If your Instagram is cluttered with amateur picstitches and embarrassing #TBTs, it’s time to follow these Chicagoan ‘grammers and add some inspiration to your feed. Here, 11 local Instagram accounts you’ll want to hit “heart” on.
Serdar Ozturk—@trashhand—documents his exotic travels via Instagram.
@trashhand: Chicago-based photographer Serdar Ozturk navigates the concrete jungle—as well as the actual jungle, savannah, and more in exotic spots like Maasai and Tanzania—with an eye for beauty. His almost 300,000 followers are proof that his photos appeal to everyone.
Paul Octavious captioned this photo, simply, “Queenie.”
@pauloctavious: With close to a half million followers, photographer Paul Octavious is our most followed pick. For every caught-in-the-moment snap, he has a half-dozen photos that are staged or doctored in some way—but nonetheless artistic and meaningful.
#OOTD (OUTFIT OF THE DAY):
Jenna von Zielbauer’s outfit of the day on January 15, 2014.
@jennazielbauer: Von Z Boutique owner Jenna von Zielbauer—and her French bulldog, Rambo—even braved the freezing winter climes to bring style snaps to Chicago followers.
Helen Berkun’s outfit of the day on January 22, 2014.
@helen_berkun: Being both a stylist and a photographer lends itself well to fashion Instagramming, as Chicagoan Helen Berkun well knows. Bonus: even her learning-to-cook photos are bold and colorful.
FASHION AND BEAUTY:
@shannicat gave followers a cat-eye tutorial for Valentine’s Day.
@shannicat: Stunningly beautiful makeup artist Shannon O’Brien offers DIY tutorials based on what her followers are most curious about—how to do a sultry cat-eye, how to fill in brows—as well as makeup brand recommendations and, of course, the occasional hilarious photo from her enviable life.
Corri McFadden announced the gender of her baby (it’s a girl!) via Instagram.
@corrimcfadden: A local fashion phenom, it’s no surprise that eDrop-Off owner Corri McFadden is one of our must-follow picks. But with a couple of big events on the horizon—a wedding this summer and baby on the way (she’s already chronicling baby bump fashion)—we can’t wait to see what she comes up with this year.
Reel Club’s take on ramen noodles.
@lettuceentertainyou: The Instagram account for the eponymous Chicago restaurant group is full of photogenic foods from dozens of Melman-owned spots, from Bub City to L2O to the brand new Summer House Santa Monica.
Bacon-wrapped dates from Kurah.
@chicagofoodauthority: Food blogger Samantha Roby makes every meal look, well, good enough to eat. From donuts at Glazed & Infused to mussels at Dusek’s, she documents it all.
The Tiffany dome inside the Chicago Cultural Center.
@jmharch: It wouldn’t be a Chicago round-up without an homage to architecture, and who better to document it than an architect? Jeremy Hinton’s mostly black-and-white Instagram shots make us re-appreciate the structures and buildings we take for granted in the city.
Behind-the-scenes at Glossed & Found’s Valentine’s Day photo shoot.
@glossedandfound: Half personal pics from creative director D. Graham Kostic’s impossibly photogenic life, and half behind-the-scenes snaps from the making of Glossed & Found’s fun fashion and beauty features, this Instagram offers creative inspiration at every turn.
The barrel room at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.
@goodbeerhunting: Michael Kiser takes his more than 6,000 followers on tours of breweries in Chicago and elsewhere, behind-the-scenes at tastings and launch events, and, of course, right into the foamy glass of a new brew.