Visit the first McDonald's in Des Plaines

  • Visitors can learn about the first McDonald's restaurant ever franchised by the corporation in 1955 and tour the museum that stands in its place on Lee Street in Des Plaines as part of a History Center presentation Monday, June 27.

    Visitors can learn about the first McDonald's restaurant ever franchised by the corporation in 1955 and tour the museum that stands in its place on Lee Street in Des Plaines as part of a History Center presentation Monday, June 27. Daily Herald File Photo/Gilbert Boucher

 
 
Updated 6/16/2011 3:38 PM

Relive the history of the first McDonald's restaurant, which launched one of the world's most powerful fast-food brands, with the Des Plaines History Center's "Time to Dine!" presentation this month on the history of the McDonald's Corporation.

The family-friendly event, to be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the History Center, is open to the public. The presentation will be given by Michael Bullington, an archivist for the McDonald's Corporation, followed by a tour of the original McDonald's restaurant -- now a museum -- on Lee Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Participants will have the opportunity to share their own McDonald's memories about working with the restaurant group or experiences shared with family and friends.

The History Center has offered Historic Adventure programs since October 2009. Center volunteers Janet C. Thompson and William G. Grice III coordinate day-trips, outings, dinners, and occasional "in-house" programs of local or historic interest.

Upcoming Historic Adventures include an architectural presentation of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River on July 27, a day trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sept. 9, and "Vinyl Night," two evenings in October for participants to bring and play their old 45 rpm and 33 rpm records inside the Kinder House.

Registration is required for the June 27 Historic Adventure. The cost is $5 for adults, while children 12 years and under may attend free. Space is limited.

For information or to register, call (847) 391-5399 or stop by the History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines.