BEST CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS LOCATIONS

Here is the definitive list of the Most Popular Engagement Session Locations in Chicago. This list includes the Best Outdoor and Indoor Engagement Session Locations in Chicago along with the Top Engagement Session Locations in the Chicago suburbs. I’ve created this list of the best engagement session spots in the city of Chicago after more than a decade of capturing weddings and engagement portrait sessions at each of this incredible locations.  I’ve discovered these amazing locations to photograph your engagement pictures in Chicago and am pleased to share with you my favorite locations for your Engagement Photos in Chicago.

I’ve attempted to specify and link to which locations require permits. Many public parks in Chicago require a $45.00 per hour, per location media permit. I suggest contacting a location prior to photographing your Engagement Session to determine if a permit or permission is required to photograph at the location.

I invite you to explore my Chicago Engagement Session portfolio, check out my latest Engagement Session highlights or contact me to learn more about scheduling your Engagement Session with me today!

BEST CHICAGO OUTDOOR ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS

North Avenue Beach
1600 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60613

Chicago Engagement Session location at North Avenue Beach with skyline in background

(above) Chicago Skyline from North Avenue Beach

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
WEBSITE

“The Bean” Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor 
201 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60604
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millennium park engagement picture

(above) “The Bean” Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor

BP Pedestrian Bridge
201 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60604
WEBSITE

Engagement Session Location in Millennium Park along the BP Pedestrian Bridge in Chicago

(above) BP Pedestrian Bridge Engagement Session

Buckingham Fountain
500 S Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60604
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Jay Pritzker Pavilion 
201 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60604
WEBSITE

Engagement session couple in Millennium Park standing in snow in winter

(above) Jay Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park

Lurie Garden
South Eastern end of Millennium Park
Chicago, IL 60604
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Engagement Session in Lurie Garden in Millennium Park in Chicago

(above) Lurie Garden located in Millennium Park

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
WEBSITE 

Engagement Session Winter Chicago Lights

(above) Zoo Lights Engagement Session

Chicago Theater Sign & Alley
175 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
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Engagement Session location in front of Chicago Theater

(above) Engagement Session Location at Chicago Theater

The Chicago Art Institute – South Garden
111 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
WEBSITE

Art Institute of Chicago Fountain Engagement photo location

(above) Art Institute Garden Engagement Session

Clark Street Bridge at Marina Towers
300 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
WEBSITE

Engagement Session Location in Downtown Chicago on top of Clark Street Bridge by Marina Towers

(above) Clark Street Bridge at Marina Towers

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
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Laying in hammocks at sunrise on Lake Michigan in Chicago during their engagement session

(above) Montrose Avenue Beach

Montrose Avenue Beach
4400 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60640
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Montrose Avenue Beach Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Montrose Avenue Beach Chicago

The Magic Hedge at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
4400 N Simonds Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
WEBSITE

Couple kissing in field of sunflowers at the Magic Hedge in Chicago Montrose Avenue Beach

(above) The Magic Hedge in Chicago

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
WEBSITE

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Engagement Session Location

(above) Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge
Kinzie Street at N. Canel Street
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Kinzie Street Bridge Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Kinzie Street Bridge Engagement Session

Milton Lee Olive Park
500 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611
WEBSITE

Honeycomb at Lincoln Park Zoo
2121 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
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Honeycomb in Lincoln Park Zoo at Night Engagement Session in Chicago

(above) Lincoln Park Zoo Honeycomb

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
2121 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
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Nature Boardwalk Bridge Engagement Session Location in Chicago Lincoln Park

(above) Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk Bridge

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
125 W Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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Ping Tom Memorial Park Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown

Wrigley Field
1060 W Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
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Wrigley Field Marquee Billboard Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Wrigley Field Chicago Engagement Session

The Chicago Riverwalk
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Engagement session in Chicago at sunset in the loop with El train and bridge in the background

(above) Chicago River Walk Engagement Session

Chicago Board of Trade
 141 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
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Board of Trade Engagement Session Location in Chicago in Winter

(above) Board of Trade Engagement Session

BEST CHICAGO INDOOR ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Salvage One Indoor Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Salvage One Chicago Engagement Session

Salvage One
1840 W Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60622
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Chicago Sign Salvage One Courtyard Engagement Session Location in Chicago

(above) Chicago sign outside of Salvage One

Architectural Artifacts
4325 N Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
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The Chicago Art Institute 
111 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
WEBSITE

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
WEBSITE

Union Station
225 S Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

BEST MURALS, STREET ART AND GRAFFITI FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS IN CHICAGO

Does photographing street art violate the street artist’s copyright?

Under U.S. copyright law, the violation of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights occurs when an infringer copies and/or creates a “derivative work” that is a copy or “substantially similar” to the copyright owner’s work. Thus, taking the photograph of a colorful mural alone, for the specific purpose of making a copy of the mural itself, may violate the mural artist’s copyright, especially if the image is then sold by the photographer for a commercial purpose (such as an advertisement). However, professional photographers often use street art as a backdrop to their projects or photograph the mural together with other elements, and creatively use lighting and composition to create something that is more unique and thus “original” to the photographer. In such cases, a defense known as “fair use” may apply. Unfortunately, though, there is currently no way to definitively measure when infringement ends and a new work begins.

To avoid a copyright infringement action, photographers must be mindful of a few general benchmarks when photographing street art: (1) whether the street art is copyrighted or copyrightable (perhaps try to find out whether the mural was painted with permission or qualifies as vandalism); (2) if the image uses the street art in a “transformative” or minimal way (the more creative the image is, the more elements embedded in it, the better); and (3) how the photograph will ultimately be used or sold.  Photographing street art for commercial purposes necessarily carries its risks, but these guidelines may help you avoid or defend a possible legal action resulting from shooting street art within your own images.

Rangefinder Magazine
Aaron M. Arce Stark 
March 2017

Greetings From Chicago Mural Engagement Session Location

(above) Greetings from Chicago Mural

Greetings from Chicago
2226 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Artist: Victor Ving
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Love
1863 N Damen Avenue
Damen & Cortland
Chicago, IL 60647
Artist: Matthew Hoffman
WEBSITE

Flamingo
Flamingo Rum Club

601 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Artists: Andrew Ghrist & JC Rivera
WEBSITE

Chicago Engagement Session at Flamingo Rum Club Mural Designed by Andrew Ghrist & JC Rivera

(above) Flamingo Rum Club Mural

Brain Killer
440 N Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Artist: Brian Keller
WEBSITE

Drink Up
Racine & Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Artist: Pose

Possum
16th Street & Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Artist: ROA

ROA Weasel Chicago Engagement Session Location in Pilsen

(above) Pilsen Possum Mural 

Weasels
400 N Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Artist: ROA

Fight Harder, Fly Higher
Ashland & Paulina
Chicago, IL 60622
Artists: JC Rivera & Sentrock

Pilsen 16th Street Murals
16th to the North, Chicago River to the East and Western Avenue to the west

Chicago Engagement Session Mural Location at Night Time

(above) 16th Street Pilsen Mural

Blue Chinese-Inspired Floral and Butterflies
Under the 18th Street Bridge in Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
Artist: Chester Chow
WEBSITE

Ping Tom Memorial Park Mural Engagement Photos Location

(above) Ping Tom Memorial Park Mural

Colorful Cubes
410 N Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Colorful Street Art Mural in Chicago for Engagement Photos

(above) Colorful Cubes Mural on Peoria Street

BEST CHICAGO NORTHERN SUBURBS ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glenco, IL 60022
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Independence Grove
16400 W. buckley Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
WEBSITE

Lighthouse Beach
2611 Sheridan Road at Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
WEBSITE

Ryerson Conservation
21950 N. Riverwoods Road
Deerfield, IL
WEBSITE

BEST NORTHWEST CHICAGO SUBURBS ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS

Monument Park
6167 N River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
WEBSITE

Prairie Center For The Arts
201 Schaumburg Court
Schaumburg, IL 60193
WEBSITE

Towne Square
150 W. Palatine Road
Palatine, IL 60067
WEBSITE

Volkening Lake
900 W. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194
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BEST CHICAGO SOUTH SUBURBS ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480
WEBSITE

Lake Katherine
7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

BEST CHICAGO WESTERN SUBURBS ENGAGEMENT SESSION LOCATIONS

Naperville Riverwalk
105 Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
WEBSITE

Sunset Engagement Session photo at Naperville Riverwalk River Walk in Naperville

(above) Naperville River Walk Engagement Session

Naperville’s Naper Settlement
523 S Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
WEBSITE | PERMIT REQUIRED

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
WEBSITE| PERMIT REQUIRED

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