If you’re anything like us, you love finding the newest & cutest spots around town that are packed full of photo opportunities. Today we’ll be sharing a few of our favorites in our Chicago Instagram Guide: Part 1! 

 Summer House Santa Monica


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Summer House Santa Monica is our go-to lunch spot! When I say we’re regulars, I mean we’re regulars.

While it’s located in Lincoln Park, the moment you walk through the front door, you feel like you’re in southern California. The airy & breezy atmosphere instantly transports you to the west coast! The hanging plants & twinkle lights draped across the restaurant make for the perfect photo opportunity.

Their fresh salads & yummy poké bowls always do the trick! & if you feel like grabbing a sweet treat, their cookies topped with rice krispies & ice cream will definitely do the trick.


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Mahalo is a modern Hawaiian restaurant located in the heart of Wicker Park. The ambiance throughout the space will instantly make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation! The two-story space and large rooftop deck is packed full of wallpapered walls, neon signs, and tropical decor that is perfect for any Instagram feed.

The island feel is carried throughout the space and into the menu. Their tropical drinks are a must when visiting!

Cindy’s Rooftop

Cindy’s Rooftop, located in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, has one of the best views in the city! Their patio overlooks the picture-perfect Millennium Park (home of the infamous ‘bean’) & Lake Michigan.

It’s the perfect spot to stop by for a quick drink, but also has a great event space perfect for various parties and occasions.

The Hampton Social

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The Hampton Social is our go-to brunch spot. The simple, nautical decor is any East Coaster’s dream!

With a menu packed full of fresh seafood dishes & an impressive drink menu, this place can’t be beat.

P.S. The Hampton Social is also the home of the infamous ‘Rose All Day’ neon sign plastered across Instagram!


What are some of your favorite Instagrammable spots in the city?

Until Next Time,
Team Soiree