Do you want to wow your friends with Instagram-worthy photos on your next trip to the Windy City? Check out our list of the 10 most Instagrammable places in Chicago!


1. “Cloud Gate”

Chicago cloud gate bean

Perhaps the most Instagrammable place in Chicago, “Cloud Gate” is an iconic sculpture located in Millennium Park. Also known as “The Bean,” its reflective material makes it perfect for fun and goofy photos.


2. Chicago River

Chicago River

Image via Flickr by NoiseCollusion

The river that bears the city’s name runs through the heart of downtown and is the perfect place to take in the beautiful architecture of the city. For a really fun way to learn more about Chicago’s architecture, we recommend an evening boat tour with Shoreline Sightseeing. It was one of the highlights of our visit.


3. Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham fountain in Chicago

Image via Flickr by Giuseppe Milo

One of the largest fountains in the world, this popular Chicago landmark is located in Grant Park. An extra special feature of this fountain is the water display that starts at the top of every hour. After dusk, lights and music accompany the water display, making it perfect for an Instagram Story!


4. Navy Pier

Chicago Navy Pier

There are a lot of Instagram-worthy spots along Navy Pier. Our favorite, however, is the Ferris wheel.


5. Chicago Theater

Chicago Theater sign

Image via Flickr by Keith Yahl

The Chicago Theater has been dazzling visitors since the 1920s with its bright lights and grandeur. The vertical “CHICAGO” sign that hangs outside is nearly six stories high and is not to be missed!


6. Willis Tower

Skydeck at Willis Tower

Formerly known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower is famous for its amazing views and its glass balcony that extends 4 feet outside the 103rd floor, or about 1,353 feet in the air. We recommend getting tickets ahead of time. Lines will be long, but the views make the wait worthwhile. You’ll definitely get some epic Instagram photos!


7. Field Museum

Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex in Chicago

Image via Flickr by Jon Mountjoy

Want a selfie with Sue? She’s the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. Remember to smile; Sue has 58 large and very sharp pearly whites!


8. Lincoln Park Zoo

giraffe at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

This zoo is huge, and it’s free to visit. It’s also a perfect place in Chicago for Instagram Stories. Try to plan your visit around the daily activities. The zoo has feedings and training sessions throughout the day that are cool to watch.


9. Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium

Image via Flickr by MrGuilt

Visit the first planetarium in the U.S. and take pictures that your friends will think are out of this world!


10. Downtown Skyline

Chicago downtown skyline at sunset

The Chicago skyline is gorgeous, especially at sunset. There are a few places you can go to get an Instagrammable photo, but we took ours from the end of the Navy Pier.


If this is your first visit to Chicago, here are some tips you may find useful:

  • – If you’re trying to save money on a hotel, we recommend staying a bit outside of the downtown area.
  • – Chicago is a very walkable city, and you can easily use public transportation or take an Uber to reach anything outside of walking distance.
  • – There is a lot of great food in Chicago, but pizza is king! Two of the most famous deep dish pizzerias are Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. Photos of your pizza will undoubtedly make your friends totally jelly!


Have you been to Chicago? Are there any other Instagram-worthy landmarks in Chicago that you’d recommend?


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Want to wow your friends with Instagram-worthy photos of the Windy City? Check out our list of the 10 most Instagrammable places in Chicago!