Work Areas, IT Tech Bar and High-Tech Flagship Dining Establishment All Housed in Fast-Food Chain’s New West Loop Digs
Pictured: McDonald’s Corp.’s brand-new headquarters at 1045 W. Randolph St. in Chicago.McDonald’s Corp. moved”house”Monday, transferring back to downtown Chicago in a state-of-the art head office that intends to specify a fresh corporate direction for the fast-food giant after nearly 46 years in its Oak Brook place, a rolling bucolic school in the western suburban areas. “It’s good to be home,”McDonald’s President Steve Easterbrook told a crowd outside the brand-new$250 million office-and-restaurant task developed by Sterling Bay at 1045 W. Randolph St. in the city’s trendy Fulton Market district in the West Loop. Created by Gensler, the 490,000-square-foot structure rests on the website that once produced Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based show, however the two-floor television studio was leveled to make method for the shining nine-story, modern workplace situated among some of the most popular nightlife and dining establishment scenes in the city. That, Easterbrook repeated Monday, is part of the Golden Arches’master plan to draw in top talent, and highlights
his drive to bring innovation to the 63-year-old worldwide grandfather of fast-food restaurants. McDonald’s HQ Carpenter St. entrance.Photo Credit: McDonald’s Some 2,000 workers will discover themselves in what McDonald’s calls” work communities”of open-floor plans dotted with huddle rooms, common tables, workstations, personal phone spaces and
individual lockers. Numerous outside terraces, a high-ceiling sixth-floor working café with stadium seating and an Apple-like” IT Tech bar, “and a ninth-floor physical fitness space are likewise meant to foster better partnership among workers. The famed Hamburger University rests on the 2nd flooring. The dramatic three-story entrance is a far cry from the Oak Brook offices’entry. The ground floor also houses the much talked-about, one-of-a-kind McDonald’s dining establishment that features a turning menu of worldwide favorites as well as traditional
menu products. The dining establishment is also a demonstration in how technology is driving customer experiences in all stores, with self-order kiosks, table service, mobile order and payment, as well as McDelivery with Uber Eats. The ubiquitous burger chain wants to develop a Starbucks-like environment where consumers remain for hours in what Easterbrook described in a CBNC interview as a”much fresher, warmer environment”that could assist drive sales. “When people stay more they tend to pick more,” he stated.
The company is revamping about 1,000 restaurants per quarter-or 10 day-nationwide. The basic contractors in Chicago were McHugh Construction and Executive Construction.