These days, almost everyone has a camera in their pocket, and boy do we like to use it. Whether posting pictures of our dogs, avocado toast, or selfies in front of a colorful mural, who doesn’t love sharing the pix they take? There are approximately 80 million photos shared each day on Instagram, according to Brandwatch, and more than 40 billion images have been shared since the platform launched eight years ago. So yeah, we’re busy snapping and sharing photos.
And locally, that’s no different. Chicago has plenty of Instagrammable spots. The Bean, in Millennium Park just across the street from the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, may be one of the most frequently snapped spots. Beyond that though, so many restaurants, murals and other locales seem like they were designed for the Instagram age. So where should you plan to capture for your feed next? Check out these 12 spots next time you’re roaming around Chicago. Did we miss any of your favorites? Definitely let us know.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory
Why? With the rise in popularity of palm print wallpaper and furniture, why not go to the real thing? The Palm House bursts with fronds year round in the tropical greenhouse.
Chicago Cubs Marquee
Where: Wrigley Field
Why? Even before the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, the marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison was iconic. Now? Even more.
Where: The view from the Adler Planetarium or Promontory Point facing north, Montrose Point looking south or from atop the John Hancock tower looking north. So, basically every angle is pretty darn awe inspiring.
Why? Do we really need to answer this one?
Chicago Theatre Marquee
Where: Chicago Theatre on State Street
Why? The bright orange, yellow and red lights have beckoned theater goers for decades for everything from musicals to concerts to lectures.
People’s Gas Pavilion at the Nature Boardwalk
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo east of Café Brauer and the Farm in the Zoo
Why? This Studio Gang-designed hive-like looking passageway perfectly frames the Chicago skyline while blending in with its surrounding natural habitat where outdoor yoga sessions are also often held.
Where: Atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Why? With sweeping views overlooking Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, The Art Institute and down toward Grant Park and the Museum Campus, this is one of the best views anywhere in Chicago.
Big Walls Murals
Where: Wabash Arts Corridor in the Loop/South Loop
Why? A collection of local and international artists, including Don’t Fret, Shepard Fairey and Justus Roe, have painted stories-tall murals on the sides of many of the buildings along the street.
Where: The Rookery
Why? Designed by architect John Root in the late 1800s, the weaving, curving iron staircase is still a design marvel after all these years, especially when the light hits it just right.
Where: Throughout Pilsen on the South Side
Why? Colorful murals dot the neighborhood, often depicting Mexican-American scenes, heroes, icons and more.
Sky’s The Limit
Where: Below O’hare Airport’s United terminal connecting the B and C concourses
Why? This now-iconic neon light installation, created by Canadian artist Michael Hayden, was installed in 1987 and still delights people moving below it along the people mover with its flowing rainbow color scheme.