A Peek Inside McDonald’s New Chicago Headquarters

Photos by Garrett Rowland

Photos by Garrett Rowland

Fast-food giant McDonald’s recently opened their brand-new headquarters in the heart of Chicago, taking over Oprah’s former Harper Studio site. The massive project came together in just 18 short months with IA Interior Architects and Studio O+A at the helm, along with the base building architect Gensler, developer Sterling Bay, and construction company McHugh. The new space brings the hamburger company back into the city with the goal of creating a single, innovative workspace that will continue leading them into the future.

Located in a 9-story building, the new HQ brings together a variety of formerly-scattered departments allowing employees to interact throughout their workday. The collaborative setup offers a variety of choices for working, from solo time when concentration is needed to larger spaces for multiple people. On top of the workplace options, the HQ provides employees with a list of enviable amenities, like a fitness center, multiple roof decks, a community cafe, conference center, training facilities, and a bike room, making employment there that much sweeter.

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