Summer in Chicago is nothing short of beautiful. The weather is often fabulous, the lake is pretty accessible and the street fairs and festivals are like no other. There are also countless places to eat, it’s sad not to get to all of them during the year. But with summer comes a bit more free time, and with that, why not check out some places that will look amazing on your Instagram feed?
Here are seven of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants to try this summer!
If you follow anyone between the ages of 20 and 35 who lives in Chicago, you’ve probably seen the cute restaurant with the leaf-covered wall that says “Rosé all day” in neon-lit letters. If you’re like me, you might not have known what that place was called, until now! Located in River North on West Hubbard street, this nautical themed space is perfect to have a meal in. It’s light and open with a bar and fairy lights for that oh-so-special atmosphere. The one-of-a-kind light-fixtures, rope-bound plant-holders make for a very scenic place to dine.
Do you ever get those moments where you want to whisk yourself away to a tropical island, but still have the time (and cash) to make it back to work on Monday? Look no further than Wicker Park’s Mahalo. While not really authentic Hawaiian food, the cocktails definitely will remind you of the dreamy tourist spots on the Big Island. They also serve poke, the very hip new (at least to mainlanders) way to eat fish. It is gorgeous inside and will boost anyone’s likes due to the colors, the presentation of the food and the cute benches connected to the ceiling.
This is another restaurant that aims to transport you somewhere through your eating experience!! Based on the name of this place, along with its website, you can probably guess where that is: the West Coast! It definitely succeeds with its beachhouse decor and open spaces. With that in mind, their wine menu is very accurately extensive and the food screams elegance and Cali. Be on the lookout for sushi and tacos at this Lincoln Park joint!
Boasting food that is “affordable, delicious, local and quick,” Parson’s offers a diner-like feel, with good eats and a patio included! They serve fried chicken and fish (as their title on Instagram states) and along with a fun and refreshing atmosphere. Their Instagram is full of jokes and mouthwatering eats, and their site shows they sell waffles and hot sauce too (separately, if needed). They have the bean bag game to play in the back and the red and white striped beach umbrellas on their patio definitely adds a great vibe to Logan Square.
RM Champagne Salon gives off a weathered, homey vibe with its brick walls and big fireplace. It markets itself as a speakeasy on the outside and a French bistro on the inside. Like a lot of these restaurants, lighting is everything in creating the vibe and picturesque moments, and they do not disappoint. During the day, there is lighting let in through the big windows, but nighttime is what makes it truly amazing. Through candlelight and little chandeliers across the ceiling, the photos that come out of this place are fabulous. Also, with their fancy as hell menu, you’ll feel like a million bucks (probably).
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If you love Italian cuisine and WINE, this is the spot. Forget Instagram for a minute; they have over 400 wine to choose from to go with your cibo italiano (Italian food). That’s every vinos dream (I know it’s mine). And the wine comes straight from Italy, no less! No, back to your pictures. The food is served on official-looking cuisine plates and the table linens and chairs make for the perfect backdrop for the best shot. They also have a patio space, so summertime eating at Piccolo Sogno is literally that, a “little dream.”
If “modern” and “rustic” had baby, that’s the adjective used to describe The Dawson. The wood is dark, the tables are dark and the floors are dark. But instead of it coming across as dreary or a dungeon of some sort, it gives it such a refined finish. And like most of these places, they know how to use their lighting and their overhead lighting looks like a bouquet of round light bulbs. Thomas Edison would be proud.
All pictures are from the respective restaurants’ Instagrams. Happy IG-ing 🙂