Hamburgers originated in the USA and McDonald's first restaurant was in California.
The first franchise store of McDonald's was opened by Ray Koch in April 1955 in a Chicago suburb called Des Plaines. The original restaurant building was demolished in 1984, then rebuilt as a museum shortly thereafter and demolished again in 2017.
The entrance sign is original, with early cartoon mascot "Speedee," representing the innovative Speedee Service System, inspired by assembly-line production which the McDonald brothers had introduced in 1948.*
Today in 2019, McDonald's continues to emphasize speedy service in delivering hamburgers as well as innovations in the delivery technique as illustrated in photo #3. I've seen the digital ordering kiosks at the McDonald's in Germany already as well.
At the McDonald''s restaurant in the world headquarters building you can order hamburgers and other specialities from McDonald's around the world.
When the McDonald's symbol is lit up for a particular region on the global map, then you can order food items from that region.
Thus, in Chicago, you can order a Hong Kong spice sandwich or Canada's Mighty Angus Original and have an Italian Baci McFlurry as a dessert.
Photo #5 here you go, for the 365 challenge - a photo of a photo of a hamburger 😜
Photo #6 Backstory:
While in USA recently, my husband and I went to Des Plaines to take more photos of the McDonald's museum only to find the rubble where it had once stood.
Then we learned that the headquarters had recently moved from Oakbrook to downtown Chicago, so we went to the West Loop and discovered the Hamburger University.
As German speakers, it made us laugh. The sign above the door literally means "University of Hamburg". I studied at the University of Hamburg in Germany ... ok, maybe only German speakers will get the joke....
Note: This blog is not intended as a promotion or recommendation for McDonald's.