Step Inside The Building Where McDonald’s Runs Its Global Empire

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We visited McDonald’s global headquarters in Oak Brook, Il., to see how the fast food behemoth handles its business.The huge campus includes office buildings, a Hyatt hotel, and Hamburger University.

The main office building, called the C.O.B. — for Campus Office Building — is the mothership of McDonald’s.

Disclosure: McDonald’s provided travel and accommodations for the trip.

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