City backgrounds make social media users Insta-winners

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

From the iconic “Greetings from Chicago” graffiti to three blocks of murals in the West Loop, we scoped out the most Insta-worthy street art that is sure to earn the most likes on your next post.

Tucked behind a building in a parking lot at 2226 North Milwaukee Ave. is a bright blue wall with the city’s name written in big bubble letters, filled with colorful renditions of our city’s most celebrated icons like Chicago-style hot dogs, the Willis Tower and the so-called “Bean,” A.K.A. “Cloud Gate.” Rep your city with a post in front of this not-to-be missed Palmer Square spot and make sure to take all your visitors to see “Greetings from Chicago” so they can show off their travels. 

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While our beaches are lovely, they don’t exactly offer Caribbean blue waters. Instead, if you do want to add a pop of turquoise to your feed, check out the mural of a bright pink flamingo in River North. On the wall of the Flamingo Rum Club at 601 North Wells St., the tropically colored wall has a bright flamingo that will tower behind you, topped with a tiny crowns to add a regal touch.  

For pizza lovers, Parlor Pizza’s two locations have unique, iconic art. First, in Wicker Park, there’s the “Pizza Bear” mural, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. On the side of their restaurant, located at 1824 W Division Street is a mural of a big, yellow bear, looking super satisfied as he munches on a cheesy slice of pepperoni pizza.  

If you’re in the West Loop, another Parlor Pizza spot also has a smaller version of “Pizza Bear,” and offers visitors an opportunity to pose in front of a wall that makes them look like some sort of pizza angel. Who doesn’t want that?

On the corner of North Green Street and West Washington Boulevard, strike a pose in front of a gray wall covered with clouds to wear your golden crown and angel wings made from cheesy pizza slices.

Other photo-ops include a mural of a woman bathing in a wine glass in Lincoln Park, a series of colorful, diverse murals that makes up the Hubbard Street Murals, and a Cheshire Cat grin from Alice in Wonderland looking over Wicker Park.

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