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Whether it’s a Chi-Town native that knows their way around the city or a fashion icon that scours the city for perfect spots to snap a photo, these top Chicago influencers are your best bets in the Windy City.

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Rachel Chen

A luxury style and creative lifestyle influencer, Chen has more than a million followers on Instagram that love her professional-looking photos. This trend-setting millennial, who actually has a degree in Actuarial Science, shares fashion tips and works with a variety of brands. 

Alexys Fleming

Alex “Lex” Fleming is the voice behind @madeyewook. She’s a Chi-Town makeup artist who specializes in body paint. Her 950K followers love her ghoulish Halloween looks just as much as her whimsical costumes. Her YouTube channel provides narrated tutorials on how she achieves such intricate designs. 

Rob Scallon

If you’re into the Chicago music scene, Rob Scallon is someone you should follow. This multi-instrumentalist usually has a guitar in his hands and has been known to make an axe or two himself and share the process on Instagram. Aside from his guitar-making abilities, he has released some great tunes too.

Kit Graham

A full-time mom and part-time lifestyle blogger, Kit Graham shares a little bit of everything with her 50K Instagram followers. From cute snaps of a daughter to Chicago restaurant suggestions, Graham is a relatable influencer who regularly engages with her fans.    

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Jennifer Lake

A Chicago-based fashion and travel model, Jennifer Lake has some captivating images on Instagram. Lake finds vibrant backdrops for her shots, like this rainbow dress against an almost matching shed-like wall or this unique shot of her wearing a flowy blue dress in the turbofan of a plane. 

Mannie The Frenchie

Not every influencer is a person, Manny The Frenchie is, you guessed it, a dog. A dog with a million Instagram followers. The four-legged friend is known to promote a product or two too. He seems to be a big fan of Bark Box and does #selfcare Sundays with Halo dog treats.   

Rebecca Peroulas

Rebecca Peroulas is a mom to three teenagers who calls the Windy City home. This micro-influencer has a quirky spirit and shares posts about her family, her decision to stop coloring her hair and embrace her silver strands, and family-friendly foods like these organic beans.  

Ian Eastwood

Featured on NBC’s World of Dance, Ian Eastwood is a Chicago native with impressive dance skills. After his stardom, he added choreographer and online class instructor to his resume. His Instagram showcases everything from his made moves to appearances on talk shows like Jimmy Falon.

Helen Berkun

Helen Berkun is never in one place too long. As a fashion and travel influencer, her Instagram is full of glamorous on-the-go snapshots. Whether she’s sporting her favorite yoga outfit on top of a Colorado mountain or flashing a hot summer look in an urban setting, Berkun shares it all with her loyal followers. 

Chris Hainey

His followers know him by @chriscreature and flock to his Instagrm for one thing: Funky photography. Hanley has a client list that includes brands like Audi, Jaguar, and Wells Fargo, and it’s not hard to see why. His unique take on photography, like this paint-splashed basketball, recently gave him the chance to take over the Chicago Bulls IG page during a game. 

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