McDonald's #1 Store Museum is a recreation of the first McDonald's Restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois by McDonald's Corporation founder, Ray Kroc, on April 15, 1955.
The Museum Facility: The original red and white tiled restaurant building featuring the Golden Arches underwent several remodels through the years and was finally torn down in 1984. The present facility was built according to the original blueprints with some modifications to accommodate Museum visitors and staff. The "Speedee" road sign is original.
The customer service and food preparation areas contain original equipment used in the days when fresh potatoes were peeled, sliced, blanched and fried; milkshake mix and syrup were whipped up on the Multi-mixers; Coca-Cola® and root beer were drawn from a barrel, and orangeade from the orange bowl.
The all-male crew is represented by mannequins dressed in the 1955 uniform - dark trousers, white shirts, aprons and paper hats.
McDonald's #1 Store Museum
400 N. Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
There is no Museum store. The museum grounds are open providing visitors an up close view of the McDonald’s #1 Store Museum. The #1 Store is not open to the public. An operating McDonald's restaurant is located across the street from the museum.
Open Seasonally (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Admission is Free
Call (847) 297-5022 for Days/Hours