McDonald’s Chicago Flagship
Studio: Ross Barney Architects
Project: McDonald’s Chicago Flagship
Location: 10 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago Illinois, 60654 / USA
Category: Commercial and Mixed Use
Credit: Kendall McCaugherty, Hall+Merrick Photographers
he new McDonald’s Chicago Flagship site is a full city block, just steps off Michigan Avenue, occupied since 1983 by the iconic “Rock ‘n Roll” McDonalds that emphasized drive through services. The new design re-balances car-pedestrian traffic creating a city oasis where people can eat, drink and meet. Green space is expanded over 400%, producing a new park-like amenity for thedense city. A generous solar pergola visually unites the restaurant into a single volume. Beneath this “big roof”, indoor dining areas, contained in a pure glass box, are seamlessly connected to outdoor spaces. The new kitchen reuses the footprint and structure of the previous store and comprises a second concrete clad box. The dining room features a garden planted with ferns and white birch trees floating above a digital ordering “street”. From this vantage point guests can experience the landscape beyond and aboveand “tapestries” of living plants improve indoor air quality. On the adjacent kitchen roof, a row of harvestable apple trees can be seen through a clerestory window, telling a story about the future of urban farming and the utilization of often underused space. McDonald’s corporate commitment to sustainability is at the core of the new restaurant design. The structural system,Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), isthe first commercial use in Chicago and has a lighter environmental footprint than concrete and steel. The solar pergola capturesthe sun’s energy, supplying 60% of the buildings consumption needs. Permeable paving is usedonsite, to reduce storm water runoff and the heat island effect. The building is designed to achieve LEED Certification.