25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

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Whether you’re an Instagram influencer or not, you’ll enjoy the fun food presentation and chic decor at these 25 Instagrammable restaurants, bars, and cafes in Chicago. Not only does the food taste good at these 25 spots, but it also looks good – sometimes a little too good that you don’t even want to eat it for fear of ruining the presentation. Whether you’re looking for aesthetically pleasing interior design, fun outdoor murals, or unique food presentation, you’ll find something you like in this list of the 25 most Instagrammable restaurants, bars, and cafes in Chicago.

1. 3 Arts Club Cafe

One of the most talked about and sought after restaurants in Chicago, 3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware has gorgeous furniture and sparkling chandeliers in a greenhouse-esque room that offers beautiful natural lighting during the day. This is any photographer’s dream, but plan ahead and be prepared to wait a couple of hours for a table.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

2. Hampton Social

Hampton Social is famous for its frosé and, with that, its bright pink “Rosé all day” sign. There are also hanging rope chairs and other lightly colored furniture that make you feel like you’re on a beach, even in the dead of winter.

3. Beatnik

Beatnik is one of a few restaurants that made both our list of the best restaurants in Chicago as well as our list of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Chicago. With an eclectic mix of jungle decor and antique, luxury furniture, you won’t be able to resist taking a few photos of this unique space.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

4. Beach House Social

Visiting Chicago in the winter? During a polar vortex? Escape to Beach House Social and forget for a couple of hours that you chose to travel to a place with subzero temps.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

5. Summer House Santa Monica

Sticking with the theme of escaping the cold, another option if you’ve landed in Chicago at the wrong time is to go to Summer House Santa Monica, where the plants and California vibes will make you forget (albeit temporarily) where you are. The glass ceilings provide the perfect amount of lighting for the perfect #nofilter photos.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

6. The Allis

The rustic-posh vibe at the Allis is perfect for an afternoon tea and crumpets backdrop. Try to get seated at this large couch for some of the coziest shots.

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25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

7. Revival Food Hall

Revival does food and ambiance equally well, so it’s no surprise customers voted it the best food hall in Chicago.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

8. Imperial Lamian

Imperial Lamian is known for its soup dumplings – but not just any ordinary soup dumpling. The soup dumplings here are multi-colored, the perfect setting for a fun and unique photo.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

9. The Flamingo Rum Club

It’s not so much the interior of The Flamingo Rum Club we’re after as much as the exterior. You don’t even have to eat here to get a fun photo with the huge pink flamingo on the outside facade of the restaurant (but you should).

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

10. Eden

Another restaurant with an appealing exterior facade, Eden goes for a more nature-filled ambiance to help you forget for a minute that you’re actually surrounded by skyscrapers, not trees.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

11. Yuzu

Yuzu also made our list of the best restaurants in Chicago, and that’s because the chefs there put as much attention into aesthetic as it does taste. The sushi platters at Yuzu are decorated beautifully, and you’ll have a hard time resisting the urge to bust out the iPhone for a quick photo before diving in.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

12. Cindy’s Rooftop

It’s no surprise to me that Cindy’s was named one of the best rooftops in the U.S. With a direct and close view of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Grant Park, and the Bean, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better view of Chicago than at Cindy’s.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

13. Paradise Park

Beautifully decorated patios are hard to come by in Chicago because who wants to invest that much money into something you can only use for half the year? Apparently Paradise Park does. Even this pup recognized the opportunity for awesome IG content here.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

14. Heritage Bicycles

With a cool, modern-rustic interior and a large “Greetings from Chicago” sign on its exterior, Heritage is the perfect place to get a coffee, get your bike fixed, and get some photos that will make people wishing their bikes needed fixing, too.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

15. Sawada Coffee

The owner of Sawada is a latte art expert, so if you’re looking for some beautiful coffee pics, Sawada is the place to be.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

16. Maison Marcel

You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Paris as soon as you step foot in Maison Marcel. Stylish + cozy = Maison Marcel.

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25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

17. 3 Dots and a Dash

With the weather on the colder side most of the year, Chicago probably isn’t the first place you think of when you think tiki bar. Luckily, you are wrong because 3 Dots and a Dash is in our city, and you’ll feel super tropical and extra at this hidden basement tiki bar.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

18. Lost Lake

Another tiki bar that made our list, Lost Lake is a lot more relaxed and calm compared to 3 Dots and a Dash, so if you’re looking for more chill and less heat (but you obviously still want cool pics of tropical drinks), Lost Lake is the place for you.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

19. I|O Godfrey

This upscale hotel has one of the most beautiful retractable rooftops, which means you can enjoy drinks on the roof year round. In the winter, the rooftop is transformed into a winter wonderland, with private bubble igloos for rent if you want to really go all out and impress your guests. Instagrammable rating: 12/10.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

20. Homeslice

The outdoor patio at Homeslice is newly redone and looks better than ever, with clever signage and a converted Airstream for your private parties.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

21. Parlor Pizza

You’re an angel about sticking to your diet most of the time, but now you can wear your wings even while downing pizzas and beers! This pup knows what’s up.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

22. Green Street Smoked Meats

Is there any pic that shouts strong, independent woman more than this? The BBQ at Green Street is no joke, and the rustic farmhouse decor is the perfect complement for your most aggressive food pics.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

23. Bombo Bar

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll want to pay close attention to the next few spots. Just be warned that you will absolutely get a sugar high followed by a hard crash after downing one of these bombos, but at least you’ll die happy.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

24. Aha Crepe

Have you heard of rolled ice cream? Gone are the days of chunky scoops, and here to stay are the finely crafted, thin slices of ice cream that trick you into thinking you’re ingesting fewer calories than you really are.

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago

25. La Michoacana Premium Pilsen

La Michoacana is the perfect summer photo spot! There is so much color, fun, and creativity in every dessert that you won’t be able to resist squeezing in a quick photoshoot before everything melts!

25 Most Instagrammable Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Chicago


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21 Responses
  1. Wow there are so many beautiful restaurants and cafes in Chicago! I love how so many places have huge windows and let in natural light. The tiki bars look especially fun but everywhere looks like a good pick for a fun atmosphere. Chicago looks like such an interesting city, I think I will need to add it to my USA wishlist!

  2. So many beautiful places, and they’re all definitely instagram worthy aha! Lots of them looks perfect for spring and summer season. If I ever visit Chicago I will make sure to visit some of those places!

  3. Ahh, you had me at coffee and a tiki bar. GREAT roundup. Looks like there are so many incredible places to visit in Chicago. Can I ask which one was your fave?

    1. Oh gosh that’s so hard because I love all of these places so much. A few of my staples that I find myself at a lot though are Green Street, The Allis, and Beatnik.

  4. So much fun! I didn’t know so many beautiful restaurants were in Chicago! As much as I would love the beautiful street art, I think the roof-top restaurant takes the cake.

  5. Wow, I’m not an Instagram influencer but it seems hard not to take a picture on a place like this. These places looks so beautiful and since they offer great food, I cannot resist.

  6. Omg where to start, they all look amazing!!! I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. As soon as I saw the cocktails at Dots and a Dash and the sweet sugary goodness at La Michoacana and Bombo Bar, I was like, I need to book a trip there asap!

  7. Jean

    Oh so many amazing Insta worthy places in Chicago! I’d love to explore more of the BeatNik café. Those tiles are mesmerising.

  8. I didn’t know Chicago had such a cool bar and cafe scene! How do you even choose which to visit first? I would definitely have to go to Summer House Santa Monica for the Californian vibes though!

  9. I love that these bars all offer a unique glimpse into Chicago’s ever-changing, vibrant culture and atmosphere. You have everything from tiki bars and bars that boast the beach vibe to lounges that are decadent and outfitted in leather. I love that there is even a western vibe with the barbecue joint. A great round of bars and restaurants that I would definitely love to splurge on and enjoy the aesthetic on and off Instagram, ha! 😉

  10. So many beautiful places!! Wow, I have been to Chicago several times and have never been to any of these places. I will have to make it a point to go to AT LEAST The Allis and Paradise Park.. Those two are my kind of places!

  11. Most of the places really look like design goals! I especially love Arts Club Cafe and The Allis! Hope to visit Chicago soon!

    Have a nice weekend!
    Anna

  12. In my case, I really love going to cafes! So I really had fun reading this post! The pictures are great and I think the places are so nice, too! It seems that nowadays instagrammable cafes are becoming a hit!

  13. Jane Dempster-Smith

    Looks like I have to spend 25 days in Chicago. As this is an excellent resource I would need to try one each of the 25 days I would spend in Chicago as I just can’t make my mind up on where to start first. I haven’t visited Chicago but it is now high on my list.

  14. As a lover of all things antique, my most fav in this list is Beatnik.
    Eden and Flamingo Rum Club would follow this closely. I’d not stop clicking pictures here in front of those fabulous murals.

  15. Chloe

    This is AMAZING!! It’s kind of crazy to think we live in a world now where good food isn’t enough, the place now also has to be instagram worthy. These restaurants all look so amazing!

  16. So many beautiful places to eat and drink at in Chicago! I will fly there just for the soup dumplings at Imperial Lamian. I have not seen such colorful dumplings besides the restaurant in Taiwan!

  17. This is very timely. We’re visiting Chicago next month for a wedding and can’t wait to tour around. My sister has been mentioning about Bombo Bar and Beatnik. Your post just made me more excited about the trip.

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