19 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Chicago

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

I couldn’t be happier that I decided to book a last-minute trip to Chicago a couple weeks ago. I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life, but this was my first time traveling to the Windy City and my time there certainly didn’t disappoint. Even though I was only in Chicago for a super quick two days, I was really able to dive in and explore the city’s unique architecture, food scene, and some of Chicago’s most well-known landmarks. From shopping on the Magnificent Mile to watching the sunset over Chicago to tasting the city’s famous cuisine, I just barely began to scratch the surface of all that Chicago has to offer. My spontaneous trip only made me more excited for a return trip to Chicago to dive even farther into the city’s culture, stunning architecture, and vibrant neighborhoods. Here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago on your next vacation!

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Chicago Theatre Sign

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Chicago River

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Millennium Park

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Cloud Gate or better known as “The Bean”

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Skyline from Millennium Park

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Downtown Chicago

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Lou Malnati’s famous Chicago deep dish pizza

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

View of Chicago from the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Downtown Chicago from the Signature Lounge on the 96th Floor

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Touch a piece of Antarctica all the way in Chicago. Pieces of monuments and buildings from around the world are built into the base of the Chicago Tribune.

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Chicago skyline at sunset from Lake Michigan

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

View looking down the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave)

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Maggie Daley Park

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Lunch at Cantina Laredo in the River North neighborhood

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Chicago skyline

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

An example of Chicago’s incredible architecture

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Corn Cobs of the Midwest

From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!

Claude Monet’s Series ‘Stacks of Wheat’ on display at the Art Institute of Chicago

Have you been to Chicago? Do these photos inspire you to plan a trip to visit Chicago? Tell me your favorite Chicago photo or what you want to see the most when you visit Chicago – leave a comment below!

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From the iconic bean to sky high views of the city to world-class shopping, here are 19 photos to inspire you to visit Chicago this year!