Iconic statue of 'Professor Stein' returns home to 3rd St. Market Hall

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's 3rd St. Market Hall announced Tuesday that the iconic Professor Stein "Bear on a Tightrope," once seen in the Shops of Grand Avenue, has found his way home. 

In 1962, The Rouse Company developed the Shops of Grand Avenue featuring the 7-foot bear dressed in a top hat and suit coat, riding along a tightrope on a unicycle. 

The Milwaukee Public Market rehomed him in 2013, and now, Professor Stein can be found perched on the east side of the 3rd St. Market Hall's full-service bar after occupying Grand Avenue's former space. 

“I enjoyed working with the Milwaukee Public Market team to bring Professor Stein home,” stated 3rd St. Market Hall co-owner, Omar Shaikh. “They were very generous to house him for the past nine years and very helpful with his grand return home.”

In honor of his return, the 3rd St. Market Hall bar is offering a $6 special on its "Bear on a Wire" cocktail for the week of Feb. 8.

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