Head to Illinois to Find the McDonalds That Doesn't Serve Food
We have discussed our love for shocking McDonald’s locations before, but we this is the first one we’ve seen where you can’t order a Big Mac or even an order of fries. In Des Plaines, Illinois sits a replica of the very first McDonald’s that opened in April of 1955. McDonald’s purists don’t be alarmed—the very first restaurant was located in San Bernardino, California—but this Illinois location was the first franchise location that Ray Kroc opened.
The original place was refurbished a couple times, but the suits at McD’s apparently had enough dealing with its upkeep and the place was leveled in 1984. The restaurant was then reconstructed using the original blueprints with a few changes to make the place comfy and cozy for both visitors and staff. At least that means that there are no rogue French fries from the 1950s still hanging out somewhere.
On display are all the original machines and devices used to cook-up America’s favorite restaurant fare before everything became almost totally automated. There are no employees at this location, just mannequins displaying their original uniforms proudly. Again, this means that there’s no food available at this location. It’s just a museum at this point, but it is still probably worthy of a visit if your road trip travels take you through the area. It’s free to enter, but is only open during the summer.
Don’t worry if you need your McNugget fix—there’s a fully functioning McD’s right across the street.
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