Harris noted how McDonald's, an Illinois based company headquartered in Oak Brook, has had a significant impact on the Illinois economy. The Bear Family Restaurants McDonald's franchises alone employ more than 1,000 employees throughout their various suburban locations and have held true to the McDonald’s model of providing good food at reasonable prices. It was in 1955 that McDonald's opened their historic Des Plaines, IL location that featured the golden arches which have become the iconic symbol of the McDonald's brand worldwide.
More on the Bear Family Restaurants. The company originated in 1967 when David Bear’s parents, Marcelle and Jerry, acquired their very first restaurant located on Larkin Avenue in Elgin, IL. Over the past 48 years, the Bear Family Restaurants has grown and now operate 18 McDonald's locations in the Chicago Suburbs. David, along with his parents and brother, Marc, are excited for this opportunity to become active members in the Mount Prospect community. The Bear Family Restaurants have a long history of being active and socially responsible members in every community they serve. In 2014, the family was recognized as the Illinois Family Business of the Year for Community Involvement by the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business.