(Closed) Fun Places for Engagement Shoots in Chicago?

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

when i visited there, i really loved the gold coast neighborhood for its beautiful homes, although i’m not sure it would provide enough variety. i know there are some chicago brides out there with tons of advice!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did some of our pictures on the L, and I personally think they are awesome! Pm me if you’d like to see some. We also just walked around the Loop and took pictures against cool buildings and on the bridge, in an alley (whatever we saw that looked neat) I don’t think they are too touristy and if you know what to look for you know they were done in Chicago, but nothing too obvious (like the Bean etc.)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I live in Lakeview, too, so I share your feelings toward the Cubs.  I really think the el photos are cool and not cliche.  How about a favorite restaurant or the place where you both met for the first time?  Molly’s Cupcakes has really cool swing seats….under the Belmont El there are funky Ann Sather’s faces…..or how about a rooftop bar area (i.e. Vertigo, Roof, or C-View)?  Just thoughts about bringing in our beautiful city as a backdrop to your engagement photos!

Congrats!!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you want something really edgy I would do them in Pilsen (I’m thinking of doing this myself). There are some amazing murals on the sides of buildings there and also some cool cafes. Just east of Pilsen there are some abandoned factories and bridges that offer views of the skyline in the background (can you tell I’ve been scoping it out?). I suggest driving around to see if there is anything that you like. I also like the El idea. Congrats and good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

If you’re looking for any big murals, there’s are 2 on Halsted I’ve always wanted to take pictures in front of. One is the Orange mural on Grand and Halsted. The other is north on Halsted just south of Belmont of Barack Obama. Depending on what feel you’re going for with the pictures, I would also recommend going the the industrial area around the bridges on Ashland and North. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

OH NO.. really? I haven’t taken Halsted in a long time too and have no idea. I just remember thinking it’d make for awesome epics at some point right after the election. That sucks.. nevermind.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events

We took our e-pix in Chicago last March, and it was freezing!  We had plans to take outdoor shots, but we ended up driving over to Navy Pier and taking shots indoors.  We got a huge variety of shots, cuz we just kept wandering around, looking for neat backgrounds!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

There is a nice beach park in Hyde Park that is also a nice setting for an engagement.. if you are looking for a more urban feel.. ukranian village and some parts in bucktown/wicker park is also a must..

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I live in Chicago and we took some engagement photos at important to us locations that wouldn’t be recognizable to anyone else (the place we met, around our neighborhoods, etc) but also did some at more touristy venues.  We went to millenium park and, while we did get the requisite bean picture, there are also a lot of other less obvious places to take photos – the gardens are gorgeous and there’s always a temporary exhibition.  We also did photos in Lincoln Park.  The zoo is gorgeous and has some historic statues and buildings.  In one morning we did pics there, at the conservatory, at the lily pond and along the lake.  I think the most important thing is that the locations have some meaning to you – both of us grew up around here so, while some might consider LPZoo touristy, it’s a place with a lifetime of memories for us.  Millenium Park’s too new to have that kind of meaning but we both enjoy it and it was a good starting point for downtown pictures, which we also took a lot of.  Actually, downtown one idea I loved was to take pictures in front of some of the gaudy signs on jewelers row – I thought it’d be a fun “tongue in cheek” engagement shoot – couldn’t talk my fiance into that one though…  The other idea I loved but we didn’t have time to try out was to take pics up on Devon.  Like Pilsen, there’s an edgy ethnic vibe that would likely make for some awesome photos. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I envy you like you have no idea.  Chicago is my favorite city in the world.  I am one of those losers with a dog named Wrigley but I live in DC so it’s ok here.  People think we just really like chewing gum.  Please go to the bean!  I know it’s touristy but that thing has the potential for amazing photos.  I also love the lions at the Art museum.  Love them!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I don’t mind the touristy photos – especially the skyline. I just love the skyline – anytime I drive back and see it, I sigh and feel like I’m home.

We did our e-pics at the beach at LSD/Fullerton. I love that copse of trees. There’s that lily pond right down Fullerton, bus stops, lots of trees, beach, and some underpasses for a more urban feel. I wish we could have done an El stop – you should definitely include it.

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