Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's gets major makeover, loses music theme

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's beloved Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's is ditching its music theme in favor of a more modern, eco-friendly look.

The River North restaurant known for its collection of pop culture memorabilia officially shut its doors on December 30.

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Construction is now underway on the two-story restaurant at 600 North Clark Street, which is expected to open to the public this spring.

Renderings released Tuesday of the 19,000-square-foot restaurant showcase its environmentally-friendly design constructed of steel and wood timber.

New features include: abundant green space with a vegetated roof space and floating garden, a pedestrian-centric space with outdoor seating and a park area, solar panels and energy efficient appliances, and an enhanced McCafe.

The restaurant promises to be more customer-centric as well, with self-order kiosks, table service and mobile order and payment options.

Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects, which designed the Chicago Riverwalk, is behind the project.
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