7 Instagram-Worthy Spots in the Chicago Suburbs

Jun 17, 2021

Check out these beautiful sights in the Chicago Suburbs to snap some pictures for your Instagram feed — no filter needed

Chicago might have Instagram-worthy backdrops like The Bean and the Willis Tower Skydeck, but the suburbs have equally incredible spots to snap a few no-filter-needed pics as you’re exploring. And, of course, after snapping your #suburban photos, be sure and take time to see, taste, and experience everything in these dynamic communities, from the parks and playgrounds to restaurants, beaches, downtowns, and more.

#1. Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden (Glencoe)

With winding paths, beautiful trees, and three islands, this lakeside garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden is ideal for Instagram photos. The garden was designed to look perfect in every season so, no matter when you visit, you’ll get a great picture. In the fall, you can fill your feed with yellow and orange leaves and after a snowfall, your followers will think you’ve escaped to a winter wonderland.

But the Japanese Garden is just the beginning. The 385-acre botanic garden is filled with incredible spots just waiting to be photographed. Check out the vibrant Rose Garden or lush English Oak Meadow, for starters. Then grab a drink or snack at the Garden Cafe — everything on the menu is made with fresh produce grown by students of the Botanic Garden’s school.

#2. The English Room Patio at The Deer Path Inn (Lake Forest)

Snag a table on the patio and get your camera ready. This English manor-style restaurant at the chic Deer Path Inn is almost begging to be photographed. Our advice? Plan to go for brunch so you can also post pictures of their Berry Bliss Belgian Waffles or Avocado Caprese Toast.

Once you finish your foodie photoshoot, make your way to the nearby Forest Park Beach for some waterfront fun. Let the kids go for a swim or take a stroll on the walking trail.

#3. Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Forest Ave (Oak Park)

Iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked in the Chicago suburbs. Take a detour from touring Oak Park to wander along Forest Ave where you can see a cluster of iconic Frank Lloyd Wright homes. You’ll get some great Instagram content just by snapping pictures of the unique exteriors, but if you happen to be in Oak Park during the annual Wright Plus Housewalk, don’t miss it. Residents open their homes for this festival to let visitors get a glimpse of the impressive interior designs.

After capturing the architecture in your feed, head to Downtown Oak Park for a meal at Cozy Corner or a treat at Firecakes Donuts. If you end up moving to Oak Park, be sure to keep an eye on Downtown’s event calendar for information about music festivals and holiday celebrations.

#4. Ravina Festival (Highland Park)

Looking to add some summer vibes to your Instagram feed? Make sure to put Ravina Park on your list. This spot is home to American’s oldest outdoor music festival and the lineup includes 140 events ranging from The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to John Legend. Picnics are encouraged and locals go all out with their spreads. Pack a blanket and pick up supplies at the nearby Trader Joes for your own photoshoot-worthy picnic.

For more Instagrammable summer fun, stop by the Ravina Brewing Company beer garden to enjoy craft beer and street tacos under the glittering string lights.

#5. Frida Kahlo: Timeless Exhibition at the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)

From June 5 – September 6, 2021, you’ll have the chance to experience legendary artist Frida Kahlo without leaving the Chicago suburbs. Visit the highly-anticipated exhibition at the College of DuPage to snap photos of 26 original Frida Kahlo works plus a few of her iconic dresses. The exhibit also includes a partial recreation of Frida’s Garden and a children’s area where kids can play and learn more about this renowned artist.

#6. Gillson Beach (Wilmette)

Gillson Park is a 60-acre lakefront oasis perfect for watersports, picnics and summertime Instagram photoshoots. Bringing your four-legged friend to the park? Head straight to the off-leash Dog Beach so your pup can run around while you snap some Insta-worthy shots.
When you need a break from the sun, make your way to one of the many nearby eateries for a treat. There’s Hewn for made-from-scratch pastries or Homer’s- an ice cream staple since 1935.

#7. Riverwalk (Naperville)

Join locals for a stroll along the brick-paved paths of the Riverwalk, also known as the “Crown Jewel of Naperville.” From shaded benches to scenic bridges to interesting sculptures, you’ll find plenty of picturesque spots to capture for your Instagram feed.

If you move to Naperville, don’t be surprised if you end up spending lots of time at the Riverwalk.

Between the Children’s Lunch Hour and outdoor concerts, there’s always something going on. Plus, it’s close to the popular Centennial Beach “swimming hole” where residents go to cool off in the summer. And if you need a bite to eat, you’re just a few minutes from the excellent eateries in Downtown Naperville.

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