Last year, McDonald’s Hamburger University celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 1961, the first Hamburger University met in a basement of a McDonald’s restaurant. Its first class of 15 students would graduate from this training center. Today, in a beautiful park-like setting in Oak Brook, IL and in locations worldwide, more than 5,000 restaurant managers, mid-managers and owner/operators graduate annually.
Today, Hamburger U is a 130,000-foot facility complete with auditoriums, teaching rooms, interactive team rooms, kitchen labs, and state-of-the-art service training labs. Beyond its campus in Chicago, Hamburger University’s Global Learning Approach allows training materials and tools to be integrated into different languages and cultures.