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Friday, February 24

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The fight to save the Jewel Tea Building in Barrington has been lost, and the Art Deco structure, affectionately known as the "Gray Lady," is facing the wrecking ball to make way for a new park. Read more about the failed preservation efforts, and learn more about the history of the Jewel Tea Company, which later became the Jewel-Osco grocery chain.

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