You know they say that you haven’t been somewhere unless you take a selfie to document it, right? Well, Chicago has no shortage of photo-worthy places to strike a pose. From world-famous attractions to colorful street art and mouth-watering food, there are so many vibrant visuals that you won’t mind having on your camera roll. Here are a few places to visit that are Instagram-worthy—just don’t forget #Chicago so everyone can see!
Day or night, The Chicago Theatre downtown is hands-down a must for selfies. Why? Well, no need to tag your location with the bright red, six-foot marquee letting everyone know the location. Apart from making a good backdrop, the historic venue, which has been welcoming audiences since 1921, is a good place to watch a concert, standup comedy and other shows from some of the biggest names in show business.
Art lovers who want a shot with a Picasso should make their way to Daley Plaza. Unofficially known as “The Picasso,” the massive, untitled Cubist sculpture by the Spanish master adds an interesting aesthetic to any photograph. At Millennium Park, which happens to be the most visited destination in the Midwest, “Cloud Gate,” does exceptionally well, as the ultimate selfie-backdrop. The futuristic-looking shiny work of steel by British artist Anish Kapoor attracts plenty of photo-snappers keen on capturing the cool reflection of the cityscape.
Within walking distance, the Art Institute of Chicago is a prized place with two majestic lion sculptures always camera-ready. During the year, the two African lion sculptures are decked out to honor hometown teams as well as to get in the festive spirit for the holidays.
If it’s the Chicago skyline that you’re after, there is a great angle from the Adler Planetarium on Solidarity Drive close to the Shedd Aquarium, both part of the area known as Museum Campus. Along with the soaring skyscrapers, Lake Michigan is also visible from this vantage point.
Nothing shouts fun more than a cool pic with a Ferris wheel. Whether it’s standing below or sitting high above at nearly 200 feet, or even better with the fireworks bursting in the background, the Navy Pier Centennial Wheel has become a go-to for the perfect shot. Nostalgic baseball fans have Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, a popular destination for smiling sports fans since it first opened in 1914. Today, people love to stand right in front of the red and white marquee and snap a selfie to preserve their memories.