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Neighborhood Guide

5 Of Chicago’s Hottest Neighborhoods…According To Instagram

Angela Olson plays with her 7-month-old son Tate in Chicago's Grant Park Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Temperatures remain unseasonably warm for November in the Chicago area. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms. Here are the 5 Chicago neighborhoods most active on Instagram, based on a geotagged data.

5. South Loop

Soldier Field

It’s no surprise to see the home of the Chicago Bears make the list. While Soldier Field’s capacity of 61,500 makes it the third smallest NFL stadium, high demand for tickets (and some of the highest ticket prices in the country) may encourage folks to capture those coveted sports moments, to be enjoyed forever.

4. West Loop

West Loop

Now home to THE hottest restaurants in Chicago, including Girl & The Goat, Graham Elliot’s, and Santorini (to name a few), there’s no shortage of Instagram-happy foodies eager to show off their latest culinary escapades.  And while Derrick Rose’s health may forever be in question, legions of basketball and music fans visiting the United Center will continue to add to the neighborhood’s vibrancy, excitement and presence on social media.

3. Loop

Art Institute of Chicago

Thanks largely in-part to the the Art Institute of Chicago, the Loop clocks in at the third most-Instagramed neighborhood on our list. A world-class architectural-mecca, the Loop also boasts high-profile buildings designed by Louis Henri and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Sullivan, as well as the award-winning Aqua, designed Chicago’s very own Jeanne Gang.

2. Lakeview

While the Chicago Cub’s weren’t quite able to overcome the “Curse of The Billy Goat” this year, credit Lakeview’s Wrigley Field with attracting locals and tourists alike. As one of Chicago’s most popular residential neighborhoods, the area remains a recreational hot-spot, well into the off-season.

1. O’Hare

ohare airport chicago

It may come as a surprise to see this neighborhood atop our list, but when you consider O’Hare International Airport again holds title to ‘busiest airport in the world,’ it’s no surprise people are flooding Instagram while waiting on connecting flights. With direct service to 210 destinations, this is often the first-and-last destination for tourists as well as local travelers.




Christian Peppler
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