Today’s society is so photo and social media driven, everyone wants to get that one great shot while they’re on vacation. I’m guilty you guys, I’m sure you are too and that’s ok! I love documenting all aspects of my life including vacations so when headed to Chicago I searched everything from things to do, see, eat and of course some of the must see spots to snap a photo at. No matter what neighborhood you’re in, Chicago has some of the most picturesque spots and I’m here to round them all up for you. Be sure to follow along on the adventures at @anniegpyle.
Let’s start with the obvious. I think it’s impossible to go to Chicago without getting at least one picture at The Bean. Go early, I mean really early if you want a photo with no one around. The photo below was taken around 9am if that tells you anything. Tip: Head to Cindy’s Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel for an amazing view of The Bean and Millennium Park.
The Hampton Social
One of the top most instagrammed spots, the Hampton Social is the place to go to grab a few photos while also enjoying drinks and lunch.
Inside the Willis Tower is the Skydeck. Another one of those places that first time visitors to Chicago automatically go to. It can get pretty busy so get there early if you can.
Not only are the doughnuts gigantic and delicious, but this place is screaming for a photo to be taken. The outside is so fun and the inside is nothing I’ve ever seen before, especially from a doughnut shop.
Chicago and pizza. Two words that you’re bound to hear quite a bit on any trip to Chicago. Homeslice is a great little spot to relax and indulge in one of life’s greatest foods, pizza.
3 Arts Cafe in Restoration Hardware
One of those hidden little treasures I would’ve never known about if a friend hadn’t recommended it. The wait to eat can get insanely long, but you can always opt to grab a drink from the bar and roam the 5 stories of dreamy home furniture.
Something I didn’t know Chicago had so many of, murals. And really great ones at that. There are so many, a few of my favorites are below. You can also search the #chicagomurals hashtag on Instagram to find more.
The Flamingo Wall is located on the outside of The Flamingo Rum Club building at 601 North Wells Street.
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The moose photo can be found in the Wabash Art Corridor at 33 East Congress.
The Greetings From Chicago wall can be found at 2226 North Milwaukee Avenue.
A delicious pizza spot that also has the cutest patio space? Count me in! Parlor Pizza Bar has two locations, one in West Loop and one in Wicker Park. You can’t go wrong with either.
The Allis at Soho House is the ultimate swoon-worthy spot. Cozy up in one of their vintage style chairs with a cup of coffee and snap a few great photos.