McDonald’s Corp.’s new restaurant kiosks are part ATM, colorful as a video game and central to the chain’s efforts to sell its food faster and fresher.

After tests in Denver and Raleigh, N.C., the kiosks have made their first Illinois appearance in St. Charles, at the McDonald’s at Illinois Highway 64 and Smith Road near the Charlestowne Mall.

With four touch-screen devices mounted on the counters, customers entering the store can see right away that this place is different.

The touch screens display every item McDonald’s offers, allowing customers to place their orders and pay at the terminal in a system that the restaurant chain hopes will deliver faster and more customized food.

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