This will be of interest to travelers staying the Best Western River North (see my review):
Breakfast is not an amenity at that hotel but it's right across the street from one of the biggest and 3rd busiest McDonald's in the United States. Rock 'N Roll McDonald's is enormous: two levels that seat 300, a 2-lane drive-through, and state-of-the-art amenities including flat screens, sleek lounge seating, upscale coffee/pastry bar, green roof and free wifi. It even has a museum of rock-related relics. Yep, it's a McD for grownups but with the usual menu items the kiddies expect.
All of this comes at a price: it's a bit more expensive that your average Mickey D's and there's no $1 menu but it's still not a bad deal when compared to restaurant breakfasts. For as many bodies as they can move through this place it's spotless (or was on our morning visits) and counter service was reasonably quick. Take a glance at the fun exhibits of old Mcperiod-related memorabilia upstairs. Bonus? The people watching is a hoot.
Favorite Dish: I had fruit and maple oatmeal 5 days straight. It was good. How can you screw up oatmeal?
This is a HUGE place - 2 stories, with a gelato bar and McDonald's museum upstairs. The upstairs has a "loungy" feel, with black leather seating and cool views of the city streets. The museum houses old Happy Meal toys and photos and articles about McDonalds - it was actually pretty cool.
Favorite Dish: OK, it's a McDonald's, so you already know the food. A little more expensive than "regular" McDonald's locations (no $1 drinks, no $.25 chicken mcnuggets), but if you have a late night hankering for McD's, this is the place to come. Open 24-hours, and unbeatable for people watching. Seriously...
the largest mcdonald's store, this is different from the first mcdonalds founded by ray croc which is located a few blocks away and this is named Rock N Roll McDonalds. The restaurant/museum, located in the Near North Side community area (neighborhood) of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States a few city blocks west of the Magnificent Mile, has been a tourist attraction since it opened in 1983. The site has a Rock & Roll exhibit in a building adjacent to the restaurant and a small upstairs McDonald's museum display. The restaurant has a maximum occupancy of 300, which is about three times the standard patron capacityThe building features the first two-lane McDonald's drive-through, relatively luxurious decor, a cafe, plasma display flat screen televisions and a green roof. The south (rear) half of the upstairs portion has a series of displays of McDonald's paraphernalia. Much of it is arranged by decade going back to the 1950s when McDonald's first opened and is accompanied by pop culture artifacts. Downstairs there is a section on the first floor entitled "Chicago Firsts," featuring events and organizations that originated in Chicago.
Favorite Dish: what else but the assorted mcdonald products of which all of you know the price heheheh, they also have lots of Mcdonalds memorabilia on sale at the museum but i did not buy since I'm not a McDonalds fan.
While I was shopping at CVS picking up batteries, I asked the lady if there was a good place for breakfast nearby. She suggested one a block over and a block up but couldn't remember the name of the place but assured me it was the only place nearby that served breakfast this early in the morning.
Perhaps she didn't want to offend me or perhaps she liked playing a joke on the tourist but it turned out to be a McDonald's! Actually, I later discovered Lou Mitchell's, a long-standing diner I breakfasted at this past trip (May 2009); that may have been what she meant.
I ended up having a conversation with an elderly gentleman who pretty much told me his life story! It was a great way to kill a half hour and I didn't have to run down my cell phone battery playing Tetris.
During trips with Mr. Connolly & Ian-meister, I took photos of the Rock & Roll McDonald's with its HUGE arches!
Favorite Dish: Well, since it was early and I was hungry AND I knew I could order up a breakfast that wouldn't break my low-carb diet, I stayed and had breakfast (eggs w/cheese & sausage, coffee with Equal & cream, if you must know)!
Photos: May 2009 & May 14, 2008
It doesn't take a lot to explain how the food is at the huge McDonald's downtown as it is the exact same as every other. The size and atmosphere are worth the sight as it is a lot different than any other McDonald's I've seen. Escalators, plasma televisions, and leather couches fill up the two story fast food restaurant, which makes it a sight to see. It's a good experience for a McDonald's. If you happen to be around the area, stop in and see this unique McDonald's, but I wouldn't pay for a meal as there is to many other good restaurants in Chicago.
Favorite Dish: If I had to pick, I would say the Chicken Selects, but my favorite thing here is all the neat things in the building.
Chicago McDonalds decked out with $2000 designer furniture.
Favorite Dish: Everything was a little bit with added sugar so I cannot really say which dish was my favorite. I prefer not salty and with deffinately no added sugar where not nessecary. Perhaps milk shake was very very tasty.