WEST LOOP — McDonald's plans to open a restaurant in the company's new corporate headquarters in the West Loop, officials confirmed Wednesday.
The fast food giant will build the restaurant on the ground floor of the new $250 million headquarters at Carpenter and Randolph streets. The nine-story building, now under construction, is slated to open in spring 2018.
Company officials declined to say whether the concept for the restaurant would be a new one for the global chain.
"We'll be sharing more details in the future," a McDonald's representative wrote in an email Wednesday.
At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said that the company is excited about plans for the restaurant and new corporate headquarters.
"It's clear to me that being at the corner of Carpenter and Randolph is the right place for McDonald's," Easterbrook said. There is not "a more vibrant, customer-driven, trend-driven area than the West Loop of Chicago."
McDonald's move to the West Loop will bring 2,000 employees to the neighborhood, confirmed Robert Gibbs, executive vice president and global chief communications officer at McDonald's.
Earlier this year, McDonald's signed a 15-year lease in Sterling Bay's planned development at 110 N. Carpenter Street on a blocklong site formerly occupied by the old Harpo Studios campus. McDonald’s will occupy 485,000 square feet in the building, according to the mayor's office.
Before moving to Oak Brook, the company had headquarters in Chicago from 1966 to 1971.
With more than 36,000 locations in more than 100 countries, McDonald's is the world's biggest restaurant chain.
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