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Top 10 Places to Photograph in Chicago

Author: Libby - Printique by Adorama

Let’s head to the Midwest and the jewel in the crown for our virtual travels. If you are headed to the windy city, make sure to check out the top 10 places to photograph in Chicago. Here is our helpful guide.

Week Two – Chicago

1. Millennium Park

A. 201 East Randolph Street
Just this year, Millenium Park became the top tourist attraction in the Midwest. It’s located on more than 24 acres in the northwestern section of Grant Park. Some of the more significant attractions of the park include Cloud Gate, (aka The Bean) The Crown interactive water fountains and Wrigley Square. 

2. Navy Pier

B. 600 East Grand Avenue
Navy Pier is a pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It stretches for 3,300 feet and is in the Streeterville neighborhood. It was built in 1916. The iconic ferris wheel is the most recognizable attraction on the pier. You can find great shopping, dining, and family activities. You can also board tour boats to cruise around the city to learn more about Chicago’s history. Nearly 9 million visitors turn out every year to have fun at the pier.*

3. SkyDeck

C. 233 South Wacker Drive
Looking to get a great view of the Windy City? Check out the Skydeck at the Willis Tower. (formerly known as Sears Tower) It’s located on the 103rd floor. Now if you are truly adventurous, you can go out on its ledge.  The Ledge is a glass box that extends out from the Skydeck more than 4 feet and is about 1,300 feet in the air.

4. Magnificent Mile

D.  Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North Side
The Magnificent Mile is a stretch along Michigan Avenue in Chicago that is home to amazing shopping,  fantastic restaurants, and historic hotels. Landmarks along this stretch include Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower, and the Allerton Hotel.

5. Lake Shore Drive

E. The shoreline of Lake Michigan
Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one of the prettiest extended stretches of urban parkway in the United States.  It stretches for more than 15 miles and runs parallel to beaches, green space, and Lake Michigan. Some of the many attractions you can see along the drive include Lincoln Park, Soldier Field, and the Lakefront Trail.

6. Buckingham Fountain

F. 301 South Columbus Drive
Buckingham Fountain is in the middle of Grant Park and is one of the largest fountains in the world. It was built in 1927 and runs from April to October, with water shows and evening color-light shows. *

7. Wrigley Field

G. 1060 West Addison Street
Wrigley Field is located on the North side of Chicago and is home to the Chicago Cubs. It opened in 1914 and last year the Cubs won the World Series. You can click HERE to see the baseball schedule for the Cubs. Catching a game is a highlight of Chicago. Don’t forget to get the iconic shot of the front of the field with the bill board.

8. Riverwalk

H. Riverwalk 
The open air walkway stretches from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street. It expands for 9 blocks and offers tours, dining, and shopping.

9. John Hancock Center

I. 875 North Michigan Avenue
The John Hancock building hosts the 360 Chicago Observation deck on the 94th floor. On a clear day, you can sometimes see a distance of nearly 80 miles! It’s 100 stories high and was completed in 1969. *

10. Art Institue of Chicago

J. 111 South Michigan Avenue
The Art Institue was founded in 1897 and includes iconic work from Picasso, Hopper and Grant Wood. It is currently the second largest museum in the United States.* Its iconic lions that guard the building are a beloved part of the Magnificent Mile and are over 100 years old.

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*Information from the respected Wikipedia pages.