Harpo Studios Demolished to Make Way for McDonald's HQ - NBC Chicago

Harpo Studios Demolished to Make Way for McDonald's HQ

Harpo Studios was home to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from 1990 until it went off the air in 2011.

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    Sky 5: Harpo Studios Demolished in Chicago's West Loop

    The former home of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is being demolished in Chicago. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016)

    Oprah Winfrey's iconic Harpo Studios in Chicago's West Loop is now a pile of rubble.

    Demolition crews continued to level the building this week to make room for McDonald's new corporate headquarters. Harpo was home to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from 1990 until it went off the air in 2011.

    Previously based in Oak Brook, McDonald's is expected to relocate to Chicago by spring 2018.

    The fast food chain's approximately 2,000 employees will move into a 300,000 square foot office space built on the location of the former Oprah Winfrey Show production site.

    Chicago-based real estate developer Sterling Bay bought the Harpo Studios facility in 2014 for $30.5 million. Winfrey closed the studio in 2015 and was completely empty by April of this year, the Chicago Tribune reports

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