington neighborhood is the place for him to sniff out the succulents, orchids, and hydrangeas sold at Pasquesi Home and Gardens. Pasquesi is an indoor plant store that allows dogs to come in with their owners to check out the botanical sights and smells. The plant shop also sells pet supplies, showcasing the Pasquesi Bone Bar for the doggos. The buffet-style bar is stocked full of treats made with wholesome ingredients. You and your pup can sniff through the bar to find some of his favorites. Also in the Old Barrington neighborhood is the dog-friendly Epicure Bistro, which serves upscale entrees like duck breast with couscous.
Does your dog get tired of his usual walking route? The Deer Lake Meadows neighborhood crests the Deer Grover Forest Preserve. The preserve covers 1,500 acres of land filled with hiking trails, cross-country skiing routes, and areas to just enjoy the nature. After playing in the forest, you can head down to the mom-and-pop local joint, Tore and Luke's Italian Beef & Pizza. Tore and Luke's has some amazing homemade Italian sausage, and a slice of their beef and sausage pizza keeps the locals coming back!
Does your dog wake up at dawn ready for the day? If he's a morning pupper, then Village Grove is a suitable neighborhood for him! The Village Grove neighborhood has one of the best breakfast diners in Illinois — Southern Belle's Pancake House. Southern Belle's is dog-friendly and offers the classics in breakfast: omelets, country fried steak & eggs, and triple chocolate pancakes! Your dog is more than welcome to enjoy the sunshine with you at Southern Belle's. After breakfast, you can head to the 330-acre Baker's Lake Nature Preserve. The preserve has multiple hiking trails, a Heron rookery, and great spots for bird watching.
Does your dog think he's a herding shepherd to the flock of animals in your living room? Well then, he'll love the Braised Lamb Shank served at B&J Bistro in the Orchards neighborhood! The Bistro also has French entrees like beef tartare and an extensive vegetarian menu. Another dog-friendly local spot in the Orchards is the Copper Fiddle Distillery. At Copper Fiddle, you and Fido can catch live music as you enjoy the selection of distilled spirits the Copper has to offer, like house-made gin, bourbon, and silver rum.
Does your dog love to splash and swim? The Heights neighborhood is located right on Lake Zurich, making this a great place for your Fido to hang out. Within the heights is Paulus Park, which juts into the lake and provides beachfront water access so your dog can splash in the shallows. After some swimming, both your appetites are sure to be kicking! Zaza’s Tavola Italiana has sophisticated Italian classics that you can enjoy with your furry best friend. Try the Baked Eggplant Parmigiana or the Braciole. Bone Appetite!