Most Instagrammable Places in Chicago

Looking for the most instagrammable places in Chicago? I have put together a list of the best Chicago instagram spots where you can take photos that will make your friends jealous and get you tons of instagram likes.

Most Instagrammable Places in Chicago

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Instagrammable Chicago Attractions

Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park

The Bean, one of the most instagrammable places in Chicago

If you have seen photos of Chicago on instagram, chances are you have seen photos of Cloud Gate (which most people call The Bean), the famous mirrored sculpture in Millennium Park. On sunny day, you can see the reflection of the blue sky and surrounding buildings mirrorred on the Bean. If you visit Chicago in the fall, you can photograph the Bean with the surrounding colored leaves. During the Christmas holiday season, the City places a large Christmas tree nearby so you can visit both the Bean and the tree.

Tip:  Millennium Park is usually crowded (especially in the summer, fall and on weekends) so to avoid the crowds visit early in the morning or later in the day. You used to be able to take a lot of creative photos of people standing in front of Cloud Gate or even under it. There is now a fence surrounding the Bean so you cannot get up close at this time but it actually makes it easier to take photos of the Bean without people in your shot.

If you are traveling solo and want great photos, you can book a private tour with a photographer here for a personalized photo shoot.

Chicago Riverwalk

The Chicago Riverwalk is a famous attraction

The Chicago Riverwalk, a pedestrian promenade along the river, is another great photo spot in Chicago. You can take great photos of the Riverwalk from above from one of the streets crossing the river.

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower and what locals still call it) used to be the tallest building in the world from 1974 until 1998. You can enjoy great views from The Skydeck, its observatory on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (233 S Wacker Dr). For the best instagram photos head to The Ledge, glass balconies extending four feet outside the 103rd floor.

Tip:  The Skydeck Chicago gets crowded especially on weekends.  For fewer crowds visit right after it opens during midweek.



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360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) on the 94th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue (the building formerly known as the John Hancock Center) is another observatory with great panoramic views of Chicago.

The highlight is TILT an enclosed moving platform that tilts you out over Michigan Avenue.

Tip: 360 CHICAGO gets crowded especially on weekends (but is usually less crowded than the Skydeck).  For fewer crowds visit right after it opens during midweek.

READ: Best Chicago Photography Spots for more Chicago instagram and photo spots.

Instagrammable Walls and Murals in Chicago

Chicago has many instagrammable walls and murals but these are some of my favorites.

The Songbird Wall

The Songbird Wall in Chicago

Chicago has many colorful walls and murals that are great spots for instagram photos while wearing your #OOTD. One of the newest murals in Chicago is The Songbird Wall at 601 N. Wells Street in River North.  It replaced the famous pink flamingo wall in August, 2020 so if you visit soon you will be one of the first to take photos in front of this new mural.

Greetings From Chicago Mural



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This vintage postcard-inspired mural is the most popular and photographed mural in Chicago. The Greetings From Chicago Mural is a collaboration between muralist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs, a couple traveling full time out of their RV with a mission to paint a mural in every state in the USA. The mural can be found on an old plumbing supply building along the Blue Line el tracks, off the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Prindiville Street at 2226 N Milwaukee Ave, in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. If you enjoy tours, you can see the Greetings From Chicago Mural and other street art in Logan Square on this walking tour.

Wabash Arts Corridor

Moose Bubblegum Bubble by Jacob Watts one of the most famous street art murals in Chicago

Columbia College Chicago’s Wabash Arts Corridor has a large number of street art and murals. Its goal is to transform urban space through exceptional public art that is community-driven, inclusive & impactful. One of the most famous murals is “Moose Bubblegum Bubble” by Jacob Watts located at 33 E. Congress (South Wall).  You can sign up for a walking tour here.

The Atmospheric Wave Wall

The Atmospheric wave wall is a new permanent installation by Studio Olafur Eliasson on the exterior of Willis Tower. As explained in this instagram post, the dynamic pattern on the wall is activated by the motion of people walking, driving, or biking past; by the motion of the earth in relation to the sun as light moves across it; and by changes in the season and weather. The main tones used (blue, deep green, and white) are redolent of the surfaces of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

Instagrammable Chicago Restaurants

Cindy’s Rooftop


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Cindy’s rooftop restaurant is a great spot for instagram photos of the view overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Cindy’s is located at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel at 12 S Michigan Ave.
hours 11am to 1am (weekend opens at 10am)

LondonHouse Chicago


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LH Rooftop rooftop bar located on top of the LondonHouse Chicago hotel has great views of the river.

Kennedy Rooftop at Hyatt Place Wicker Park


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Kennedy Rooftop located atop the Hyatt Place Wicker Park has great skyline views of Chicago.

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