The future of McDonald’s arrived in Chicago today, with the opening of a sleek, brand new 19,000-square-foot contemporary restaurant Thursday morning that has risen from the ashes of the iconic Rock-N-Roll McDonald’s.
a floating glass garden of ferns and white birch trees accompanies more than 70 trees and shrubs lining the interior walls and more than 1,000 solar panels sitting atop the roof
The restaurant is now lined with touch-screen kiosks, a standalone McCafe area and 27-foot windows, but guests will find no sign of the former McDonald’s “Play Place.”
The new River North McDonald’s includes some of the futuristic design elements that are part of the Chicago-based company’s “Experience of the Future” initiative. The company plans to modernize most of its 14,000 McDonald’s locations in the U.S. by 2020, Easterbrook said.