Map x Chicago

In 1883, Mark Twain thought that trying to keep up with the city of Chicago was a hopeless endeavour. Well, Mark Twain never met @kessara. With her ever etherial photos of spaces and places, the talented photographer takes us on a beautiful tour of the City by the Lake. #mapxchicago #finditliveit

The Doughnut Vault
Definitely my favorite doughnut shop in Chicago. Typically there is a line out the door waiting freshly made treats. My favorite is the old fashioned.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago has one of the most beautiful staircases in the city. I always love capturing strangers on it.

Reno has a really laid back atmosphere for Sunday brunch. My favorite is their sugared grapefruit paired with an iced coffee.

Cloud Gate
Arguably one of Chicago’s most famous and popular landmarks, Cloud Gate is prettiest in the early morning, before the crowds arrive.

The Signature Room at the 95th
The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center gives you the opportunity to take in one of the prettiest views of Chicago while sipping a cocktail.

Skydeck Chicago
The Skydeck at Willis Towers (or Sears Towers for Chicagoans) is quite the experience for those seeking a bird's eye view of the city.

Heritage Bicycles
This is one of my favorite coffee shops in the city. It also happens to be a bicycle shop, repair place, as well as a general store.

The Coffee Studio
Doughnuts are my weakness. Another favorite, the Coffee Studio is one of my go-to places to get caffeinated and for some sweets.

Intelligentsia Coffee
Located in Logan Square, I enjoy this particular Intelligentsia Coffeebar because of all the pretty white details and the tunes they play. It's quite relaxing and all the baristas are friendly.

Parson’s Chicken and Fish
Parson’s Chicken and Fish not only has a great outdoor space with fun picnic tables and delicious slushy negronis but I also love their indoor space as well.

Nearly 40 million people visit this mid-eastern metropolis every year. After this weekend, we understand why. An exquisite thank you to @kessara for her arresting photos and for showing us the calmer sides to the Windy City. “Getting lost in capturing a moment or a feeling... Is it an illusion or is it real? At times, I can't separate the two. It's those in-betweens, the ephemeral... That's what I seek.”