ChicagoBearCo

Handmade Artist Bears from The Windy City, Helping Kids

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Announcement    Thanks for stopping in! All of my bear cubs are handmade with love right here in the Windy City!
I have crafted since I was a little girl with the love and support of all the crafty ladies in my family. I'm proud to carry on the tradition!

Where Your Adoption Fee Goes:
I’m a third grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, so each bear adopted means more supplies for my students! This year I was able to purchase robot-building kits for them, along with a new classroom rug! ❤️
Layaway:
Layaway IS available so please ask. Terms are 40% payment to reserve your new friend, and the balance due in two months. Message me for details.

I gladly accept custom orders, so please ask!
Bear hugs to you from my den to yours!

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 15, 2019

Thanks for stopping in! All of my bear cubs are handmade with love right here in the Windy City!
I have crafted since I was a little girl with the love and support of all the crafty ladies in my family. I'm proud to carry on the tradition!

Where Your Adoption Fee Goes:
I’m a third grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, so each bear adopted means more supplies for my students! This year I was able to purchase robot-building kits for them, along with a new classroom rug! ❤️
Layaway:
Layaway IS available so please ask. Terms are 40% payment to reserve your new friend, and the balance due in two months. Message me for details.

I gladly accept custom orders, so please ask!
Bear hugs to you from my den to yours!

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About ChicagoBearCo

Sales 41
On Etsy since 2015

Artist Bears Made in the USA

It started about ten years ago... I found a book about teddy bear making one long and awful winter, and from that moment I was hooked!
Some of you may remember me from my old shop, East Bench Bears. I took a hiatus from bear making to pursue my teaching career. Since then a lot has happened! I found true love, got married, and just had our first child!

I use the best quality materials to make each bear, whether it's Schulte mohair, or Corriedale wool. Recently I started needlefelting bears, a process of taking wool fibers and sculpting them using a barbed needle. A great way to take out some pent up frustration!


Supporting the handmade /artisan industry is vital to me. Coming from a very long line of artisans,crafters, musicians, and other creative types keeps me keenly aware how important the creative arts are. I buy and support local and handmade as often as I can.

I have won awards in the past for my bears, and even was featured on HGTV's That's Clever!- an old show about artists and crafters.

I hope you enjoy my work- it is truly my passion!

From my hug to yours,
Anita

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  • Anita

    Owner, Creator

    Hi and thanks for stopping by! My name's Anita and I've got a thing for bears. A really big thing for bears- my daughter's nursery is covered in them, I've got a sizable stash of bear-a-phenalia as well! I love making them and hope you enjoy too!

  • Evan

    Assistant

    My wonderful husband, photographer and arctophile!

  • Ellie

    Inspiration!!

    Ellie is my 2 year old daughter who provides me endless inspiration for my creations!

  • Momma!

    Creator, Assistant

    My mother, Susan Spero, is an accomplished artist in her own right! A member of OPA for years, and winner of numerous awards, my mom Susan Spero has just been introduced to online selling of her original paintings. Stay tuned for more listings!

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