History & Mission

The Garlands is the inspiration of a small group of long-time Barrington residents and business owners.

Their strong ties to the community and extensive expertise have resulted in a unique community of incomparable quality.
Image of the exterior of The Garlands of Barrington

Award-winning Architecture

The Garlands established a new standard for the “next generation” of retirement communities when it opened its doors in August 2002. The goal was to create a service-oriented retirement option as an integrated part of Barrington. It would have a neighborhood feel that offered excellent selection, unparalleled quality, value and a vibrant lifestyle for adults 55 and older.

To execute this vision, Barrington Venture LLC commissioned Torti Gallas and Partners, and CHK Inc. (an internationally known, award-winning architectural firm) to design The Garlands based on the philosophy of New Urbanism. The result is a pedestrian-friendly campus where housing, work places, shopping, restaurants and entertainment are integrated into a neighborhood, set in a lush 31-acre park with mature trees and rich landscaping.

A Timeless Masterpiece

Kenneth E. Hurd & Associates Inc. of Boston, known for its interior architectural work on hotels – including New York’s Waldorf Astoria – borrowed from The Arts and Crafts Movement to create the interior design of The Garlands. “We wanted to establish a sense of home — a place where people would spend many years of their lives in comfort, but where they would never become bored,” said Hurd. “We had a commitment to create an environment where art would be part of everyday life at The Garlands by adding grace through artistic objects of everyday use.”

World-Class Service

The architectural and interior design of The Garlands is a backdrop for the highest quality of hospitality services available in the Chicago area. Four on-site dining options, housekeeping, valet, concierge, activity programs, secretarial services, home health care, assisted living and skilled nursing support are available to ensure that all residents’ needs are met and exceeded.

The Fine Art of Retirement

Since our doors opened, The Garlands has expanded significantly with the addition of the fitness and aquatic center, The Timbers Lounge and Garlands Grill, a second phase of independent living residences, the single-story Sequoia villa homes and Prairieview at The Garlands.