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McDonald’s Will Establish New Innovation Center at West Loop HQ

McDonald’s Corporation will establish an innovation center, Speedee Labs, at its global headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The new facility will bring teams from McDonald’s corporate office and the existing Innovation Center in Romeoville, IL. 

The new facility will utilize a combination of McDonald’s existing footprint at 110 N. Carpenter St. and an additional 15,000 square feet in leased space within the same building. Speedee Labs is expecting a phased opening to begin in the second half of 2023, when the Romeoville team will relocate to the West Loop. 

“Just as the creation of McDonald’s Customer Experience team brought key aspects of our business strategy together, the creation of Speedee Labs will enable more of our customers, restaurant teams, markets and global teams to contribute to our innovation, while driving growth and creating more seamless and memorable McDonald’s experiences,” said Manu Steijaert, McDonald’s chief customer officer. 


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