DES PLAINES, Ill. — No trip to Des Plaines would be complete without a stop at Ray Kroc's first McDonald's store, which opened in 1955. These days, this outpost is only a museum, complete with mannequins dressed up as servers with aprons and paper hats. For people who arrive with a craving for food, not history, there is an actual McDonald's in operation right across the street.
Earlier this year, I visited the first Burger King. (Sort of.) Wendy's, you're next!