The new McDonald’s Headquarters at 1035 W. Randolph Street finally has the go-ahead to open a McDonald’s on the ground floor. The nearly three million-dollar first floor construction was issued a building permit yesterday for the interior build out of the McDonald’s restaurant space.
The building is set to be finished this Spring, according to the most recent report by the Chicago Tribune. The structure is being built in West Town, at Oprah Winfrey’s old Harpo Studios and will employ 2,000 new McDonald’s Headquarters employees when finished.
This news follows the permit issued for 210 N. Carpenter Street in August, where developing company Sterling Bay is working on a 12-story boutique office development so-called ‘vendor village,’ that will complement the McDonald’s Headquarters.
Chicagoans can only hope that the first floor location will pay homage to the vintage replica restaurant in Des Plaines at 400 Lee Street that could be torn down any day now. The Des Plaines replica hasn’t been operating for 33 years, but served as the first walk-up location and was then plagued by flooding. Anything of historical value will be taken from the location before it’s demolished, a spokeswoman said.