Last time I was in Chicago, I was 10 years old and I don’t remember much from then. I guess back then, Chicago Bulls, the sears tower were the things I was interested on so, that what I saw.
This time was completely different. I went for work, but flew in a couple days before to explore a bit of the city. I had heard a lot of great things about it, like the unique situation of the city facing lake Michigan.
I always scroll through the different Instagram profiles of each place I go, like @igerschicago, @visitchicago or @chicago, so I can grab some ideas of what cool shots I could take.
Although, some shots were ok, I found lots of drone shots that captured Chicago’s skyline and all those tall buildings. Unfortunately, I don’t own a drone, mainly cause I haven’t saved enough money for that XD.
Okay, enough chit chat, in this post I will show you, what in my opinion, are the best photo spots in Chicago. Off course, you will always find some more or new ones, so I recommend you let me know, in the comments, which ones are these for you!!
1. Chicago Theatre
This amusing Chicago Theatre is probably one the most famous landmarks in Chicago. This place was built in 1921 and during the 50’s and the 60’s it was one of the top theatres in the US.
I had a rainy day as you can see, but still, the light of the street, the busy traffic & the shops made this place unique.
I had to stop the traffic several times to take this photo 🙂
2. Millennium Park
Millenium Park is a public park located in the Chicago Loop area, close to the lake shore of Lake Michigan.
This park has 2 beautiful sites to photograph: The tulip gardens and the Moon Bean.
At the north entrance of the park, you will find this type of mini garden with lots of tulip flowers and at the end, you can even see the infinity of the street. I found it amazing
The Moon Bean or formerly known as The Cloud Gate, is a unique sculpture by Sir Anish Kapoor (searched the wikipedia, I had no clue a minute a go haha).
It is pretty hard to get a shot without people, but i recommend you either wake up at 4 am or just tilt your camera angle towards the sky, like I did.
3. Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs Baseball stadium
Hey! I’m not really a Baseball fan, but in the US you have to go to a ball game if you have the chance. The ambient is so festive, you will enjoy!
This is the second oldest baseball fields in the US, after my beloved Fenway Park from the Boston Red Sox!
I found this place very inspiring and there are some awesome photos outside with the crowd.
4. Bay Area
Chicago has a very big Bay area as the city is facing lake Michigan with a huge lake shore, sea shore? not sure what’s correct.
If you go there during sunset, on a sunny day, I guarantee you will see one of the best city sunsets in your life!
Unluckily, I had a very cloudy day and you can only see Chicago’s skyline in contrast. But hey, you need to take pictures when you need to take pictures 🙂
5. Chicago’s famous Bridges
Chicago has numerous bridges crossing the river. This has become a recognizable site in Chicago.
I really recommend you find a tall building around, like The London House Hotel by Hilton. Up there you will be able to see all 5 bridges lined up being stared by huge apartment buildings.
This is it on this post! I’m sure I may have missed some spots, so please please, leave me a comment about your favorite spots in Chicago and I will be able to check them out next time I go there!!
In case you want to know, all my photos were edited on-the-go with my LIGHTROOM PRESETS FOR MOBILE
It is so easy to use these preset filters with the free Lightroom App that you won’t have to waste much time to get those groovy tones going on your images!!
Check out my feed to see the results!! @ACECOOLTURE
See you on the next post guys!!