The Village of Port Barrington is a small town nestled in the Fox River Valley. Established in 1927 and Incorporated in 1969, the Village of Port Barrington changed its name from Fox River Valley Gardens in 2003. This recreational community, located in both Lake and McHenry Counties, has walking, biking and snowmobile trails, boating, fishing, and several parks and marinas within its boundaries. The Fox River Preserve of the Lake County Forest Preserve is also within the boundaries of Port Barrington, offering its own marina, pavilions, and connecting trails for more outdoor enjoyment.
Port Barrington neighborhoods include Fox River Valley Gardens in McHenry County with approximately 200 single-family homes; RiverWalk - a 240-acre parcel west of Roberts Road with 262 homes, 100 acres of open space, trails, ponds, and more; Fox River Preserve & The Moorings - 230 acres of Lake County Forest Preserve plus 16 one-acre home sites; Port Barrington Shores - a gated community of 36 luxury condominiums along the Fox River, with modern docking facilities and seawalls; Deer Grove - a 39-home subdivision bordering a forested wetland area; and Deer Grove North - 27 homes surrounded by many acres or preserved wetlands.
Annual recreational events in Port Barrington include the Village Garden Party which is held in Hermann Park (the park by the Village Hall) featuring food, games, raffles and live music; holiday parties for children; the Community Garage Sale; "Concerts-in-the-Park"; Kids' "Splash" Day, and the Chili Cook-Off Contest.