Our Mission

Bear Family Restaurants is continually blessed to be working with such an amazing crew! We are proud of them and everything they have done to keep all of our families and our communities safe.

Every year we challenge our entire organization to donate 1,000 hours of their time to help out local charities throughout Chicagoland.  We are so excited to announce that we have reached and already have begun to surpass our goal!

We are so proud of our family members for joining in and helping with this amazing accomplishment!

If you want to join in, volunteer with us in the future, and be part of a great family while furthering your career, make sure you click on “Join Our Family” at the top, and start working toward your future, today!

Gratitude for BFR,

Food for Greater Elgin has been delighted to partner with Bear Family Restaurants in providing food to people who are food insecure. Staff from the restaurants have helped with our distributions of food, packing boxes, and being a volunteer presence at special events. It is good to have friends who will be there when we need help, and the Bear Family Restaurants have worked hard to be such friends for FFGE.

Thank you!

Dr. Michael H. Montgomery, Interim Executive Director

Community Involvement
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Bear Family Restaurants serves 19 communities in Northwest Illinois.  From Rockford to Mount Prospect our family is dedicated to the cities and towns that we are lucky to operate in. Since we are always welcome by the community we want to serve those that live there as well.  From food shelters to building parks, and the local salvation army chapters, we encourage all of our family members to come up with new and unique ways to serve their communities.

Charity Softball Game Against The Badges

The Elgin McDonald’s Owner and the Elgin Police came together to raise money for Renz Addiction Counseling Center.   With the close of summer drawing near the Elgin Police and the Bear Family McDonald’s thought it would be the perfect...

Bear Family McDonald’s Celebrates 4th of July in Niles and Morton Grove

The Bear Family was proud to be a part of the 4th of July parade in Niles and Morton Grove.For the Niles Parade Hamburglar was on the float and was waving to all the families in Niles as they went down the Parade Route. Mr. Castillo,...

Wheeling 125th Anniversary Parade

Wheeling High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams marched in the 125th Anniversary celebration parade of the Village of Wheeling.  Boys Head Coach Tom Polak gathered his runners to participate and spread goodwill to the Wheeling...

Education and McCare Nights
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Education is a very important focus for Bear Family Restaurants. We have put a special emphasis on working with schools in our communities since the very beginning. Organizing school events is a particular passion of our organization and we take great pride in having such amazing relationships with schools in the areas we serve. We also support our family members with their ongoing education and enourage them to always pursue their dreams. We have participated in scholarship matching and funding and have celebrated those that work with this when they graduate!  

Hilcrest Elementary School McTeachers Night

Hillcrest Elementary School teachers flip burgers instead of pages! Local teachers serve students and families at McTeacher’s Night to raise money for the Elementary School. Elgin | Hillcrest Elementary School students gave their teachers...

Booth Tarkington Elementary School McTeacher Night

Booth Tarkington Teachers are “Ba Da Ba Ba Bah, Lovin' it” at McTeacher’s Night   Arlington Heights|Booth Tarkington Elementary School students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to help raise money for the school's PTO....

Hoffman Estates HS McTeacher Night

Hoffman Estates High School Teachers and Administration Volunteer to Raise Funds at McTeacher’s Night   Hoffman Estates| HEHS students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to support raising money for the Hoffman Estates...

Stratford Middle School McTeacher Night

Stratford MS Teachers are “Ba Da Ba Ba Bah, Lovin' it” at McTeacher’s Night   Bloomingdale| Stratford Middle School students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to raise money for the school. Teachers and support staff...

Highland Elementary McTeacher’s Night

Highland Teachers are “Ba Da Ba Ba Bah, Lovin' it” at McTeacher’s Night   Elgin| Highland Elementary School students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to raise money for the Highland PTO. Teachers and support staff...

Coaches and Team Members Work Hard at McDonald’s during McCoaches Night.

Larkin Cross Country Team Coaches volunteered behind the counter on Wednesday, September 11th, at the Elgin McDonald’s located at 1480 Larkin Avenue, where they served students and their families in a fundraiser for Larkin High School...

Euclid Elementary has a Luau at the Mt. Prospect McDonald’s

Mount Prospect | Euclid Elementary School students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to support local education and school activities. Forty-five teachers from Euclid volunteered behind the counter on Thursday, May 16,...

Batter up at Westchester McDonald’s for WGS

WESTCHESTER | Westchester Girls Softball had the bases loaded at the Westchester McDonald’s. Coaches and Board members from WGS volunteered behind the counter on Tuesday, May 14, at the Westchester McDonald's located on 31st St., where...

Divine Providence School McTeacher Night

 Local teachers serve students and families on McTeacher’s Night to raise money for College Scholarships. Westchester| Divine Providence students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to support the school. Teachers from...

District 54 Early Learning Center Shakes Things Up at McDonald’s

The District 54 Early Learning Center students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to support the School's PTA. Teachers from ELC volunteered behind the counter on Wednesday, April 10th at the McDonald's located on...

Community Services 
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Bear Family Restaurants has always saluted the first responders and front line workers of our communities.  Without the tireless efforts of these life saving individuals we wouldn’t be the organization that we are today.  Some of the best ways we have helped service these amazing people is organizing events to meet them and engage with them, giveaways and more! We thank them for their help and their amazing efforts to keep us safe and protected.

Frozen Drinks with a Firefighter Bloomingdale

Bear Family Restaurants Host Frozen Drinks With A Firefighter in Bloomingdale  Bloomingdale, IL. – Customers and Community Members of the Bloomingdale McDonald’s on Stratford Dr. were treated to a complimentary Frozen Drinks on...

Slushie with a Sergeant in Bloomingdale

Bear Family Restaurants Host Slushie With a Sergeant in Bloomingdale  Bloomingdale, IL. – Customers and Community Members of the Bloomingdale McDonald’s on Stratford Dr. were treated to a complimentary Slushie on Thursday, August 1st,...

Elgin Police Serves Slushies

Elgin Police Department Partners With the Bear Family Restaurants Once Again With Slushie With a Sergeant Event  Elgin, IL. – More than 150 free Slushies were distributed to attendees of the ElginMcDonald’s on Larkin during the Slushie...

South Elgin Police Officers Celebrate last day of School with Cones

South Elgin, IL. – More than 250 free Vanilla Cones were distributed to attendees of the South Elgin McDonald’s Cone with A Cop event on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Owned and operated by the Bear Family the South Elgin McDonald’s located on...

Niles Cone with A Cop

Niles Police Officer Whiteman makes Vanilla Cones at McDonald’s  Niles, IL. – More than 50 free Vanilla Cones were distributed to attendees of the Niles McDonald’s Cone with A Cop event on Monday, April 15th, 2019. Owned and Operated by...

Our Family Serving With Significance
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Whether it is helping community organizations, first responders, educational facilities, non-profits, Bear Family Restaurants is always there. We challenge ourselves as an organization every year to come together and donate our time, our resources, and our passion for the communities and areas we server. If you are a community organizer or are looking for fundraising from businesses in your city/township contact us now by filling out our form here:https://bearfamilyrestaurants.com/index.php/2021/02/25/serving-with-significance-contact/

Thank you to everyone in our family for all you do!

Park Beautification Project

Bear Family Restaurants has partnered with the Salvation Army to clean up a park in Elgin, Illinois!  We are grateful to be working in the area to give back to our communities and help others! Please keep visiting to see the progress of...

Celebration For Reading

Bear Family Restaurants was honored to take part in the celebration for reading that took place at our South Elgin McDonald’s located at 100 N. McLean Blvd. The Principals from Clinton, Fox Meadow and Willard Elementary Schools in South...