I know it’s currently so cold that you never want to think about leaving your apartment ever again, but I promise, spring is around the corner! In just a month (or two), Chicago will bloom beautiful again, and we’ll all be dying to spend as much time out in the sunshine as possible.
With spring and summer come the seasons of taking pictures, which Ollie and I tend to do a lot considering his profession. There are a lot of gorgeous places in the city, but here are the eight most “classic” Chicago pictures you can take.
1. The Bean
The Bean is relatively new to Chicago, but in its short eight years of existence, the sculpture has become one of the absolute go-to places for pictures in the city.
2. Adler Planetarium
I don’t necessarily mean snapping a picture of you under a dome of fake stars. Outside the Planetarium, you can turn around and get one of the most gorgeous images of the Chicago skyline.
3. Wrigley Field
Mark it on your calendars, the Cubs home opener is just over a month away on April 4th! Your collection of iconic Chicago pictures isn’t complete without a photo of you standing in front of the Wrigley Field marquee.
4. Sears Tower
OK, OK, so it’s technically called the Willis Tower now. But for Chicagoans, it will always be Sears. Get a picture of you leaning against glass that’s 108 stories up…
5. Art Institute of Chicago
Ferris Bueller made this one big, and there are so many options for photo taking. Take pictures inside in front of priceless works of art, or snap some outside on the steps in front of the stone lions who guard the beauty.
6. The Chicago Theatre
On State Street (that great street), you’ll find the beautiful Chicago Theatre, complete with its dazzling marquee. Nothing says “I’m in Chicago!” like your head right next to the word in flashing lights.
7. Navy Pier
The idea of that freezing lake is unbearable right now, but in a couple months it will warm up and nothing will keep you from North Beach. Get a picture in front of the blue while you stroll along Navy Pier, or maybe even take a picture when you’re up in the ferris wheel.
8. Hancock Observatory
It may not be as tall as the Sear Tower, but the John Hancock building is much better for viewing the city. And when you’re done, stop for a bite at the fabulous Signature Room at the 95th.