Location Guide 5
Lots of stone and gardens. It can get quite busy in the summer during festival season, but when it's quiet it's my favorite spot.
Montrose Harbor up north has a great view of the skyline and the bird sanctuary offers some really pretty greenery. Easy parking. Walking distance to the beach for a really good mix of photos.
Pretty greenery. The cactus room is one of my favorite places to photograph in. Although you need a permit and it's a little outside of the city center, it's great for a rainy day option. Take into account that the fern room is humid. We can either avoid that room completely or shoot in there last.
The outside pillars of Union Station make for great classic portraits as well as an A+ rain location
Classic Chicago photos on the Lasalle Street bridge. Quick walk to the Chicago Riverwalk.
A pretty iconic and popular spot. Some of the best architecture in Chicago.
Really unique and gritty vibe to these two locations.
This place is huge. You can spend an entire day driving around and taking photos. I have a handful of specific spots I love shooting at here so that makes things move a lot quicker.
A big plus to shooting in the loop is that it's pretty empty during the weekends. Although a lot of it looks the same and it's very commercialized, there are a few unique pockets that I love to shoot in.
Olive park is a VERY popular spot for wedding photos, and rightfully so. It's got a beautiful, unobstructed view of the skyline along with some really pretty trees at the entrance of the park.
Self explanatory. Permit is needed for both engagement session and weddings. LOTS of different locations with bathrooms for easy outfit changes.
The Lyric Opera has some pretty pillars that are covered in case of rain.
A really unique location with a lighthouse, lots of vines, and an old green house.
Great architecture. Hidden gardens. Away from the city.
Promontory Point is a quiet spot in Hyde Park. It's got some really unique rocks and a small view of the skyline.
Arguably one of the best skyline views in the city. Easy parking (paid) and bus drop-off.
Lots of nature, water, and stone architecture tucked away in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. All within walking distance from each other.