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Losing faith in the beauty of Chicago right about now? (Let’s face it: Piles of blackened slush don’t do much to inspire wonder and awe.) Follow these Instagram accounts of locals for whom the Windy City is the ultimate muse--and rediscover what drew you here in the first place.

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@chicagomatt

His precisely composed iPhone pics capture stunning architectural details, often in black and white.

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@swopes

Her 250,000 followers agree: This graphic designer’s surrealist shots of the city give it the look of an otherworldly paradise.

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@jenniferlake

She’s a publicist with an enviable wardrobe and an eye for Chicago’s coolest backdrops--from glam to gritty.

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@pauloctavious

Winter doesn’t look half bad in the eyes of this professional photog, whose clients have included bigwigs like Nike and Wired.

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@esteeveeen

His lens captures locales around the world, but Steven Sampang’s sharp shots of sweet home Chicago are the ones we love best.

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@wu_chicago

Maybe there’s a little PhotoShopping going on here...but the follower-submitted photos on this feed make us smile.

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@the_mollyporter

This portrait-obsessed shooter makes even the most #playedoutplaces in Chicago--like ?The Ledge? at Willis Tower--look fresh.

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@qwharton

He’s a Hubbard Street dancer and photographer who captures grace both inside the studio and out.

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@chicagofoodauthority

She had us at “Big Star is life.” Follow Samantha Roby for drool-worthy photos of Chicago and its most delectable bites.

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@chiarchitecture

You’ll find that the beauty is in the details on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s feed of carefully curated, user-submitted snaps.

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