Instagram Spots in Chicago

Check out my guide to the best Instagram spots in Chicago!

1. Cloudgate aka “The Bean”

LOCATION: Millennium Park

The sculpture opened in 2004 and is now one of the most photographed spots in the city! I went in the early morning and the light reflecting off the sculpture as well as the skyline was just so pretty! Definitely a spot you want to get there early for if you don’t want to compete with other photographers.

girl sitting in front of the bean

The Bean, Millennium Park

2. Chicago Theatre 

LOCATION: City centre, North State Street, The Loop

There’s something about old school signs and lights that make them so photo worthy!  The iconic venue hosts events from sport and music to theatre and comedy.  I didn’t have time for a show but definitely had time for a photo!

girl standing outside Chicago theatre

Chicago theatre

3. Hampton Social

LOCATION: River North, 353 West Hubbard St.

A Hamptons themed bar and restaurant known for its’ “Rose all day” sign.  I had to go for the Frose in the summer heat!

Rose All day

Hampton Social

4. Beatnik

LOCATION: Westtown or The Loop

If you want to add some tropical vibes to your feed head to Beatnik. I went to the one in Westtown and did not want to leave! From the gorgeous interior, to the colourful food and drinks, this place won’t let you down. It actually did taste as good as it looks 🙂

5. Chicago’s First Lady River Cruise

LOCATION: Entrance at Northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive (look for blue awning)

The First Lady cruise was one of the first things I did in Chicago and it was a great way to start the trip. Seeing the city from the river gives a unique perspective and the docent was so full of information. There’s nothing like learning about a city while your floating by.

girl standing at side of boat

First Lady River Cruise


6. Sky Deck – The Ledge 

LOCATION: The Loop, Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr.

The Sky Deck Ledge experience was actually pretty scary. Even if you’re afraid of heights, you must grin and bear it for the pic!  This location tops it for Instagram spots in Chicago. Would you go out on the Ledge?

7. Michigan Street 

LOCATION: Lower Michigan Ave, across the river from the Wrigley Building

Most of the bridges going over the Chicago river are metal but if you walk to the side of Michigan street you will spot the stone section. It has a view of the river and a few of Chicago’s skyscrapers including the Wrigley Building over my right shoulder.

View over river in Chicago

Michigan Street

8. Cindy’s Rooftop

LOCATION: The Loop, 12 S Michigan Ave.

Cindy’s Rooftop is classic rooftop in the Athletic Association Hotel. Walk out on to their terrace for a sweeping view of Millennium Park.

Cheers cocktails at Cindy's Rooftop

Cheers at Cindy’s Rooftop

9. Garfield Park Conservatory

LOCATION: North Central Park Ave. and Lake St.

Check out thousands of plants and even a Moroccan Fountain at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This activity is donation based.

girl in a conservatory

Fern Room, Garfield Park Conservatory

10. Maison Marcel 

LOCATION: Lincoln Park, 2008 North Halsted

Maison Marcel has two locations, both which are adorable. This shot is at their takeaway window in Lincoln Park. Unfortunately, it was closed when I arrived. Make sure you check the business hours so your can actually try the coffee!


girl standing at to go window

Maison Marcel takeaway windows


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