Summer Bucket List: Top Things To Do In Chicago

Instagram has always been a way to vicariously explore the world through my phone, and it’s become one of my favorite ways to discover the best food, drinks and places to try in my own city. This summer, I decided to nix my traditional bucket list and opt for a different way to discover the top things to do in Chicago by following a few of my favorite Instagrammers around town. If you’re a native Chicagoan (or just here for a visit!) here are the places you should see, and of course, ‘gram!

1. Wake up and smell the coffee

Kick off your weekend adventures right with your favorite cup of Chicago coffee. There are so many amazing places to visit, and I adore Heritage Bikes and Coffee (below), Intelligencia, Floriole for their coffee (and Instagrammable spaces!)


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2. Sweeten the deal

Donuts on donuts on donuts! Chicago boasts some pretty delicious donut shops, from Stan’s (below) to Glazed and Infused, to the classic Donut Vault. Believe me when I say, they’re all delicious and worth all the calories (just think of the pictures you’ll take too!)


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3) Revive and Refresh

After all those donuts (no shame) you’ll probably want to throw back a juice or two. Owen and Alchemy are a local Chicago juciery that makes the tastiest juices in the prettiest packaging. Take a few snaps in their storefront, or bring some juices home to get extra creative.

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4) Discover vintage treasures

While I always love searching through mountains of vintage goodies, sometimes you just want to have someone else to help curate the prettiest pieces for you. Lost Girl’s vintage (who also have an amazing Instagram account!) is a favorite Chicago vintage store, and totally Instagrammable.


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5) Sweet as pie

Because clearly you can never have too many sweets in my book, pie is the perfect summer pick-me-up while you’re out adventuring. Try Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits for a sweet brunch (and Instagram photo too!)


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