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Sleek McDonald’s with solar panels and floating glass garden opens in Chicago

An iconic Rock-N-Roll vintage McDonald’s in Chicago has gotten a modernized revamp, opening it’s new doors to the public on Thursday.

The sleek 19,000-square-foot eatery had a private opening on Wednesday for the grand reopening, with President and CEO Steve Easterbrook joining in at the River North celebration. 

The iconic location – which has been a stable in the city since 1983 – now includes a floating glass garden filled with ferns and white birch trees. 70 other types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant, CBS Chicago reports. 

The sleek 19,000-square-foot eatery had a private opening on Wednesday for the grand reopening

The iconic location has been a stable in the city since 1983 and was known for its vintage Rock-N-Roll decor

The iconic location has been a stable in the city since 1983 and was known for its vintage Rock-N-Roll decor

Also included in the remodel are 1,000 solar panels situated on the roof.

Touch-screen kiosks now fill the McDonald’s, with 27-foot windows providing plenty of natural sunlight inside. 

Not included in the store: a ‘Play Place’, Ronald McDonald, Grimace or the Hamburglar. 

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly felt that the new design was a good move for the neighborhood. 

It now includes a floating glass garden filled with ferns and white birch trees. 70 other types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant

It now includes a floating glass garden filled with ferns and white birch trees. 70 other types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant

‘I think the Rock N’ Roll McDonalds served a branding purpose, and I think this is symbolic of their commitment to sustainability and those practices moving forward as a company,’ Reilly said. ‘(It’s about) looking more toward modernization, the use of technology and green sustainability.’ 

McDonald’s plans to upgrade most of its 14,000 locations across the US by 2020 through their ‘Experience of the Future’ initiative. 

For Susan Morrow, a member of the River North Residents Association, the McDonald’s return after being closed for 13 months is a sigh of relief. 

‘This is a new generation of McDonald’s that we’re really excited to see–we think the outdoor space will be amazing,’ Morrow said. 

‘It’s something we needed in the neighborhood–it brings a lightness and a brightness to the neighborhood that we have not had before.’ 

McDonald's plans to upgrade most of its 14,000 locations across the US by 2020 through their 'Experience of the Future' initiative

McDonald’s plans to upgrade most of its 14,000 locations across the US by 2020 through their ‘Experience of the Future’ initiative

The store is said to have a completely different feel, with its steel and timber construction offering a much more eco-friendly vibe. 

‘I really appreciated the Rock N’ Roll theme, but that’s sort of a look back at what made McDonald’s great,’ said Nick Karavites, owner of the location. 

‘So I love that, but I am so much more excited about what we have here now, and I think that once the community and the tourists and everyone visit–that they’re going to appreciate this even more than what we had before.’ 

Karavites has 100 staff members and plans to hire another 50, adding that the kiosks didn’t force him to reduce his number of staff. 

Those who were cashiers will find that they can now do other roles.

The store is said to have a completely different feel, with its steel and timber construction offering a much more eco-friendly vibe

The store is said to have a completely different feel, with its steel and timber construction offering a much more eco-friendly vibe

The Chicago location is very important to Easterbrook, calling the city the ‘heartbeat’ of the chain’s international brand. 

‘We have iconic flagship restaurants all around the world, but I would say that given that Chicago is the heartbeat of not just our U.S. business but our worldwide business, that we are standing here in the global flagship restaurant,’ Easterbrook said. 

The new structure does not offer a second floor, anymore, but does still maintain the 24 hour-day functionality that made the previous version so popular.          

The new structure does not offer a second floor, anymore, but does still maintain the 24 hour-day functionality that made the previous version so popular

The new structure does not offer a second floor, anymore, but does still maintain the 24 hour-day functionality that made the previous version so popular



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