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Celebrate Citizens Park's 5th Anniversary

The land formerly owned by the Jewel Tea Co. became a dedicated park in 2007.

It’s been five years since 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 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 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. 

Steve Burgoon July 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM
What day is teh anniversary? I did not find a DATE
Morgan Delack July 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Steve, It's TODAY! Sorry about that, I will add it right now!
William Lee July 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Boy, your facts are a bit rusty, and the language in the article is a bit garbled in one place. Jewel didn't "later" become associated with Osco. They have been part of the same company for decades, and the Jewel-Osco combination has also been in existence for decades. You need an update.

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