Sleek McDonald's with solar panels and floating glass garden opens in Chicago

The elegant 19,000-square-foot restaurant had a private opening on Wednesday for the grand reopening

An iconic McDonald's vintage of Rock-N-Roll in Chicago has been modernized, opening its new doors to the public on Thursday.

The elegant 19,000-square-foot restaurant had a private opening on Wednesday for the grand reopening, with President and CEO Steve Easterbrook participating in the celebration of River North.

The iconic location, which has been stable in the city since 1983, now includes a floating glass garden filled with white ferns and birches. Another 70 types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant, reports CBS Chicago.

The elegant 19,000-square-foot restaurant had a private opening on Wednesday for the grand reopening

The elegant 19,000-square-foot restaurant had a private opening on Wednesday for the grand reopening

The iconic location has been stable in the city since 1983 and was known for its vintage decor Rock-N-Roll

The iconic location has been stable in the city since 1983 and was known for its vintage decor Rock-N-Roll

The iconic location has been stable in the city since 1983 and was known for its vintage decor Rock-N-Roll

Also included in the remodeling 1,000 solar panels located on the roof.

Touchscreen kiosks now fill the McDonald's, with 27-foot windows that provide plenty of natural light inside.

Not included in the store: a "Play Place", Ronald McDonald, Grimace or the Hamburglar.

42nd District Councilman Brendan Reilly considered the new design a good move for the neighborhood.

Now it includes a floating glass garden filled with ferns and white birches. 70 other types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant

Now it includes a floating glass garden filled with ferns and white birches. 70 other types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant

Now it includes a floating glass garden filled with ferns and white birches. 70 other types of trees and shrubs also fill the restaurant

"I think Rock N & # 39; Roll McDonalds served a brand role, and I think this is a symbol of their commitment to sustainability and to those practices that advance as a company," Reilly said. (This is about) looking more towards modernization, the use of technology and ecological sustainability & # 39;

McDonald's plans to update most of its 14,000 locations in the US. UU By 2020 through its "Experience of the Future" initiative.

For Susan Morrow, a member of the River North Residents Association, the return of McDonald's after being closed for 13 months is a sigh of relief.

"This is a new generation of McDonald's that we are very excited to see, we believe that the outdoor space will be amazing," Morrow said.

"It's something that we needed in the neighborhood, it gives the neighborhood a luminosity and brightness that we did not have before."

McDonald's plans to update most of its 14,000 locations in the US. UU By 2020 through your initiative & # 39; Experience of the Future & # 39;

McDonald's plans to update most of its 14,000 locations in the US. UU By 2020 through your initiative & # 39; Experience of the Future & # 39;

McDonald's plans to update most of its 14,000 locations in the US. UU By 2020 through your initiative & # 39; Experience of the Future & # 39;

It is said that the store has a completely different feel, with its construction in steel and wood that offers a much greener environment.

"I really appreciated the Rock N 'Roll theme, but that's kind of a retrospective on what made McDonald's great," said Nick Karavites, owner of the location.

"So I love it, but I'm much more excited about what we have here now, and I think once the community and the tourists and everyone visits, they will appreciate this even more than we had before. & # 39;

Karavites has 100 staff members and plans to hire another 50, adding that the kiosks did not force him to reduce his staffing.

Those who were cashiers will find that they can now do other roles.

It is said that the store has a completely different feel, with its steel and wood construction that offers a much greener environment.

It is said that the store has a completely different feel, with its steel and wood construction that offers a much greener environment.

It is said that the store has a completely different feel, with its steel and wood construction that offers a much greener environment.

The location of Chicago is very important for Easterbrook, calling the city the "heartbeat" of the chain's international brand.

"We have emblematic iconic restaurants from all over the world, but I would say that since Chicago is the heart of not only our business in the US but also our global business, we are here in the global flagship restaurant," said Easterbrook.

The new structure no longer offers a second floor, but still maintains the functionality of 24 hours a day that made the previous version so popular.

The new structure no longer offers a second floor, but still maintains the functionality of 24 hours a day that made the previous version so popular

The new structure no longer offers a second floor, but still maintains the functionality of 24 hours a day that made the previous version so popular

The new structure no longer offers a second floor, but still maintains the functionality of 24 hours a day that made the previous version so popular

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