If you’ve been to Chicago, then you’ve experienced first hand how gorgeous the city is. The combination of the blue waters of Lake Michigan, a bustling downtown, and neighborhoods that feel friendly and familiar enough to call home, make it the perfect visual mix of industry and nature, hustle and serenity. But with so much to see, where should you go if you’re searching to capture Chicago in all it’s beauty?
We reached out to Chicago based photographer Matt B. Weitz and asked him about his favorite spots to photograph around the city. Matt started taking photos on his phone in an effort to find a creative outlet outside of his job as a financial consultant at a Big 4 accounting firm. Today, his Instagram feed is a visual encyclopedia for Chicago’s best architecture, neighborhoods, and moments.
So, if you’ve just moved to Chicago and are looking for some aesthetic bliss, or just want to get a fresh perspective on a city you already love, make sure to visit these spots.
“The Board of Trade Building is at the end of the road and it provides a feeling of old-school beauty. I’m always drawn to this street and love coming here when it rains. The way the lights reflect off the street makes a photo feel like it’s straight out of a movie.”
North Avenue Beach
“This is probably my favorite place to watch the sunrise and get a great view of the skyline in the city. Even in the worst weather, it’s always interesting to see who else is out on the lakefront trail. No matter what time of year, you can’t go wrong by taking a trip to the beach.”
“The trains are such an integral part to the city. 750,000 people ride the train each day, and being one of those riders, I try to take advantage of my commute and snap a couple of pictures. The mix of trains running through tight streets downtown provides such a unique scene. I suggest trying to get in the last train car for a clear view of the tracks while you’re riding and even take a different route to your destination to get a new perspective.”
Cloud Gate aka The Bean
“How could you not visit The Bean while you’re in Chicago? Early morning hours are best for an uninterrupted view with as little people as possible in the reflection. In the fall, the orange & red leaves provide a beautiful pop of color all around Millenium Park. I also like to walk up to Nichols Bridgeway for a clear view down Monroe St.”
“Chinatown is known for its great views and great food. I recommend taking the water taxi from Michigan Ave for a beautiful ride on the river—the ride provides just as many great shots as the destination. Chinatown is great to shoot street scenes because of how colorful and vibrant the neighborhood is. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s an abundance of great food all around.”
Are you inspired, yet? We are! You can discover more of Matt’s photography on his Instagram. And if you’re looking to move to Chicago, or just looking for a new neighborhood or apartment, discover more about Common and our open homes.
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