A simple, reliable method for the preparation of bulk Cr tips for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is proposed and its potentialities in performing high-quality and high-resolution STM and spin-polarized STM (SP-STM) are investigated. Cr tips show atomic resolution on ordered surfaces. Contrary to what happens with conventional W tips, rest atoms of the Si (111) -7×7 reconstruction can be routinely observed, probably due to a different electronic structure of the tip apex. SP-STM measurements of the Cr(001) surface showing magnetic contrast are reported. Our results reveal that the peculiar properties of these tips can be suited in a number of STM experimental situations.