Spend one day in this city and the photos rack up. Around every block lined with towering skyscrapers is something unexpected.
Setting the stage for the perfect backdrop, the only thing that could make pictures of Chicago sights and scenery any better is, well, you. Whether you filter or #nofilter, here are the best landmarks to take a selfie.
Lions at the Art Institute (Judy Sunvold, Concierge, Loyola University Chicago)
These one-of-a-kind statues have been guarding the Art Institute of Chicago since the building’s inaugural year back in 1894. So, channel your inner icon and strike a pose ‘cause a selfie with this pair is bound to be fierce.
Museum Campus Skyline View (Mary Skoubis, Concierge, Drake Hotel)
Museum Campus in Grant Park hosts some of the city’s — surprise, surprise — most notable museums. Look behind you and you’ll see the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History. But stare out towards the city for a skyline view too perfect not to ‘gram.
The Bean (Marcus Hollis, Concierge, Omni Chicago Hotel)
If there’s one landmark in Chicago that was made for selfies, it’s The Bean (aka Cloud Gate if you’re artsy). The entire sculpture is reflective so keep that camera facing forward and show your mirrored self off.
Buckingham Fountain (Morgan Jae Cohen, Concierge, Sofitel)
Near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway is a landmark you really can’t miss. One of the largest fountains in the world, Buckingham Fountain will keep your selfie flow in check during its spring and summer primetime.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo (Shannon Boland, Chef Concierge, LondonHouse)
The Nature Boardwalk is a little piece of paradise among pavement found at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Get your selfie timing and positioning just right and you’re sure to capture some urban critters in the “wild.”
Chicago Water Tower (Roxana Barszcz, Concierge, Hyatt Regency Chicago)
With shopping bags in hand, look up while walking down Michigan Ave. and you’re sure to see the Chicago Water Tower. Built in 1869, it’s the second-oldest water tower in the United States and is especially gorgeous when lit up at night.
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (Hope Heotis, Concierge, O’Hare Airport)
For a wheel-y good selfie (sorry, not sorry), make your way through Streeterville to the one and only Navy Pier. Keep your feet on the ground or ride to the top of their nearly 200-ft Ferris Wheel, and watch those “Likes” tally up.