Even though things are changing with longer videos, algorithm changes and more, Instagram continues to surge as today’s premiere social media network, having surpassed 400 million users late last year. Of course, your feed is only as good as who you follow, so a strong set of accounts is paramount in getting the most out of Instagram. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just a bit of eye candy, IG is packed with incredible imagery from all over the world.

Switching up our on-going 5 Instagram Accounts to Follow feature once again, this week team Highsnobiety looked to Chicago and chose five of their favorite local Chi-town personalities on Instagram. Be it portraits, landscapes, architecture or fashion, each of these accounts share amazing photos on a regular basis, so you’re sure to find someone new to keep your feed interesting.

Read on for our Chicago picks.

@johnnyfan / Followers: 3,603 / Joined: Probably 2 years ago or so.

Favorite Chicago account to follow: I’m always inspired by @chriscreature. Always. His work is on another level.

Favorite place to shoot in Chicago: In and around Downtown Chicago, without a doubt. The different cuts of light throughout the day from the glaring sun to the street activities of dancers and musicians playing to the passing trains in the Loop - there is nothing else like it.

Favorite place for shop for clothes in Chicago: Honestly, I make more purchases online moreso than not nowadays. But, I love Nordstrom Rack.

Footwear of choice: The OG adidas Stan Smith works well with everything I wear. Occasionally, I’d throw on my adidas Ultra Boost or Nike Flyknits. Those shoes are so comfortable. I highly recommend them.


@ddesigns_ / Followers: 67.2k / Joined:  I wanna say the beginning of October back in 2013.

Favorite Chicago account to follow: Definitely @Evantsheeran. He uses people, space, and colors in a really fantastic and unique way that makes him stand out.

Favorite place to shoot in Chicago: The 71st South Shore lakeshore. One of the gems of the south side that I love. I like shooting by the lake and on 71st there are these crazy huge black rocks thats always fun to shoot on. There's even a huge fallen tree over there. Like what more can a guy ask for?

Favorite place for shop for clothes in Chicago: Honestly? Probably Ragstock, that place has the deals for baller floral button ups. I'm a big fan of floral button ups.

Footwear of choice:​ High top Air Force 1 Nikes or Palladium boots always.


@msalibsu / Followers: 85.3k / Joined: Summer of 2014

Favorite Chicago account to follow: I would say @bryanallenlamb. He's one of the dopest portrait photographers right now in Chicago shooting a lot of local artists. Hope to link up with him sometime.

Favorite place to shoot in Chicago: My favorite spot lately has been at @hrhchicago. Some of the best views of the city up there.

Favorite place for shop for clothes in Chicago: I like to frequent @unamaeschicago, great spot to pick up Publish and Zanerobe gear as well as other dope brands.

Footwear of choice: Ultraboost all day!


@jasonmpeterson / Followers: 758k / Joined: 3 and a half years ago.

Favorite Chicago account to follow: So many great photographers in Chicago, but if you pick one to rep Chicago it's @dannymota. No one has more love for Chicago.

Favorite place to shoot in Chicago: The parking garage on the north east corner of the Sears tower. 5 stories, best midday light, clean cross walks.

Favorite place for shop for clothes in Chicago: RSVP & Saint Alfred's.

Footwear of choice: Jordan 3's crisp and clean.


@trashhand / Followers: 549k / Joined: June 2011

Favorite Chicago account to follow: None. [He doesn't follow anyone.]

Favorite place to shoot in Chicago: The loop from above.

Favorite place for shop for clothes in Chicago: R.S.V.P. Gallery

Footwear of choice: AJ 1's


Be sure to follow us as well, @highsnobiety and if you’d like to be considered for inclusion in future editions of ‘5 Instagram Accounts to Follow this Week’ use hashtag #HSdailyfeature on your posts.

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