Chicago’s 6th Gift to the World

It’s the season of giving and here at Chicago MetroBlogging, we wouldn’t want to disappoint. But that’s the problem with gifts: what might be a perfect gift for someone could be another person’s worst nightmare. So in the spirit of gifts that cut both ways, I give you Chicago’s 6th Gift to the World: McDonald’s.

McDonalds may trace it’s humble beginnings to California, and the McDonald brothers, but it was the man, Ray Kroc who took McDonald’s and turned it into a global fast-food empire.

From humble beginnings with his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Kroc’s empire now spans the globe, with outposts in 120 countries, serving 54 Million people crappy food everyday. Truly, a gift to the world, even if it might not be the size or color you wanted.

McDonalds. The gift that keeps on giving, be it gas, girth, or gastronomic nightmares.

4 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    Also, I’ve heard that the Rock ‘n Roll McDonalds in Chicago was the inspiration for Wesley Willis’ classic hit “Rock n Roll McDonalds”.

  2. Artemis (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    That it was. The old Rock n Roll McDonald’s, anyway.

  3. Dave! (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Rock over London, Rock on Chicago!

  4. Steph (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    Dear Chicago,
    I’m just a little disappointed in your gifts this year. It’s almost like you’re that rich aunt that gives you that really cheap sweater with a hole in it from Wal-Mart instead of that one you were really coveting from Nordstrom.

    In short: Chicago, you held out on us. There is so much history in that town and you gave us bad hair days? The grid system? McDonalds? Where’s the Ferris Wheel? The 1893 Worlds’ Fair (arguably the best)? The 1919 World Series?

    I’m just hoping you’re just holding out for next year.

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