This is certainly a landmark! It’s a replica of the very first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, IL. The original had been renovated repeatedly and the company decided to use the original blueprints to recreate the first store. It is now a free museum, only open in the summer so I didn’t get inside! Sad, but true! There are mannequins in vintage uniforms working the stations. I love that.

Across the street from the McD’s museum is a fully-operational McD’s store that has a few items on display for the public–including this model of the original location. We had a chocolate shake. It seemed like the right thing to do.

There are two plaques showcasing the landmark restaurant!

2 Comments on McDonald’s First Store, Des Plaines, IL

  1. Patrick did an extensive documentary on this McDonald’s years ago. I am sure he would be happy to chat with you about it! Hee!

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