A new McDonald’s in Chicago, located on Clark and Ontario, is totally unlike any other McDonald’s in the world. Its clean, industrial design has drawn comparisons to Apple Stores around the world thanks to its cross-laminated timber construction, which mimics the appearance of concrete and steel.
Designed by Chicago-based firm Ross Barney Architects, the McDonald’s Global Menu Restaurant — as the special eatery is officially called — is part of the Golden Arches’ new global headquarters, which spans an entire city block off West Randolph Street.
The restaurant’s dining room features a garden planted with ferns and white birch trees, while shared tables are outfitted with wireless charging and outlets. A row of harvestable apple trees can be found on the kitchen roof in an attempt by the fast-food chain to utilize underused space.
McDonald’s has designed the building to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in a corporate push to “make sustainability the new normal.”
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