CHICAGO — McDonald's and its franchisees plan to spend $6 billion to modernize most of the chain's U.S. restaurants by 2020.
In Illinois, the investment is $317 million on the construction and modernization at 410 restaurants. Upgrades include modernized dining rooms, digital-order kiosks, remodeled counters, digital menus and expanded McCafé counters and new designated parking spots for curbside pick-up.
The company said most of the restaurants in Illinois would be undergoing work. A list of locations was not immediately available from the company.
"This is an exciting time for McDonald's and we're proud to be investing nearly $317 million to provide a new experience, look and feel for guests at 410 McDonald's locations across Illinois," said John De Carrier, Illinois McDonald's owner/operator, in a statement "We are also pleased that our modernization supports local architecture, engineering and construction jobs across the great state of Illinois."
The changes aren't limited to the front of the house. They're happening in the kitchen as well.
In the spring, McDonald's started serving fresh beef on their Quarter Pounders, which are cooked when ordered. The chain is now also using fresh-cracked eggs on McMuffins, chicken without antibiotics, sustainable fish in Filet-o-Fish sandwiches, and buns with no high-fructose corn syrup.