Ideal Photography Locations in and around Chicago

Bride and Groom walking holding hands at Dunne Park in Rosemont

I have been doing professional engagement and wedding photography in and around Chicago for a long time now. Due to this, I have been able to stock up on a collection of locations that I have come across that are just breathtaking. So, if you are on the hunt for the ideal photography location that will result in exquisite photos, here is a list to help you along with things to consider. 

Ideal Photography Locations

When it comes to the places you can choose from in and around Chicago, it can seem like the options are endless. This city is filled with gorgeous areas, both indoor and outdoor, that are perfect for just about any style photoshoot. Though you are free to venture and scope out your own awesome spot, here is a list of the best ones I have come across living here:

Though each of these places I personally advocate for, there are some things you will want to think about as well while you are picking your spot. 

Time of Year and Weather

The time of year you want to have your photo session done will drastically influence your photography location options. For example, if you desire to have a wedding photography shoot done outside in the winter, you may want to invest in an indoor spot as a backup plan in case there is a blizzard outside. The same advice goes for the rainy and wet seasons (May-April). Keep in mind that whatever you ultimately choose, us photographers are certainly down to get the best photos possible to meet your visions, even if we are soaked, freezing, or sweating. 

Time of Year and Accessibility 

It is no secret that Chicago has on and off seasons. The off seasons mean there are generally fewer people around, which equates to less traffic. Less traffic means more open access to places that would otherwise be impossible to get to with the surge of people around occupying it. This is why, as a photographer, you really should make sure that the day of your shoot is not overlapping with a city celebration that could make it challenging to get to your location or make it packed by the public. 

Additional Things to Consider

Whatever location you decide on, there are some things you will want to consider beforehand to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. For instance, if you found the most beautiful spot for your wedding photography, make sure that you have permission to be there in the first place. Sometimes locations are privately owned, require a permit to access it ahead of time or have specific hours of operation that you need to abide by. This does not mean you have to give up your session here altogether; it merely means to plan ahead. 


As you can see, there is a lot that goes into photography location scouting. The last thing you want to happen is getting kicked off the property or realizing that it is filled with tourists. Whether you are looking for ideal engagement photography locations, wedding photography places, or want a lovely photoshoot with you and your loved one(s), check out the list above as inspiration. As long as you plan ahead, do your location research, and communicate with your photographer, you will have a wonderful time and outstanding photos to prove it.