Looking for that perfect Chicago photo opp? Not to worry — with this roundup of must-see places to visit in Chicago, your selfie game will be on point. Get inspiration through our photography primer below, which is filled with 13 essential landmarks to capture.

We can't wait to see what you discover here in Chicago... colorful street art, mind-blowing food, stunning skylines. While you're at it, feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ChicagoHome.

The Bean in Millennium Park,Chicago

Cloud Gate (also known as "the Bean")

You'll recognize this one. It's the iconic, bean-shaped sculpture in Millennium Park that mirrors and distorts the surrounding Chicago skyline. When people see this selfie, they'll know you're in Chicago.

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline from the Adler Planetarium

With its prime vantage point on the edge of the Museum Campus, the stretch of Solidarity Drive between Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium boasts spectacular views of sparkling Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. 

The Chicago Theater

The Chicago Theatre marquee

This six-story marquee sign marks the spot for The Chicago Theatre, a historic venue that has been dazzling visitors and locals alike since 1921. Take your selfie at night, when the marquee is all lit up — preferably on your way to see an exciting performance by a big-name comedian or world-renowned musician.  

Public Art Chicago: The Picasso, Pablo Picasso (1967)

Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza

This massive cubist sculpture by Pablo Picasso was the first major piece of public artwork of its kind in downtown Chicago, and today, this Daley Plaza piece is a major landmark. Choose your selfie position — "The Picasso" looks quite different depending on where you stand.  

Wrigley Field Chicago

Wrigley Field Marquee

For sports fans, no trip to Chicago is complete without stopping by the beloved Wrigley Field. Snap a selfie in front of the iconic red and white marquee, and head inside to check out the latest Wrigley Field expansion and renovations, known as The 1060 Project.  

Buckingham Fountain Chicago

Buckingham Fountain

Take your selfie next to one of the largest water fountains in the world — Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, which features water shows every hour, from 8 am until 10 pm, from mid-April through mid-October.  

Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier Chicago

The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier

You have two choices here: you can either take a selfie from afar, with Navy Pier and its massive Ferris wheel in the background, or you can buy a ticket and take the ride, snapping a selfie from 150 feet up in the air.

 Maximo at The Field Musem

Máximo at The Field Museum

Head to The Field Museum, and snap a selfie with Máximo, the largest titanosaur - stretching 122 feet from head to tail, peeking behind your shoulder. 

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Skyline from Lincoln Park Zoo

Enjoy free admission to Lincoln Park Zoo, and while you're there, explore the Nature Boardwalk to spot birds and other wildlife. Bonus: as you stroll the Lester E. Fisher Bridge that crosses the South Pond (also known as the Nature Bridge), you can take in beautiful Chicago skyline views — the perfect backdrop for your selfie.

Art Institute of Chicago 

Lion Statues at Art Institute of Chicago

Strike a pose next to one of the two bronze lions at the Michigan Avenue entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago. These magnificent beasts by sculptor Edward Kemeys have been Chicago icons since 1893. 

Skydeck Chicago The Ledge

The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago

Looking for that "wow factor" for your next selfie? Snap a picture from The Ledge, where you can stand in a glass box overlooking the city from 1,353 feet up. It's an exhilarating view and a sure bet for an unmatched selfie.

Bronze Cow at Chicago Cultural Center

Cow outside the Chicago Cultural Center

In 1999, a public arts project took over Chicago, as a herd of fiberglass cows could be spotted throughout the city. Today, cuddle up to the bronze cow sculpture located outside the entrance to the Chicago Cultural Center, which was gifted to the city of Chicago "in gratitude for the support of the cows and other art in public places." 

Michael Jordan Statue at United Center Chicago

Michael Jordan Statue at United Center

Standing bronze and 12 feet tall is the Chicago Bulls legend and athlete that most consider "the greatest basketball player of all time", Michael Jordan. Take a photo next to this Hall of Famer and try to mirror his iconic pose.

Related Listings

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5300

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

United Center
1901 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 455-4000

The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300

Skydeck Chicago
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 875-9696

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-4200

Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000

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