Old McDonald’s HQ Will Get a Half-Billion Dollar Overhaul
May29

Old McDonald’s HQ Will Get a Half-Billion Dollar Overhaul

A $500 million redevelopment project would be big news in downtown Chicago. It’s even bigger news when it happens out in Oak Brook. Rendering of Oak Brook Commons (via Antunovich Associates) For over a year, Houston’s Hines has been wooing the west suburban village with plans for office space, retail space, a hotel, a few hundred new residences, and a shiny new park. After some modifications, yesterday the village board...

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The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down
Aug23

The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down

  The only thing as satisfying as watching a good building go up, is watching one come down. And that’s what’s happening over at 1058 West Washington Boulevard, where demolition crews are making quick work of Oprah Winfrey’s former personal town hall. The Harpo Studios demolition has become something of a very minor tourist attraction, with out-of-towners more than suggesting their hosts swing by the site for a...

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Dissecting What’s New at McDonald’s: Its Headquarters Building
Jun28

Dissecting What’s New at McDonald’s: Its Headquarters Building

If you were alive in the 1970’s, you probably remember the correct way to build a Big Mac for McDonald’s is “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”  But how do you construct a building for McDonald’s? That’s why we’re taking a closer look at the new McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters coming to 1058 West Washington Boulevard in West...

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Plans For New McDonald’s Headquarters Unwrapped
Jun23

Plans For New McDonald’s Headquarters Unwrapped

The McDevelopment of the month is McDonald’s Corporation’s announcement that it plans to move its headquarters from suburban Oak Brook to Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Adding even more pizazz to the headline: the specific location is Chicago’s treasured Harpo Studios, the former production location for The Oprah Winfrey Show at 1058 West Washington Boulevard. Tonight Sterling Bay, the developer who purchased the land...

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20 Years Later, Burger Backers Get Their Revenge in West Town
Jun02

20 Years Later, Burger Backers Get Their Revenge in West Town

Remember in 1996 when Oprah Winfrey told the world that concerns about disease, “stopped me cold from eating another hamburger?”  Beef prices plunged to a ten-year low, and cattle ranchers sued.  Oprah won the lawsuit on free speech grounds, but 20 years later, who’s having the last laugh?  Perhaps it’s the cattlemen, after all. That’s because the very building from which the queen of daytime gab put beef...

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