- McDonald’s is leaving its longtime headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, this spring.
- The fast-food giant’s more than 100 acres of land in the Chicago suburb is one site that has been proposed for Amazon’s second headquarters project, called HQ2.
- Business Insider visited the headquarters and saw why McDonald’s soon-to-be-abandoned campus could be a good fit for Amazon.
Amazon has a long list of demands for its new headquarters. Beyond finding the perfect city, the e-commerce giant needs to find a site with up to eight million square feet of space, a good quality of life, and easy access to an international airport.
Fortunately for Amazon, there’s another industry giant abandoning its headquarters just as Amazon is searching for a second home: McDonald’s.
The fast-food chain is moving its headquarters from Chicago suburb Oak Brook, Illinois, to the city proper in the first half of 2018. And, it wants Amazon to take over its soon-to-be abandoned campus.
I recently had a chance to visit McDonald’s headquarters — and saw why the property could be the perfect fit for Amazon.
McDonald’s headquarters are located in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Brook.
McDonald’s campus is located about 20 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and roughly half an hour from downtown Chicago.
McDonald’s campus is located in a woodsy area with two ponds, boxed in by a country club and sports fields.
McDonald’s actually owns some of the sports fields, with a youth soccer league using it for practices and games, according to The Chicago Tribune.
McDonald’s campus is roughly 74 acres. It’s a sizable patch of land containing two small lakes, a walking path, hotel, office buildings, and employee-training site Hamburger University.
In sum, McDonald’s owns about 150 acres of land in Oak Brook, which could be packaged together in a deal for another super-sized company like Amazon.