McDonald's just opened a new restaurant that looks like an Apple Store — and it reveals a blueprint for the future of the fast-food giant

  • McDonald's opened a new flagship store in Chicago that looks more like an Apple Store than a fast-food restaurant.

  • The restaurant features table service, ordering kiosks, and more than 70 trees inside the building.

  • While not every McDonald's will look like the Chicago mega-store, the flagship restaurant reveals some major clues about the future of the fast-food chain.

McDonald's newest restaurant is making a bold statement about the future of the chain.

On Thursday, McDonald's is opening a new flagship restaurant in Chicago. It's a glassy 19,000-square-foot building that looks more like an Apple store than a fast-food restaurant — and that's exactly what the company intended.

"We are proud to open the doors to this flagship restaurant which symbolizes how we are building a better McDonald’s for our customers and the communities where they live," McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement.

Here's what it looks like to take a glimpse inside:

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