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Adler Planetarium Wedding Photo Location
 
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Adler Planetarium
CHICAGO 
 
Description

This location is one of the most popular for doing scenic backgrounds, for it has the incredible.Chicago skyline and also the lake behind the planetarium as well as the beach, that makes for great alternative to the city.Also there are lots of trees and flowers, in the season, that make for great shade for the entire wedding party.Northerly Island Park is one of my ultimate places around the planetarium is to the south of it (about a 5 minute walk), past the 12 Street beach and the touristic area.In my opinion this is the best view of the city.The great thing about the Planetarium is that it does not require a permit, so you're free to stay and photograph as long as you want; however, parking is close to impossible, the parking lot is practically always full and even with a limo, you can't be parked for more than 5 min.I highly suggest this place if you have a driver that can just drop you off, so that you can enjoy your photo session.

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  • 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il, 60605
  • PH: (312) 922-7827
  • PARKING: Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT: No
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photo Location
 
Adler Planetarium
CHICAGO
The Bean Cloud Gate Wedding Photo Location Chicago
 
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The Bean / Cloud Gate
CHICAGO 
 
Description

The Bean is one of the newest attractions in Chicago, and by far one of the most visited. Known by its official name as "Cloud Gate", it is situated right in the heart of Chicago, on Michigan Avenue's Millennium Park. The sculpture offers some great shots of city reflections as well as great views of the downtown area. In a sunny day it offers no shade; however, right to the north of it you can find nice small parks with plenty of shade, but it takes away from the view of the bean. Although the Bean is amazing and beautiful, being able to photograph without visitors in the background is impossible, for it's always visited, day or night and parking is possible mainly in the city parking garage without being towed; however, so far they don't require a permit for Photography. I love this place, but just like the Planetarium, parking is an issue so try to be dropped off. For the summer season, this fountain is absolutely stunning, especially as a backdrop for a large bridal party, it has lots of space so that even if there are lots of visitors, you can still find a space to make it your own. It is one of the largest fountains in the world, so the bigger the bridal party, the better, it has a nice, elegant and regal feeling to it. Also, around it you have the North and South Rose Gardens and the city view in the background which adds splendor to the photographs. If it gets too hot, you can get the shade in one of the gardens and still have the fountain in the background, you won't be very close to it, but you won't look sweaty in the photos. This location and gardens around it requires a permit and parking is not very direct. If you're lucky to find parking on Columbus Drive, you still have to walk a bit to the fountain, but in my opinion, it's well worth the walk.

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  • 201 E Randolph St. Chicago, Il, 60602
  • PH: (312) 742-1168
  • PARKING: Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT: No
The Bean Cloud Gate Wedding Photo Location Chicago
 
The Bean / Cloud Gate
CHICAGO
Buckingham Fountain Wedding Photo Location
 
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Buckingham Fountain
CHICAGO
 
Description

For the summer season, this fountain is absolutely stunning, especially as a backdrop for a large bridal party, it has lots of space so that even if there are lots of visitors, you can still find a space to make it your own. It is one of the largest fountains in the world, so the bigger the bridal party, the better, it has a nice, elegant and regal feeling to it. Also, around it you have the North and South Rose Gardens and the city view in the background which adds splendor to the photographs.
If it gets too hot, you can get the shade in one of the gardens and still have the fountain in the background, you won't be very close to it, but you won't look sweaty in the photos. This location and gardens around it requires a permit and parking is not very direct. If you're lucky to find parking on Columbus Drive, you still have to walk a bit to the fountain, but in my opinion, it's well worth the walk.

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  • 301 E Columbus Dr., Chicago, Il, 60605
  • PH: (312) 742-7529
  • PARKING:Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT:Yes 
Buckingham Fountain Wedding Photo Location
 
Buckingham Fountain
CHICAGO
Lincoln Park Wedding Photo Location
 
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Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond
CHICAGO
 
Description

For the nature lovers, this small lily pond is a great place with a small waterfall and great background. I wouldn't suggest it for a very large wedding party, but smaller ones would have great photographs here.
Parking is also pretty decent because you can park on the street behind the pond or in the Lincoln Zoo parking lot, which is on the east side of the pond. Either way, you have to walk a few minutes to enter. This pond is great mainly in the summer and fall, it closes towards the winter time.

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  • Fullerton Pkwy & Cannon Dr, Chicago, Il, 60689
  • PH: (312) 742-7529
  • PARKING: Street, Lincoln Zoo Parking
  • PHOTO PERMIT: Yes
Lincoln Park Wedding Photo Location
 
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond
CHICAGO
Lincoln Park Wedding Photo Location
 
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Lincoln Park - North Pond
CHICAGO
 
Description

In this very large park, just about any place looks great, so you can either have a very nature-like feel to the photographs or even the skyline from different areas. It is hard to pinpoint an exact location, but I always seem to be drawn to the North Pond, where I find more room to stretch out if I go with a large wedding party, and it also is just as great if I'm with just the bride and groom.
From the north pond facing south, the city looks incredible and you can get some great shots. You have plenty of shade if need be and you also have many sculptures you could use as props or backgrounds. As far as permits are concerned, some areas in the park require a permit while some don't, so you have to check with the Chicago Park District to see which is which.

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  • 2610 N Lincoln Park West Chicago, Il, 60614
  • PH: (312) 742-7529
  • PARKING:Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT:Yes
Lincoln Park Wedding Photo Location
 
Lincoln Park - North Pond
CHICAGO
 
 
 
Navy Pier Wedding Photo Location
 
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Navy Pier - PFC Milton Olive Park
CHICAGO
 
Description

This is an alternative to the Chicago downtown skyline. You do not get the entire skyline, mainly the north side of town, but you get enough for everyone to recognize it as Chicago and you also have Oak beach in the background. This is a favorite of mine because to the south it offers a splendid view of one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the world, to the west the lake, and to the north the city.
You have many photographic choices here and they are all great. Also, you can always just pop into Navy Pier for a few photographs, though you'll never be able to not have someone in your photographs because of the amount of people that are always there. Parking is fairly easy if you park in the Navy Pier parking lot and walk to the park, it's about 5-10 minutes. I greatly recommend it.

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  • 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, Il, 60611
  • PH: (312) 595-PIER | (800) 595-PIER
  • PARKING:Navy Pier Parking Lot
  • PHOTO PERMIT: Navy Pier=No | Milton Olive Park=Yes
Navy Pier Wedding Photo Location
 
Navy Pier - Milton Olive Park
CHICAGO
Jackson Park Wedding Photo Location
 
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Jackson Park
CHICAGO
 
Description

Located right behind the Museum of Science and Industry, this has become one of my top choices mainly because of Osaka Garden, which is situated right in the middle of the park between the east and west lagoon. Of course, the park offers many other locations, but the Japanese Garden has a very exotic feel to it, not to mention the amount of plants and flowers that's overwhelming.
Parking is very easy for they have a pretty large parking lot. They require permits for most of this park, but I suggest calling ahead just to make sure that the area you choose needs one. Although permits costs are high, it's most definitely worth it.

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  • 1735 E Columbia Dr, Chicago, Il, 60637
  • PH: (312) 742-7529
  • PARKING: Yes
  • PHOTO PERMIT:Yes
Jackson Park Wedding Photo Location
 
Jackson Park
CHICAGO
Michigan Bridge Wedding Photo Location
 
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Michigan Ave Bridge - Chicago River-Walk
CHICAGO
 
Description

For all those architectural lovers out there, this is the best location for you to be. You get to have in the background some of the most famous buildings ever made. There are several little areas to take photos, but one of the most used is in the median of the street to get the image of North Michigan Avenue.
One of my favorites, especially for large parties, is the spiral staircase that leads down to the Chicago River, as well as the new courtyard at the Trump Tower and the Wrigley Building. Parking is as hard as any other downtown Chicago location, but if you're dropped off, you have nothing to worry about.

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  • 100-500  E Wacker Dr. Chicago, Il, 60601
  • PARKING: Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT: No
Michigan Bridge Wedding Photo Location
 
Michigan Ave Bridge
CHICAGO
Botanical Garden Wedding Photo Location
 
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Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE
 
Description

A must for the nature lovers. This very large garden has it all, trees, flowers, scenic bridges, oriental and English gardens, as well as ponds. Whatever your heart desires, you find it there, including plenty of shade and open areas.
The Chicago Botanical Garden is equally perfect for large or small wedding parties. Parking is available for only $20.00 and there is no entry fee, but it requires a permit that you can get upon arrival.

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  • 100 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Il, 60022
  • PH: (847) 835-5440
  • PARKING: Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT: Yes
Botanical Garden Wedding Photo Location
 
Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE
Bahai temple wedding location
 
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Baha'i' Temple
WILMETTE
 
Description

Located in Wilmette, it's somewhat of a drive from Chicago, but if your wedding is in the north suburbs, it's perfect. This temple is a beautiful building with great architectural detail. It is surrounded by gardens and pools that make for a great backdrop.
Whether it's a large or a small party, you will have great natural background. It doesn't require a permit and you can photograph anywhere the gardens are. They have free parking, which is a plus.

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  • 100 Linden Ave., Wilmette, Il, 60061
  • PH: (847) 853-2300
  • PARKING:Street
  • PHOTO PERMIT: No
Bahai temple wedding photo location
 
 Baha'i' Temple
WILMETTE
 

 

Top 10 Outdoor Wedding Photo Location in Chicago

When it comes to your engagement or wedding photo session, location is as important as the dress and the flowers. Choosing the right one can be a little tough, but we can help you by telling you which are the most popular Chicago wedding photo locations for you to choose.

If   you want your wedding pictures to be fun, or like an elegant style, if you want a more urban approach or you are an animal lover, Chicago has them all.  And they are the best wedding photos locations that can help you get the pictures you are dreaming of.

Downtown Chicago wedding photo locations are the most popular among couples. There is a place that can suite any style. If you want a fun session, with carousels, Ferris wheels and ice cream, Navy Pier is the right place for you. If you prefer an elegant approach, you can choose the Buckingham Fountain and the rose garden, close by to make you feel royal on your special day. Elegance can be captured at the Cultural Center on the sumptuous staircases and mosaics.  For an amazing view of the city in your wedding pictures, you may choose the Planetarium. It’s one of the top Chicago wedding photo locations due to the amazing Chicago skyline and lake as your backdrop.

If you wish to have unique photos, with reflections, you have to go with The Cloud ( also known as the Bean) in Millennium Park and you will never get it wrong.  Another popular location that many couples choose is the Michigan Avenue Bridge and even the stairs that go all the way down to the Chicago River. If you want a more urban touch for your pictures, we think that the EL is a cool choice.  We can even use the gratifies as backdrops.  Are you an animal lover and want to be close to them even on your wedding photo session? We can take the pictures at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  If you are a romantic couple, the Chicago Botanic Garden in full bloom would be the ideal location for your photo-shoot.

The time of the year or the weather makes it impossible for you to have a cool outdoor photo-shoot? No worries! There are a lot of great indoor wedding photo locations in Chicago and in the Northwest suburbs.

You already have the location that fits your style perfectly? Let us know and we will make it happen. Having that perfect location for your wedding photo session will give your pictures the style and the attitude for which you are aiming.

By Gia Dragoi