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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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Why Terrible? Because McDonald's is tearing this iconic museum down!

It was the 4th of January 2018 and we happened to stop at the McDonald's across the street and... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Chicago, Illinois
Short stop with eyerolls from the millennials

The boomers in the group enjoyed the peek through the gate of this roadside attraction, but the... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Ellen C
Northborough, Massachusetts
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“golden arches” (4 reviews)
“vintage cars” (4 reviews)
“worth a stop” (2 reviews)
400 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4610
+1 847-297-5022
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

It was the 4th of January 2018 and we happened to stop at the McDonald's across the street and looked over to the McDonald's #1 Store Museum only to find that there were at least two cranes and a demolition crew. They had begun to...More

1  Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

The boomers in the group enjoyed the peek through the gate of this roadside attraction, but the millennials resorted to eyerolls. The attraction has very limited to opening hours, but it's still worth a stop.

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 6 October 2017

First McDonald's restaurant, still standing. Now world wide, largest fast food company in the world. A lot of competitors today but still #1

Thank Kurt M
Reviewed 16 September 2017

It's hard for me to talk about how I feel about McDonald's because as a child I would go here with family all the time. I have very fond memories in my early years of McDonald's and then in my 20's I stopped going before...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Interesting to drive by and/or park across the street and have a look at the early McDonald's. People should view with some skepticism, however, as this is not really the real "#1 McDonald's". Despite what the Ray Kroc empire would have people believe, the real...More

Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Things McDonald's is clean, the food is prepared with care, and the staff is friendly. The service is fast, and they always get my order right.

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 28 July 2017

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 10 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

2  Thank dicksayad
Reviewed 10 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!

2  Thank jnelson22
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Ashley L
24 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