Hamburger University

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Hamburger University
MottoLearning Today, Leading Tomorrow
TypeCorporate university
Established1961 (1961)
Location, ,
United States

41°50′18″N 87°56′51″W / 41.83833°N 87.94750°W / 41.83833; -87.94750Coordinates: 41°50′18″N 87°56′51″W / 41.83833°N 87.94750°W / 41.83833; -87.94750
CampusUrban, 80 acres (32 ha)
ColorsRed, White

Hamburger University is a 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) training facility of McDonald's, located in Chicago, Illinois. This corporate university was designed to instruct personnel employed by McDonald's in the various aspects of restaurant management. More than 80,000 restaurant managers, mid-managers and owner/operators have graduated from this university.[1]


Since its establishment, Hamburger University has been situated on an 80 acres (32 ha) campus. Restaurant employees receive approximately 32 hours of training in their first month with McDonald's and more than 5,000 students attend Hamburger University each year. Founder Ray Kroc oversaw lessons at its beginning. In 2011, about 275,000 people were recorded graduates from Hamburger University.

In 2016 McDonald's Corporation announced it would move its U.S. and world headquarters including Hamburger University from its long time home in Oak Brook to a newly built complex on property which formerly housed Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago.[2][3][4] Starting in 2017 McDonald's put up for sale or sold most of its Oak Brook campus.

Popular culture[edit]

Hamburger University was satirized in the 1986 comedy, Hamburger... The Motion Picture.[5] It was also spoofed by McDonald's itself in a commercial with Ronald McDonald in which several animatronic hamburgers were shown graduating from school.


  1. ^ "Hamburger University". McDonald's. 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  2. ^ McDonald's moving headquarters to downtown Chicago by 2018 (Retrieved from USA Today on 31 March 2018)
  3. ^ McDonald's to move HQ to Chicago as soon as 2018, source says (Retrieved from the Chicago Tribune on 31 March 2018)
  4. ^ McDonald's begins selling off Oak Brook property before headquarters move (Retrieved from the Chicago Tribune on 31 March 2018)
  5. ^ Hamburger - The Motion Picture at the British Film Institute