When you are moving to a new city, your friends will be dying to see how you are doing. They will want to hear all you have to say about your new residence – and most will also be lurking on your Instagram to spot some nice, snazzy photos too. This is especially true when you are moving to Chicago or a similar place. The Windy City is full of amazing and famous spots that people will expect you to visit and that they want to hear about. So, why not sate their curiosity and get to know your new city at the same time? You can easily do it by finding the most instagrammable spots in Chicago. Read this article, and you will know what to visit when exploring the city – and making some breathtaking photos while you are at it.
Make sure you stop by Cloud Gate at Millennium park
One of the most famous landmarks of Chicago is the Millennium park – and more precisely, Cloud Gate. It is a public sculpture that opened in 2004, made by Sir Anish Kapoor, and sits at the center of AT&T Plaza. Due to its shape, you will usually hear people call it The Bean. It is made up of 168 stainless steel plates with no visible seams between them, and it an amazingly polished surface. The main inspiration for the Bean was liquid mercury and the way it can play with light.
This means that the light reflecting off the Bean makes everything look so pretty. You can also see the skyline reflected inside of it, and this means you can take some outstanding photos in front of the sculpture. However, this means that, after saying goodbye to residential movers Chicago, you should try to get there as early as possible. It attracts many photographers – but the best results are early in the morning. Other than posing in front of it, you can also take a walk around and under the Gate’s 12-foot high arch. Underneath, you can also take some stunning mirror selfies, since the sculpture plays with reflections and distorts them.
The history of the Bean is quite interesting. It was the result of a design competition, and it raised many technological concerns. People were worried about its construction and assembly, as well as how Chicago was to maintain it. Many experts tried to give many solutions, but most failed. Therefore, the construction was late, and the incomplete form was unveiled when the Millennium Park was opened in 2004. Afterward, it was concealed until its completion in 2006.
You cannot skip Chicago Theatre when looking for the most instagrammable spots in Chicago
If you like retro films and photography, then you should go to the Chicago Theatre. Here at US Moving experts, we believe old school signs make some amazing photos, and this venue is just the place to take them. Its original name is the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre and was the flagship for the B&K group of theaters. Its life started in 1921, and it was one of the main theaters in the city from 1925 to 1945.
Due to its looks, the building is a part of the National Register of Historic Places since June 6, 1979. It is a Chicago Landmark since January 28, 1983. People often call its marquee an emblem of the city and show it frequently on television and in various artwork forms. Therefore, there is no better place to show people you are in Chicago than this theatre.
However, it’s not only one of the most instagrammable spots in Chicago. It also serves as an amazing venue that we highly recommend visiting when looking for things to do in Chicago. There are sports events and music ones too, together with comedy, speeches, magic shows – and of course, plays. Basically, it is one of the top places to spend an evening in the city
Take note – due to the coronavirus pandemic, many shows were canceled or postponed. We highly recommend you visit the theatre, but do not go in there blindly. Instead, inform yourself about what’s on schedule, and how to get your tickets online. This way, you will be able to organize your visit safely – and you will still have an amazing evening.
Test your bravery at the Skydeck
The Skydeck is another one of those memorable Chicago places that you see on almost everyone’s Instagram feed. The only difference is that you need to be brave to take a photo here. Skydeck is the name of the observation deck in the Willis Tower (Sears Tower until 2009), a 110-story, almost 1,500-foot tall Chicago skyscraper. In 1973, when it was open, it was the tallest building in the world. It held this title for almost 25 years.
You will find Skydeck on the 103rd floor. It started accepting guests on June 22, 1974, and it is 1,353 feet up in the sky. Climbing up on the Skydeck will give you an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, but you can see much further. When the weather is clear, you can see over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan all the way to surrounding states. However, just like other tourist attractions, you might need to compete with people or get in line to take your photo. This is because around 1.7 million people visit the Skydeck each year.
What makes Skydeck one of the most instagrammable spots in Chicago? Well, it is the installation of retractable glass balconies. They protrude around 4 feet from the facade of the building. Their name is “The Ledge,” and they let you see the street below through their glass floor. Stepping into one is exhilarating, and is a must-visit place for all your Instagram needs.