McDonald's corporate headquarters near Chicago looks like a ghost town.
On the site where fast-food workers planned a wage protest Wednesday, McDonald's confirmed the closing of its headquarters, which was to be the demonstrators' focal point.
"The building where the protestors told the police they were visiting is the building the police advised us to close in advance for security and traffic purposes," said McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb.
Steve Mills, who operates a remote truck for CNN, confirmed that the parking lot at McDonald's headquarters was empty except for about "5 cars."
The organizers said they moved their protest to a nearby intersection. Jennifer Goelz, a CNN producer, says there were 300 people gathered on a soccer field in the area. They were waiting to march to another corporate location in Oak Brook, the Chicago suburb where McDonald's is based.
Organizers said they expect a crowd of more than 2,000, including 120 McDonald's workers, employees from other fast-food companies, clergy and community leaders to assemble there,