First look: McDonald’s new West Loop HQ

McDonald's new headquarters on Randolph Street in Fulton Market. Photo by Manuel Martinez

Nearly two years to the day after Crain’s reported that McDonald’s was moving its headquarters downtown, the burger giant unveiled its shiny new West Loop digs to a crowd of media, executives and politicians including Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The 490,000-square-foot, nine-story building, which takes up the entire city block along Randolph Street between Carpenter and Abderdeen streets, features mostly open workspace with colorful seating, a dramatic three-story interior staircase and lots of outdoor terraces. Some 2,000 corporate employees who work for both U.S. and global operations are now fully in place after a monthlong transition from McDonald’s longtime Oak Brook campus.