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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | October 7, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    The Top 5 Iconic Chicago Selfies

    The Top 5 Iconic Chicago Selfies

    Photos by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

    It doesn’t matter if you refuse to carry around a selfie stick or that you’re not really into Insta, if you come to Chicago, you are basically required to take a few essential selfies that represent the city. Since this is a big city with an international reputation for a lot of different things, it’s difficult to capture all of the sights. But here’s a list of five major spots that you really must snap a pic of (with you in it) before you leave Chicago.

    1. Cloudgate

    More famously known as The Bean, this reflective wonder has only been around since 2004 but it has managed to quickly become the go-to symbol for the city. Perched in the middle of Millennium Park in the heart of downtown, it’s hard to miss the 33-foot-high sculpture. There are always masses of people surrounding it so a crowd-free Bean selfie is the ultimate coup.

    2. Chicago Theatre

    It’s kind of a no brainer to grab a photo by the sparkly marquee sign that spells out the city’s name. The landmark Chicago Theatre is located on State Street “that great street” and was the first lavish movie palace in the country when it opened in 1921. The best position for a selfie is actually across the street from the theater, so that you get the entire sign.

    READ MORE: An Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood

    3. The Art Institute Lions

    The renowned Art Institute of Chicago is a major stop for any visitor and the larger than life lions that flank the entrance are a major part of the experience. They have guarded the doors since 1894, when the museum opened. The bronze sculptures were originally a part of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. In my opinion, the best time to take a pic with the lions is when they wear gigantic wreaths for the holiday. However you decide to take the photo, just don’t try to climb on the lions, an alarm will alert security and you will be faced with much worse than a bad selfie.

    4. The Picasso

    Before The Bean arrived and changed things up, the untitled Picasso sculpture served as the symbol of Chicago. Unveiled in 1967, Pablo Picasso presented the 50-foot tall sculpture to the people of Chicago without ever explaining what it represented. I think it represents the unconventional nature of Chi-town. It sits in front of Daley Plaza and acts as a makeshift slide for kids on warm summer days.

    5. Navy Pier Centennial Wheel

    The ferris wheel was created in Chicago, at the very same 1983 Columbian Exposition that hosted the Art Institute lions, so it makes sense that Navy Pier’s new 196-foot-tall wheel serves as another city icon. The Centennial Wheel, which opened last summer to mark Navy Pier’s 100-year anniversary, is bigger and flashier than its predecessor. An LED show makes it an especially colorful (and difficult) selfie at night.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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