The Most Instagrammable Places In Chicago

16 of the Most Instagrammable Places In Chicago From A Local

16 of the Most Instagrammable Places In Chicago From A Local

Your Instagram aesthetic will be taken to another level with some of the most Instagrammable places in Chicago. From hotels to murals, to restaurants, to main attractions, to under the radar locations, and more as your backdrop. These enchanting and culture-filled spots will definitely get you to influencer status while you’re busy making experiences and memories.

Cloudgate "The Bean"

The Bean is one of the most popular spots to get photographed in Chicago. The sculpture has been there since 2004. If you would like to get a great shot, make sure to go early in the morning- the reflection of the light with the skyline’s backdrop would make for a breathtaking photograph.

The most instagrammable places in chicago

Chicago Board of Trade Building

For a dramatic photo op, go to the Loop on the weekend or during the week after working hours to experience a human desert.

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Sky Deck Ledge at Willis Tower

This is probably the most instagramable place in Chicago. You will definitely have to conquer your fear of heights for this one- you’re going to be 1450 feet up on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and on clear glass! Just don’t look down, and be prepared to grin and bear it for the camera.

Museum Campus

The Museum Campus spreads over 57 acres and is home to some of the most popular museums in Chicago, including the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. With its stunning lakefront location and Chicago’s skyline as the backdrop, it makes for the ultimate Instagram-worthy location.

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Arts Club Café

The Arts Club Café has a breathtaking chandelier made of crystal, a beautiful fountain, and elegant furniture in shades of grey. You can enjoy a meal here and take some snaps for the gram.

The most instagrammable places in chicago

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Chicago Theatre

 Old school never gets old; their lights and signs definitely make them one to be photo-worthy. Chicago Theatre is an iconic place that hosts events that include theatre, music, comedy, and sport. Enjoy a show if you have time, or just take some photos for the gram!

Chicago Cultural Center

If you’re a history and book lover, you must go to the Chicago Cultural Center. This place is every photographer’s dream. Around the Tiffany dome on the ceiling, you’ll find the names of famous authors.

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The Hampton Social

You’ve probably seen the neon Rosé All Day sign at one point or another on Instagram, which is what this nautical-themed restaurant is famous for. Their cocktail and food options are also worth trying.

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Palmer House

The ceiling in the lobby was painted by Louis Pierre Rigal, a French artist. What’s even more fascinating is the fact that this magnificent hotel was an engagement gift by a Chicago businessman to his fiancé. Palmer House has been in operation since 1873.

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Chinatown is definitely the place with never-ending photo opportunities. The culture is contagious; the architecture is authentic- it will feel like you’re really in China.

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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

This is a serene prairie-style place filled with lily pads and frogs; you might even see artists painting there too. The hidden garden and waterfall are of unmatched beauty. There is also a diverse amount of native plantings. 

Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Conservancy

Flamingo Rum Club

There is a painting outside of the Flamingo Rum Club with a sea-green background and candy-pink flamingos. The painting is larger than life-size. Flamingo Rum Club has a green and pink interior to match. There are many photo ops here.

Chicago's First Lady River Cruise on Chicago River

Experiencing Chicago from the river gives you a different perspective, and it’s educational as well. Not only will you get some awesome photo opportunities, but you’ll also learn something new and broaden your knowledge.

Buckingham Fountain

The fountain has a beautiful backdrop of Chicago’s skyline, which becomes even more magical in the evenings when the different colored lights are illuminated in the fountain. You’ll feel the mist on your skin thanks to the gentle breeze. 

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What better way to make art than making The Art Institute of Chicago your canvas. You’ll find some of the most magnificent paintings, including Van Gogh, Monet, Seurat, and Renoir. There’s also the Modern Wing that’s designed by Renzo Piano- the collections found here include works by Pollock, Matisse, Dalí, Picasso, and Chagall.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest found in the nation. It’s home to plants from all over the world that live under the crystal-glass roofed greenhouse. The landscape architect that designed the greenhouse is called Jens Jensen. There are outdoor gardens that spread over ten acres.

Where do you like to take pictures in Chicago? Tell me in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out my blog post on 18 OF THE BEST HIKING TRAILS IN ILLINOIS FROM A LOCAL

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