Port Barrington is a small village on the border of Lake and McHenry counties, northwest of Barrington. It was formerly known as Fox River Valley Gardens, named after the Fox River tributary that runs through it. Port Barrington’s population in 2010 census was 1,517. The village motto is “Friendly By Nature.”
|Living in Port Barrington
Students living in Port Barrington are served by Wauconda Community Unit School District 118. In 2018, the district was named one of the top ten best school districts in America by the National Council For Home Safety and Security. Three elementary schools, two middle schools and Wauconda High School within the district serve Port Barrington students.
Port Barrington is located 45 miles northwest of Chicago, about a one hour drive via I-90.
What to See
Port Barrington is a scenic community with miles of walking, hiking, and snow mobile trails, as well as boating and fishing within its boundaries. The Fox River Preserve of the Lake County Forest Preserve, within Port Barrington, has its own marina, pavilions and connecting trails for refreshing outdoor recreation.
The Broken Oar Marina Bar and Grill is a popular place for scenic views and entertainment along the lower Fox River.
Five miles north of the village, the Moraine Hills State Park offers picnicking, bike trails, hiking trails, boating, cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, and of course, the opportunity to observe a rich array of native plants and wildlife.
Portions of Port Barrington are in Illinois’ 14th congressional district, while other areas of the village are in the 6th district.
In the 14th district, Naperville nurse Lauren Underwood is running against the incumbent Randy Hultgren, who has held the 14th district congressional seat since 2011.
In the 6th district, Sean Casten is running against the incumbent Peter Roskam, who has held the 6th district congressional seat since 2006.
Sean is committed to serving Port Barrington and the rest of the 6th district by focusing on facts and working to strengthen the community’s schools and economy.