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8 Fun Facts About the New MHQ

June 6, 2018

Taking up a whole city block, our new of office packs in a lot of ‘wow’-worthy features. Here are the some of the highlights of our new headquarters.

MHQ Fun Fact 1

MHQ was designed to reflect our new home in the West Loop with its brick warehouse style and large windows.


MHQ Fun Fact 2

The ground floor is home to a one-of-a-kind McDonald’s restaurant that features a rotating menu of favorites from around the globe – as well as classic menu items – connecting McDonald’s international reach to Chicago. This Experience of the Future (EOTF) restaurant illustrates the company’s commitment to transforming the customer experience with self-order kiosks, table service, enhanced hospitality, mobile order and payment and McDelivery with Uber Eats.


MHQ Fun Fact 3

The central staircase is the heartbeat of the building, designed to prompt ‘pass-by’ interactions with conversation areas throughout.


MHQ Fun Fact 4

A Work Café on the sixth floor is the ultimate collaboration space for employees with stadium seating. It is designed to represent the colorful tube/tunnels in a PlayPlace, offers a McCafé serving barista style coffee and Canadian pastries, and a tech bar for employees’ technological needs.


MHQ Fun Fact 5

“Work neighborhoods” with open floor plans that give employees the flexibility to pick the environment which best fits their needs any time of day and serve as a home base for departments. Neighborhoods includes huddle rooms, communal tables, workstations, private phone rooms and personal lockers.


MHQ Fun Fact 6

Throughout the building are nods to McDonald’s heritage including museum-quality displays of Happy Meal toys, vintage memorabilia and a tribute wall to McDonald’s groundbreaking leaders, inventors and owner-operators.


MHQ Fun Fact 7

MHQ also houses the flagship Hamburger University (HU) location, providing state-of-the-art learning for the company’s employees and future leaders.


MHQ Fun Fact 8

All waste produced in the test kitchens will be composted and the building also features a green roof. The LEED certifiable building reflects McDonald’s commitment to sustainability.



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