Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Chicago
Written by Laura Hatch
In a vibrant city like Chicago, it’s hard to narrow the list of Instagrammable spots down to just 10. We’ve done our best, so get ready to inspire some Insta-jealousy by posting these perfect Chicago pics!
1. Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park
The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world, and it certainly belongs in your IG feed. Perched near the shore of Lake Michigan, it’s an official Chicago landmark. It’s also part of the reason Grant Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., usually from May to mid-October. Water displays start at the top of each hour throughout the day. The final display at night includes lights and music.
2. The Flamingo Mural, Flamingo Rum Club
Nothing says “Instagram feed” quite like a hot pink flamingo. It’s hard to beat the Flamingo mural outside the Flamingo Rum Club at 601 North Wells St. Once you’ve snapped your selfie, head inside this River North bar for flaming cocktails (also Insta-worthy) and the cabaret show.
3. Cloud Gate (The Bean), Millennium Park
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the Bean (official name: Cloud Gate) on this list. You’ll find the mercury-inspired reflective sculpture inside Millennium Park. Since its completion in 2006, it’s become one of Chicago’s best known and most photographed attractions.
4. Greetings From Chicago Mural, Logan Square
This mural is one in a series across the U.S. that honors classic vacation postcards. Each letter includes a photo of a famous Chicago symbol, including a deep-dish pizza and logos of the city’s sports teams. Update it by posting your own digital postcard, with love from the Windy City.
5. Wrigley Field
Speaking of sports, the iconic marquee at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs) has been greeting fans since 1934. This is the gotta-have-it-on-IG ballpark picture for any self-respecting Cubs fan.
6. Birthplace of Walt Disney
While this quaint little house doesn’t seem that Instagram worthy, it’s the birthplace of Walt Disney. This historic building was recently restored, so it is a must-have insta for any Mickey fan.
- Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower
This is the perfect spot to get that shot of you walking on air, high above the tiny people on the street below. The Ledge at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is a glass balcony more than 1,300 feet in the air. You and your Instagram followers can see as many as four states.
8. Palm House at Garfield Park Conservatory
The Conservatory boasts so many Instagrammable spots, but this is one of the best. Your Instagram fans will thank you for this escape to a tropical paradise.
9. Oriel Staircase at the Rookery Building
The Oriel staircase spirals from the second to 12th floors of the Rookery Building at the corner of LaSalle and Adams. You can get pictures of this unique architectural feature during tours of the building. Tours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
9. 3 Arts Club Cafe
This gorgeous cafe sits in the courtyard of the Restoration Hardware store in the Gold Coast neighborhood. It’s a tree-filled atrium with a stunning chandelier, fountain and plenty of natural light. The picture-perfect food gets great reviews as well.
10. Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
It’s an Instagram spot and an ecosystem all in one! This oasis in the city reflects the Midwestern prairie ecosystem and attracts lots of wildlife. Best bets for Instagram pics: catch the city skyline reflected in the pond, or frame it with the wood and fiberglass pavilion.
Whether you live here or are just visiting, it doesn’t take long to see why Chicago offers such a great quality of life. Now you’ve got some suggestions for flaunting it for your followers all over Instagram.
Laura Hatch is a television and radio reporter with a passion for traveling. When she’s not reporting on the latest news story, she’s off photographing wonders around the country.