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McDonald's #1 Store Museum

400 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4610
+1 847-297-5022
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Interesting reflection on an ancient time! Okay, the 1950's!

Well, consider that this is the ninth McDonald's every built and the first one by Ray Kroc, who... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Allen21096
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Chicago, Illinois
Where it all started

Looking at the first Mc Donald's really shows how they knew in whose early days how to service the... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
dicksayad
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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400 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4610
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, consider that this is the ninth McDonald's every built and the first one by Ray Kroc, who would go on to build an empire. This particular McDonald's was opened on April 15, 1955. Currently, there are more than 37,000 McDonald's restaurants throughout 120 countries...More

2  Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Looking at the first Mc Donald's really shows how they knew in whose early days how to service the public. It's a must see when your in Des Plaines and see a part of history. Many have and expressed their "WOW" feeling and see a...More

1  Thank dicksayad
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is the first McDonald's in the world. It is a fun place to take pics but don't expect anything else. You cannot go inside . I say if you are in from outta town it is cool place to take the kids and see...More

Thank imjustlivinglife
Reviewed 10 July 2017

it was awesome to see the very first Mcdonald that opens, and to see how small it was, and what the new McDonald are today, its amazing, imagine a burger being 15 cents, wow!

1  Thank jnelson22
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

It would be a must-see for any McDonald's enthusiast, or for those looking for a bridge to a simpler time. For everyone else, it's mildly interesting. This is not the very first McDonald's restaurant, but the first one owned by Ray Kroc who later built...More

1  Thank Matt_from_Chicago
Reviewed 23 May 2017

It is interesting to see a place where the fast food world started to gather steam. The people who have firsthand experience with fast food will like this place. Those who are nostalgic will appreciate it as well. The place offers vintage car shows in...More

1  Thank sb79836
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I use to love going to this only McDonalds as a kid. Now it is a museum across from a rebuilt location. Still set up as it was way back when with old cars out front too. A must see and there are even tours...More

Thank JakesMom2016
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I don't eat McDonald's often anymore but will stop in on occasion to get a drink or to take my son for a burger on the weekend. We recently stopped at this location and were stuck behing some stooge who was angry at the young...More

1  Thank Tom D
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Visiting this place is a trip down memory lane. When life was simpler and good times were easier to be had

1  Thank 1098b
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the McDonald's museum in des plaines. Really nostalgic feeling of being there to see the first McDonald's. Price also looked very lucrative hopefully prices will be in control in the future also. A must visit place when in des plaines.

Thank Kalpana S
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Ashley L
25 May 2017|
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Response from 1098b | Reviewed this property |
Its not a museum that you can tour. It more of a snap shot in time from the 1950's that you see the old style of the building. Old cars, mannequins in the paper hats posed as serving customers. Its not a place to spend... More
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