It’s been five years since Citizens Park was incorporated into the Barrington Park District.
Long-time Barrington residents remember the Jewel Tea Co.’s building commonly known as the “Grey Lady” that used to stand on the 211-acre plot of land off of Lake Zurich Road.
According to the Barrington Area Historical Society, Jewel Tea Co. was started in 1889, and sold household products like coffee, tea, linens china and tools. The company moved from Chicago to Barrington in 1930. Jewel Tea Co. did very well in the Barrington location until 1981 when they started to open stores and didn’t need the building anymore. The land was eventually sold to the Barrington Park District in the late 1990's and Citizens Park was created.
A recent Quintessential Barrington article explained the process of taking down the Jewel Tea Co. buildings and creating Citizens Park began in 1998. It was officially dedicated as a park in 2007.
Jewel Tea Co. is still a strong business in the area today, but under a different name. Jewel later partnered with Osco and the supermarket chain known as Jewel-Osco was created.
Celebrate Citizens Park’s 5th Anniversary Wednesday, July 25.
- 5:45-6:45 p.m.: 7th Annual Children’s Dog Show
The popular dog show includes several categories and prizes for children of all ages to enjoy. Pre-registration is required and all dogs must be leashed to participate. For more information, contact Jodi Krause with the Barrington Park District (847-304-5291)
- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Citizens Park Anniversary Celebration with Joe Cantafio and the 101st Rock Division
Enjoy a free concert in celebration of the 5th anniversary of Citizens Park. There will be food for purchase and free giveaways.