A McDonald's restaurant in Encinitas, California, Sept. 9, 2014. Reuters

McDonald's Corp. is moving its corporate headquarters to the former campus of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios in downtown Chicago.

The Oak Brook, Illinois-based fast-food giant said Monday that it signed a lease at 1045 W. Randolph Street in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood and plans to move there by the spring of 2018.

The move marks a return to Chicago, where McDonald's was headquartered from 1955 to 1971.

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"We are a brand on the move in more ways than one," said McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook.

"Moving our headquarters to Chicago is another significant step in our journey to build a better McDonald's,” he added. “This world-class environment will continue to drive business momentum by getting us even closer to customers, encouraging innovation and ensuring great talent is excited about where they work."

The new headquarters will also house Hamburger University, one of seven worldwide locations that provides a learning center for the company's future leaders and employees.

Reuters contributed to this story.