McDonald’s #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois
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McDonald’s #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois

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McDonald's #1 Store Museum, 00 N. Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016

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When you think fast food hamburgers in America, you mind probably immediately moves towards McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain. In 1955 Ray Krok, who later purchased and expanded McDonald’s, leading the brand to the status it has today, opened a franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois. Today, the spot of that first McDonald’s is home to a museum prepped up to look just as it would have back then: the McDonald’s #1 Store Museum.

While the museum is a tribute to the past, it does not in fact house a restaurant. Luckily, if you’re hungry, there is a functioning modern McDonald’s right across the street (or, a restaurant down the street that delivers your meal by train!).

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Unfortunately, the museum is only open odd hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so plan accordingly and call ahead before going. I have never actually been inside the museum but will make it my mission to go back some day. In the mean time, here are some pics of the outside, a glorious testament to McDonald’s of yore.

 

McDonald's #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois

 

Site: McDonald’s #1 Store Museum
Location: 400 N. Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Cost: Free.
Hours: Open Seasonally (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Call (847) 297-5022 for Days/Hours
Date: November 25, 2007

 

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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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