A Rare Hamburger Headquarters

It is probably the tallest office building in the world built on the profits from hamburgers. But that is not all. When the executives of McDonald's Corp. abandoned their Chicago Loop offices for a new eight-story building in suburban Oak Brook, they also left behind their traditional concepts of office layout. As a result, McDonald's Oak Brook headquarters, opened last March, has a minimum of interior doors and walls, no offices in the usual sense, and what may well be the only waterbed in the world of big business.

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