Where was the first of Ray Kroc's franchised McDonalds restaurants located?
Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise on April 15, 1955, in Des Plaines, Illinois. It wasn't the first restaurant opened (actually, it was the ninth one), it was the first Kroc's franchise. The original building was dismantled in 1984, but a replica was built later for the sake of history. Nowadays the McDonald's #1 Store Museum is situated there.