The West Loop's Most Instagrammable Places, Presented by Gateway West Loop
By Stephen Ostrowski | December 10, 2015 |
Replete with museum-quality street art, #eeeats options, and wide, panorama-for-days boulevards, the West Loop is a shutterbug’s utopia. Save your fatigued Marina City and Cloud Gate pics and up your Instagram game by posting from the following focal points.
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For the impossibly privileged, there’s Airbnb-ing a chateau in the northeast of France; for the pragmatist, there’s Green Street’s cushy bubbly bar. Snag a fireside table, fix your flute against the flames, and filter accordingly while the Likes pour in like Ruinart Rosé. 116 N. Green St., 312-243-1199
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The menu alone at Sangamon Street’s spacious haunt is worth the #foodporn post (looking at you, petite wedge), but the art-embellished walls are the major muse. Pro tip: Hyperlapse their recurring live art series, 5 x 5, to see a work come together in supersonic speed (only for the steady of hand). 311 N. Sangamon St., 312-733-6900
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Here, perfection comes from just a simple point-and-shoot: Snap to the west as the sun sets and you’ll get a Rothko-caliber confluence of ethereal evening hues fading into a perfectly symmetrical vanishing point (no, really, it does look like a Rothko). Face the east and you’ll get a postcard-ready, unrestricted view of the skyline that screams “Greetings from Chicago.” Yes, it’s getting cold—but that’s what the fire pit is for. 11 S. Green St., 877-661-5701
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If you caught #fomo from not being able to attend skipping Art Basel, rest assured that the work at Kavi Gupta Gallery is just as trendy as anything on South Beach (or Michigan Avenue, for that matter). Showcasing the artists you always knew (or pretended to know) but were too afraid to toss into conversation, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. White walls, cool art, can’t lose. 835 W. Washington Blvd., 312-432-0708
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What looks like a Pixar storyboard willed into existence is actually the outsized facade to Windy City-based design studio Big Monster Toys. While the snarling, encased ogre looks menacing, he’s purely ornamental—so get cirque du silly with the jumbo doorknob for the most acrobatic pose (it’s ok—we’ve tried it). 21 S. Racine Ave.
Your photo quality need not be impeccable—since Au Cheval doesn’t accept reservations, gramming from there is a badge of honor to your followers that you simply got yourself through the door. But for the aesthetically discerning, we recommend a low-angle shot (like this) to reiterate the towering tastiness of the poly-patty creation. 800 W. Randolph St., 312-929-4580