WHICH CHICAGO LOCATIONS REQUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITS TO PHOTOGRAPH WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT SESSION PORTRAITS?

 As of July 1, 2019, The Chicago Park District – which includes Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lurie Garden – have begun requiring professional photographers photographing commercial photography (for-profit photography) which includes wedding couples, wedding bridal parties, engagement sessions and family portrait sessions, to purchase a photography permit.

In fact, many of the most popular locations throughout Chicago and the Chicago suburbs are also now requiring photography permits including the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Nature Boardwalk (the “honeycomb”).

Even Union Station, the Rookery Building and other popular indoor locations for wedding and engagement session portraits in Chicago have begun requiring photo permits to photograph inside.

There are two issues to consider: The required City of Chicago photography location permits and that of copyrighted public sculptures and artwork.

The City of Chicago neither grants nor enforces copyright. Copyright exists solely between the creator of the works and the secondary publisher of that work.

Anyone taking photos in Millennium Park can capture images of whatever they like. Copyright however comes into play once the photographer attempts to publish images of the copyrighted works without the consent of the artists. For example, if you are a photographer that wishes to publish an image of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (“the bean”), Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion or BP Bridge, Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain or even the Lurie Garden, the City of Chicago requires you to contact the legal representatives for these gardens, artwork and public installations.

Cloud Gate
Copyright © Anish Kapoor
For permission: Adamottavi Schiesl or Micah Hussey 212.206.9300

The Crown Fountain
Copyright © Jaume Plensa
For permission: Erin Bakunas 312.642.8877

Lurie Garden
Copyright © Gustafson & Associates
For permission: Jennifer Guthrie 206.903.6802

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Copyright © Frank Gehry
For permission: Keith Mendenhall 310.482.3000

BP Bridge
Copyright © Frank Gehry
For permission: Keith Mendenhall 310.482.3000

It can be very difficult and time consuming to find out where to purchase a photography permit or receive permission to photograph your wedding photos or engagement session in Chicago.

Fortunately I’ve taken the guesswork out of which website to visit, how to apply and how much it costs to obtain photo permits at many of Chicago’s most popular locations for wedding photos or engagement pictures in Chicago.

This information includes the names and addresses of the most popular locations in Chicago for wedding photos in addition to their website, permit fee, the process to apply for an application, the terms and conditions that apply to these locations, along with the contact information of who to phone or email when applying for your wedding photography permit application.

I will continue to update this information as rules, restrictions, fees and contact information changes.

If you have information regarding wedding or portrait session locations in Chicago and would like to help others stay informed with the latest news, please email me.

Chicago Suburb Location Photography Permit Required

All Photos © Jason Kaczorowski Photography 

AlfredCaldwellLilyPoolPermit

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Address: 125 W Fullerton Parkway Chicago, IL 60614

Website: www.LincolnParkConservancy.org | http://lincolnparkconservancy.org/events-tours/lily-pool-weddings/

Permit Fee: (Closed/Private) = $250.00
Permit Fee: (Non-Private) = $100.00

Application Process: Contact Britt Uhlenhake or Daniel Fischer to receive a permit application. Review the guidelines, select the time of your session/event, return the completed application with payment via personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Terms & Conditions: The Lily Pool is open seasonally from mid-April through mid-November. It is also closed the Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Air and Water Show.

Contact:

Britt Uhlenhake – info@lincolnparkconservancy.org
Daniel Fischer – dfischer2@dacc.uchicago.edu

Lincoln Park Conservancy
2000 N. Racine
Suite 4800
Chicago, IL 60614
T. (773) 883-PARK
F. (773) 883-7278

Buckingham Fountain Chicago

Buckingham Fountain

Address: 301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Website: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography

Permit Fee: $75.00 (total)

Application Process: Create an account online (https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography/media-permit-pricing) and remit the application & application fee ($35.00). Once approved, remit the permit fee ($45.00).

Terms & Conditions: N/A

Contact: N/A

Chicago Botanic Garden Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden

Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

Website: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/photography

Permit Fee: Daily, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: $150; Daily, 1 – 2:30 p.m.: $250

Application Process: Permits are available at the Information & Membership Desks in the Visitor Center.  The last permit is sold at 2:30 p.m. and thus the session must conclude by 4 p.m. The fee for this permit may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Cash and checks made out to the Chicago Botanic Garden will also be accepted. 

Terms & Conditions: Permits are only issued the day of your visit. The permit is valid only on the date it is issued, and is valid for one seating per photographer. The permit is valid for 1.5 hours after the time of the permit purchase.

The entire party must be present in order for the permit to be sold.

Contact:

Phone: 847-835-8370
Email: events@chicagobotanic.org

Garfield Park Conservatory Permit

Garfield Park Conservatory

Address: 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

Website: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography

Permit Fee: $75.00 (total)

Application Process: Create an account online (https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography/media-permit-pricing) and remit the application & application fee ($35.00). Once approved, remit the permit fee ($45.00).

Terms & Conditions: N/A

Contact:

Darlene Rodriguez
drodriguez@mbres.com
312-744-6050

Millennium Park Chicago Photo Permit Required

Grant Park

Website: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography

Permit Fee: $75.00 (total)

Application Process: Create an account online (https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography/media-permit-pricing) and remit the application & application fee ($35.00). Once approved, remit the permit fee ($45.00).

Terms & Conditions: N/A

Contact: N/A

Lincoln Park Conservatory Permit

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Address: 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Website: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography

Permit Fee: $75.00 (total)

Application Process: Create an account online (https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography/media-permit-pricing) and remit the application & application fee ($35.00). Once approved, remit the permit fee ($45.00).

Terms & Conditions: N/A

Contact: N/A

Zoo Lights Lincoln Park Zoo Photo Permit

Lincoln Park Zoo

Address: 2001 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614

Website: https://www.lpzoo.org/grounds-photography-guidelines | https://www.lpzoo.org/formal-photography

Permit Fee: $125.00 in addition to any parking fees; including wedding, prom, graduation, professional family photos or similar events.

Application Process:

All payments shall be made prior to the beginning of the shoot. All payments shall be paid by credit card, certified or cashier’s check or money order (no personal checks will be accepted) and shall be made payable to: “Lincoln Park Zoo.” Should the photo shoot take place on a weekend, the signed authorization form and payment must be made by the Friday before.

Photography taking place outside of regular zoo hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) may incur additional fees.

Terms & Conditions: The shoot shall be suspended or cancelled in the event that, in the sole discretion of the zoo, such shoot is damaging, destroying or injuring any plants, animals or property at the zoo, or is likely to do so, interfering with the public’s use and enjoyment of the zoo.

The Authorized Party shall not bring any plants, animals, or balloons onto the property of the zoo.

Contact:
Michelle Falco – mfalco@lpzoo.org
Hyson Gibbon Newson – hgibbon@lpzoo.org

LincolnParkZooPhotoPermit

Updates:

“A permit is required for any spaces within the main gates of the zoo, at the Farm in the Zoo, at Nature Boardwalk/South Pond, the honeycomb, and the bridge over that area. If you’re taking photos for a wedding occurring at Café Brauer the permit fee is waived and you don’t need a physical permit. I would still need to know what time/what areas you’d like to take photos so I can alert our staff that you’ll be there and make a note to myself not to allow any other parties to obtain permits for that time/space.”

Michelle Falco
mfalco@lpzoo.org
September 17, 2019

Lurie Garden Photo Permit

Lurie Garden

Address: Millennium Park – East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Website: https://www.luriegarden.org/visit/

Permit Fee: See Millennium Park

Application Process: See Millennium Park

Terms & Conditions: See Millennium Park

Contact:

Darlene Rodriguez
drodriguez@mbres.com
312-744-6050


The Bean Chicago Cloud Gate Photo Permit

Millennium Park

Address: 201 E Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60602

Website: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-rentals/filming-photography/media-permit-pricing

Permit Fee:

Commercial Application Fee $250.00

Non-Commercial Application Fee $25.00

Rush Request +$250.00

All applications are subject to an application fee. Allow 10-15 business days for processing.

Application Process: email Darlene Rodriguez at drodriguez@mbres.com for a permit application.

Please make all check payments payable to: 

“CITY OF CHICAGO”

Mail to:

MB Real Estate at Millennium Park,
201 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

1. For Commercial and Non-Commercial applications please submit form along with payment no later than 10 days prior to project.
– If the City determines the application is low impact no other fee will apply
– Pay by check, money order or cashier’s check only
– If the City determines the application is impactful refer to step 3 for additional requirements
– Copyright clearance is needed for Commercial use applications before a final approved location permit is supplied to applicant

2. When selecting “Rush Request” applications, any and all groups can select this option, it’s vital to send both payments (application and rush fee) along with your application to the address above.
– If project is impactful refer to step 3 for additional requirements
– “Rush Request” applications do not guarantee approval of location permit
– Copyright clearance is needed for Commercial use applications before a final approvedlocation permit is supplied to applicant

3. Impactful projects are to submit additional requirements:
– Project fee which is dependent on project size, footprint, time and scope
– Staff Fee is dependent on project size, footprint, time and scope
– Certificate of Insurance is required
– All payments, liability certificates, copyright consent are to be submitted before a FINAL approved location permit is supplied to applicant

Terms and Conditions: The copyrights for the various artwork, sculptures, garden and other public installations in Millennium Park (Cloud Gate, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, BP Bridge, the Crown Fountain, and Lurie Garden) are owned by the creators of those works and their respective creative agreements are maintained by the Millennium Park Foundation. As such, reproductions of these enhancements for commercial purposes, promotions, and film/video require the direct consent of the artist/designer and will require additional processing time. The artist/designer may require additional information and licensing fees may apply (billed separately).

Approval for copyright will vary per project and will need to be thoroughly reviewed in advance of production. Copyright approval from Millennium Park Foundation is required for the permit approval process to be finalized prior to any filming/photography. This is NOT the final step in the permit process as the Foundation only grants consent of copyright, not approval of location permits for production within Millennium Park. MB Real Estate will provide final approval of location permits.

To request review of your project for copyright approval email Millennium Park Foundation at copyright@mpfdn.org when you return this completed form and cc drodriguez@mbres.com.

The applicant agrees to check-in, upon arrival to the park with the security guard at the front desk of the Millennium Park’s Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, and present the valid/approved location permit to the security guard on staff. The permit must also be present or accessible on-site for inspector’s review at any given point of your project in our location.

Permits are non-transferable. Refunds will not be granted for inclement weather.

Approved permits are valid for the specific location indicated on this application for Millennium Park only. This permit excludes The
Nichols Bridgeway, Maggie Daley Park, and Grant Park locations.
Additional fees may be charged for rescheduling.

The applicant indicated as “non-commercial” affirms the content being documented is strictly for personal use as it represents Chicago
as a place-setting only. You affirm you will not use the content for any commercial (for profit) use or that the content aligns to promote
self, product or service.

Any fee pertaining to this application is non-refundable and does not guarantee approval of a permit. 

Upon entering Lurie Garden, applicant is to keep all pathways open and accessible to the general public and are prohibited from entering the plant beds for photo / film opportunities.

The applicant agrees to faithfully observe and comply with the conditions, regulations, and provisions prescribed herein and by the ordinances of the City of Chicago, the laws of the State of Illinois and the United States of America.

Applicant agrees to indemnify and hold the City of Chicago – Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Event, Millennium ParkFoundation. and MB Real Estate Services Inc. harmless (as well as their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents) from any liability to any person resulting from any property damage or personal injury occurring in connection with the shoot caused by the applicant or the sponsoring organization, its officers, employees, or any person under its control.
The applicant understands that failure to represent the true nature and scope of this project, or violate the terms of the permit may be grounds for denial of future park permits and may be pursued to the fullest extent of the law by the City of Chicago, the Millennium Park Foundation, its artists and their representative organizations.

Contact:

Darlene Rodriguez
drodriguez@mbres.com
312-744-6050

Update

DarleneRodriguez

September 19, 2019
2:13 PM CST

“At the current moment the City of Chicago is continuing its efforts to implement a fee structure for Millennium Park, not to be confused with the Chicago Park District. We are not accepting a permit application fees [sic] until it’s all sorted out. In the meantime we are asking all photographers, or individuals to reach out to us to complete a permit application just so we get everyone use to the process. Once the City approves we can proceed to charge an application fee, $25.00 (non-commercial) or $250.00 (commercial) this is determined by the individual who signs the permit app plans to use the photos.

$25.00, noncommercial use is generally for a personal event, engagement, wedding, sweet sixteen, head shots and so on to keep as a memory. When they [sic] [e.g. – the “client”] sign our permit app they are committing to using the images for friends/family personal use only. Not to help promote/market a product or services.

If a photographer is using their clients wedding photo to promote their photography business, then you, the photographer, becomes “commercial” and is require [sic] to pay the $250.00 application fee (when it’s implemented of course), in addition, you must complete another step of the permit application process. [sic] Which is to gain consent to use copyrighted images (like Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Pavilion and Lurie Garden) in your promotion. Additional fees may or may not apply.  If copyrighted work is not in your picture frame but only need the setting of the Park and cityscape views this step is not needed.”

Ideally, once the permit app and application fee is received, we, the City, will determine how impactful you are to the Park. If you’re impactful a separate fees will apply. This usually pertains to larger film crews who wish to film a movie, tv show, commercial that require park services like security, electrician, barricades, engineers and custodians.

This process is definitely confusing I can see why so many questions are being asked.

I hope this is clear.

Darlene Rodriguez
Millennium Park”

Bride and Groom holding hands at the Rookery in Chicago on the Oriel Staircase

Rookery Building

Address: 209 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60604

Website: https://www.therookerybuilding.com/contact

Permit Fees

Oriel Express (Access to winding Oriel Staircase only)
30 Minutes $150.00
60 Minutes $200.00

Rookery Memory Experience (Access to Oriel and Grand Staircases and Light Court)
30 Minutes $250.00
60 Minutes $275.00

Additional:
Access to Burnham Library $75.00
For each additional 10 Guests $50.00

Application Process:   If you are interested in scheduling a photo shoot within the Rookery, please download the form listing various packages and locations.  Please email the completed form to ecouch@tjbc.com

Photo sessions can be scheduled:

▪ Monday – Friday between 6AM and 8AM or after 5:30PM
▪ Saturdays after 2PM
▪ Sundays All Day

Terms & Conditions

▪ Up to 10 guests allowed (there is an additional charge for over 10 guests)
▪ Only checks are accepted for payment. All Checks Payable to: THE ROOKERY, LP. All checks are due prior to 3PM the Friday before your photo shoot date.

Contact

Emily Couch
Assistant Property Manager
209 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 625
Chicago, IL 60604

ecouch@tjbc.com

Salvage One Photo Permit Application

Salvage One

Address: 209 S LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60604

Website: https://salvageone.com/events-faqs/

Permit Fees: Engagement shoots are complimentary for couples getting married at Salvage One. Otherwise, the rate is $150/hour.

Application Process: email events@salvageone.com

Terms & Conditions: N/A

Contact: 312-733-0098

 

Engagement Session Couple Honeycomb Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Nature Board Walk

South Pond Nature Boardwalk

Address: 2121 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Website: https://www.lpzoo.org/grounds-photography-guidelines | https://www.lpzoo.org/formal-photography

Permit Fee: $125.00 in addition to any parking fees; including wedding, prom, graduation, professional family photos or similar events.

Application Process: All payments shall be made prior to the beginning of the shoot. All payments shall be paid by credit card, certified or cashier’s check or money order (no personal checks will be accepted) and shall be made payable to: “Lincoln Park Zoo.” Should the photo shoot take place on a weekend, the signed authorization form and payment must be made by the Friday before.

Terms & Conditions: Photography taking place outside of regular zoo hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) may incur additional fees.

The shoot shall be suspended or cancelled in the event that, in the sole discretion of the zoo, such shoot is damaging, destroying or injuring any plants, animals or property at the zoo, or is likely to do so, interfering with the public’s use and enjoyment of the zoo.

The Authorized Party shall not bring any plants, animals, or balloons onto the property of the zoo.

Contact:
Michelle Falco – mfalco@lpzoo.org
Hyson Gibbon Newson – hgibbon@lpzoo.org

LincolnParkZooPhotoPermit

Updates:

“A permit is required for any spaces within the main gates of the zoo, at the Farm in the Zoo, at Nature Boardwalk/South Pond, the honeycomb, and the bridge over that area. If you’re taking photos for a wedding occurring at Café Brauer the permit fee is waived and you don’t need a physical permit. I would still need to know what time/what areas you’d like to take photos so I can alert our staff that you’ll be there and make a note to myself not to allow any other parties to obtain permits for that time/space.”

Michelle Falco
mfalco@lpzoo.org
September 17, 2019

Union Station Photography Permit

Union Station

Address: 225 S Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60606

Website: https://chicagounionstation.com/private-events/personal-commercial

Permit Fee: $150 for up to 3 people; $450.00 for larger groups

Application Process: Must be paid by cashier’s check or money order

Terms & Conditions: A permit is required to take pictures inside the station for professional and student photography and for wedding and engagement shoots.

Photo and film permits must be obtained at least 48 hours prior to the photography date.

The following forms must be filled out in advance, signed by the applicant, and returned to Chicago Union Station prior to any permits being issued:

(1) First Amendment Permit & Regulations Application – Required to exercise your First Amendment Rights on the property owned by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

Application Link: https://chicagounionstation.com/uploads/documents/ChicagoUnionStation_Form_1stAmendment.pdf

(2) Photo Permit, Indemnity & Release – Required by anyone wishing to take photographs inside Chicago Union Station

Application Link: https://chicagounionstation.com/uploads/general/Permit-for-Photography.pdf

Fees can be paid and permits can be obtained during business hours at:

500 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 107
Chicago IL 60661.

To arrange a time to obtain the permit from the building management office, call (312) 655-2524.

Contact:

Jamie Janeczko
Marketing and Events Manager
Corporate Concierge Services | Chicago Union Station
500 West Jackson Suite 107 | Chicago, IL 60661
O: 312-655-2524 | C: 312-497-1074

Wrigley Field Photo Permit

Wrigley Field

Address: 1060 W Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613

Websitehttps://www.mlb.com/cubs/ballpark/tours | Purchase Tickets

Permit Fee:

Game Day = $25.00 (plus tax) 
Non-Game Day = $35.00 (plus tax) 

Application Process: This is a 75-90 minute guided tour. Tours are outdoor walking tours (approximately 1 mile) conducted in rain or shine. Specific tour routes are established each day based on events and activities in the ballpark.

Terms & Conditions: Non-Game Day includes:

Game Days exclude access to Chicago Cubs and visiting teams’ clubhouse.

Contact

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
800-THE-CUBS
fanservices@cubs.com


Chicago Suburbs

Cantigny Park Photo Permit

Cantigny Park

Address: 1 South 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

Website: https://cantigny.org/getting-here/photo-video-guidelines/

Permit Fee: Standard (1–7 people): $35 per day; Large Group (8+ people): $100 per day

Permit Fees: (annually) Standard: $600; Large Group: $1200

Application Process: Permits are available for purchase at the Parking Booth or the Cantigny Shop in the Visitors Center. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, cash or checks (made out to Cantigny.)

Terms and Conditions: Cantigny reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography/videography and/or change its photo policy without advance notice.

Do not block the access to building entrances, pathways, museums or garden areas.

Do not disturb or remove plants, plant labels, containers or park signage.

Please do not enter flowerbeds, plant displays or mulched areas. Remain on the pathways and grassy turf at all times.

No alcoholic beverages may be brought into Cantigny Park.

No animals or pets.

No drones allowed.

Evanston Lighthouse

Website: https://www.cityofevanston.org/residents/permits-licenses/film-movie-photo-shoot-permit?fbclid=IwAR02Lg7NZrZWxTHZdv1DRvKpWp-HgMiEEV6jp505-F0lU2eLq0TmIJztVMc

Permit Fee: $75.00

Application Process: The first step in the process is filling out the online application. There are some required documents that you will need to upload along with the application.

Applications need to be submitted at least 5 business day before the applied for start date to be reviewed. Any application with less than 5 business days before the applied for start date will be rejected.

Application Link: https://cityofevanston.wufoo.com/forms/z1xaf6cg0rjfw1f/

Terms and Conditions: Because photo shoots have been deemed too disruptive of our beaches during beach season they are no longer allowed when beaches are open, from 10:30am to 8:00pm from the beginning of June to July 31st, and 10:30 am to 7:30 pm from August 1st through Labor Day. The permit shall serve as the agreement for smaller productions taking only one or two days. Concerning private property, productions are limited to three (3) per street address per calendar year, and cannot occur within sixty (60) days of each other. Every production working in Evanston must fill out our Liability Waiver. Also they must send us a copy of a liability insurance certificate. The insurance certificate must either name the City of Evanston as an additional insured, or the City must be listed as a certificate holder. After the application has been approved there are additional requirements that need to be handled by the production company.

Contact: N/A

Evanston Merrick Rose Garden Photo Permit

Evanston Merrick Rose Garden

Website: https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/parks-recreation-community-services/parks/merrick-rose-garden 

Permit Fee: $200.00 + $200.00 deposit

Application Process: A signed application and liability waiver is required. Only Evanston residents may fill out the application form and sign the waiver.

  1. There is a $200 permit fee. 
  2. There is a $200 deposit. The deposit will be returned if the garden is in reasonable condition (garden has not been damaged and roses have not been picked).
  3. Proof of liability coverage is required. A copy of the homeowners’ or renters’ insurance summary will usually do. The City of Evanston must be listed as “additional insured” for one million dollars.

Terms and Conditions: The garden may be rented on a Friday after 3:30pm, Saturday or Sunday.

Only one group a day is allowed a special permit for the Garden and the public must be allowed access to the Garden.

By City ordinance, alcohol is not permitted in any City park and dogs must be on a leash.

Contact: N/A

Evanston Shakespeare Garden

Website: https://www.thegardenclubofevanston.org/shakespeare | https://www.thegardenclubofevanston.org/weddings-at-shakespeare

Permit Fee: $250.00

Application Process: A signed application and liability waiver is required. Only Evanston residents may fill out the application form and sign the waiver.

  1. There is a $200 permit fee. 
  2. There is a $200 deposit. The deposit will be returned if the garden is in reasonable condition (garden has not been damaged and roses have not been picked).
  3. Proof of liability coverage is required. A copy of the homeowners’ or renters’ insurance summary will usually do. The City of Evanston must be listed as “additional insured” for one million dollars.

Application Link: Evanston Shakespeare Garden Photography Permit Application

Terms and Conditions: Located in a quiet section of the Evanston Northwestern University campus directly east of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center at 2133 Sheridan Road, the eight-bed garden is hidden from view by a double wall of hawthorn hedges. The Howes Memorial Chapel is to the south and belongs to Garrett Seminary. The 70 by 100 foot plot of land was established in 1915 when it became a project of The Garden Club of Evanston to commemorate the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The garden is maintained by volunteer members of the Garden Club of Evanston. Information about renting the garden is attached. Proceeds go toward the purchase of plant material and other costs of the garden.

Contact: Kim Perutz

The Grove at Redfield Estate Wedding Photography

The Grove at the Redfield Estate National Historic Landmark

Website: https://www.glenviewparks.org/facilities-parks/redfield-estate/

Permit Fee: $50.00

Application Process: email Carol.Dilorenzo@glenviewparks.org to receive a permit application and reserve a date and time. 

Must be paid in full prior to the date of use.

Terms and Conditions: 

1. Those celebrating wedding ceremonies, receptions or other special occasions scheduled at Redfield Estate are welcome to take photographs or videos around the rental facility during their rental time at no additional fee.
2. Renter signing contract must be at least 21 years old. An adult must be present.
3. Payments are non-refundable. In case of inclement weather, contact us to reschedule.
4. This permit is void if the buildings or grounds are not usable due to an Act of God.
5. If indoor space is desired, use must be approved by Grove staff and additional fees may be required.
6. Please be mindful of other visitors, programs or events that may be taking place. Access to some locations may be restricted at The Grove’s discretion. Exercise care when setting up equipment. Stay on paths, do not disturb or pick plants. Do not block pathways or roads.
7. Serving of food and beverages will be permitted only during rental hours and with the specific location to be approved by Grove staff member. Catering info will be provided in the event user needs such services. Alcohol is prohibited. Recycling is mandatory. The Grove is a smoke-free facility.
8. Use of tents is prohibited unless otherwise permitted by the Director of The Grove.
9. Set-up and take down time must be included in the requested rental time period.
10. Loud speakers or amplified music must be pre-approved with guidelines for use.
11. Parking is free, however, location for parking your vehicles should be discussed and approved. Driving or parking on lawn areas is prohibited
12. Only Service animals are allowed. No pets.
13. Balloons are not allowed as they are harmful to the environment & wildlife.
14. User may not move or remove any furnishings of the buildings without consent. Any additional furniture or equipment you wish to bring onto the property must be pre-approved.
15. The Grove is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged personal items or equipment.
16. Users are responsible for clean-up of areas used, including buildings, outside areas, lawns, trails, parking lot. Facility renter shall be financially accountable for any unforeseen expenses which are incurred as a result of negligence by that renter.
17. A maintenance/damage deposit may be required. Any costs of extra maintenance/damage repairs will be deducted from that deposit. If maintenance/ damage costs exceed the deposit, the renter is still responsible for those costs. By signing the use permit, the signee agrees to accept this responsibility.
18. Certificates of Insurance may be required at the discretion of The Grove.
19. Use of Drones for video/filming/photography is strictly prohibited.

Additional Conditions

No activity in or use of property under this special permit is sponsored or supervised by the Glenview Park District. Neither the Glenview Park District nor its officers, servants, agents or employees shall be liable for damages, to the permittee or to any person claiming through permittee for injury to person or damage to or loss of property wherever located from any cause; this provision includes particularly but not exclusively all claims related to furnishing or consumption of alcohol or arising from the part of said building or structure being or becoming out of repair or from any equipment or apparatus located in the premises wheresoever, or from any act of neglect of the Glenview Park District, its agents or servants or of any user or occupant of such premises or of the neighboring property. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as a waiver of any immunity afforded Glenview Park District by law. The permit is not assignable.

Contact:
Carol Di Lorenzo 
The Grove Redfield Estate
1421 Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
847-298-0095
Carol.dilorenzo@glenviewparks.org

bride at rose terrace of the Chicago Botanic Garden before ceremony

Lake Katherine

Website: http://www.lakekatherine.org/wedding-group-photos.cfm

Permit Fee: $100.00

Application Process: Send the completed application to the office by fax or USPS, or drop it off in person

Terms & Conditions: All professional photographers, wedding parties, and groups large than 5 people taking photos/videos on Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens property are required to obtain a photography permit.

Permits are issued on a first come first served basis. A fee of $100 is charged for a one hour period. Time slots begin and end on the hour.

No more than three groups are allowed per hour.

Wedding parties may use the grounds for one hour only, and are limited to the couple, parents, and attendants totaling no more than 25 people.

Please keep in mind that Lake Katherine is open to the public and privacy cannot be guaranteed.

Contact: bridget.provost@lakekatherine.org
708- 361-1873

Morton Arboretum Photo Permit

Morton Arboretum

Website: https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-event/photography-permits

Permit Fee:

1-4 subjects = $50/member; $100 non-member
5-15 subjects = $175/member; $225 non-member
16-25 subjects = $225/member; $300 non-member

The permit fee includes the Arboretum entry fee for all members of the photography party. See chart below for current prices. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. For Prom pictures, parents and other guests are charged at a discounted rate of $10 per person (youth 2-17 are free). Your permit fee supports the mission of the Arboretum. The use of a credit card is the preferred method of payment.

Application Process: Complete the Google form “2019 Photo Permit Request” and follow instructions to submit the form. 2019 Photography Permit Online Request Form. Please note that if you need a permit in less than three (3) business days, complete the form as directed and add a $25 late fee to your order.

Please show the Gatehouse attendant a copy of your permit upon arrival. Security personnel may also ask for a copy of your permit to verify the number of people in your party.

Application Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZTeQvbw3kwEAkNdokr-byRr75J54T5GaU1_D6QLyrQsmVig/viewform

Terms & Conditions: Permit sales are subject to availability, and the permit must be applied for at least three days prior to the date of photography (a $25 fee is added to last minute transactions). The last permit on weekends (Fri – Sun) is good until 4 PM. See photo permit request form below for more information on fees and regulations. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. When you decide to hold your event at The Morton Arboretum, we will gladly waive the customary permit fee. All our permits are nonrefundable. However, in case of inclement weather, you can either reschedule or get a credit for another photo opportunity during the year the permit was issued for.

Contact: photography@mortonarb.org

St James Farm Photo Permit Wheaton

St James Farm

Website: https://www.dupageforest.org/things-to-do/get-outdoors

Permit Fee:

DuPage Residents – 200.00 annually; $55 one-time permit (maximum three hours)
Non DuPage Residents – 250.00 annually; $75 one-time permit (maximum three hours)

Application Process: Photographers can purchase a photography permit through Visitor Services at 630-933-7248. You are required to carry proof of insurance and must complete and return the still portrait photography permit application (PDF). Please allow three to five business days for processing.

Terms & Conditions: Commercial and “for profit” photography requires a valid permit in your possession.

• Carry your permit with you during any for-profit photo shoot, and present it to a Forest Preserve District agent for inspection if requested.
• Ensure your certificate of insurance remains current for the duration of your still portrait photography permit.
• If you have an annual permit, notify Visitor Services of all photo shoots at least three business days in advance.
• Hold photo shoots only during regular forest preserve hours (one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset), and make sure they do not last more than three hours. The Forest Preserve District may prohibit a shoot if you do not provide additional requested information or if the shoot might conflict with previously scheduled activities, damage property, affect other forest preserve visitors,or use restricted areas.
• The Forest Preserve District may restrict the number of people in a shoot or the use of models, sets or props. Props are especially restricted at Danada Equestrian Center, Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, Kline Creek Farm, Mayslake Peabody Estate and Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Alcoholic beverages are always prohibited.
• Park only in designated areas. Do not block trails, roads or parking lots or prevent other forest preserve visitors from accessing any areas. Your permit does not grant you exclusive use of an area.
• Do not disrupt Forest Preserve District employees or ask them to deviate from their normal duties to accommodate your shoot.
• Only photograph contracted participants; do not photograph other forest preserve visitors or Forest Preserve District employees or vehicles.
• Do not solicit, advertise or collect fees on Forest Preserve District property.
Annual permits are valid January – December only. Fees are nonrefundable, and permits are nontransferable. You can change a daily permit one time up to one week in advance for a $5 fee. There’s a $5 fee to replace a lost or stolen annual permit.

There may be additional fees for special requests such as permission to use oversized props, to drive to sites other than designated parking areas, or to hold photo shoots at certain locations.

As a permit holder you agree to abide by these rules and regulations as well as all Forest Preserve District ordinances and administrative orders and state statutes. You also understand that the Forest Preserve District may fine you or revoke your permit without refunding your permit fee if you supply false information on your application or fail to comply with any rules, regulations, ordinances, orders or statutes.

Contact: 630-933-7248

Waterfall Glen Photo Permit

Waterfall Glen

Website: https://www.dupageforest.org/places-to-go/forest-preserves/waterfall-glen

Permit Fee:

DuPage Residents – 200.00 annually; $55 one-time permit (maximum three hours)
Non DuPage Residents – 250.00 annually; $75 one-time permit (maximum three hours)

Application Process: Photographers can purchase a photography permit through Visitor Services at 630-933-7248. You are required to carry proof of insurance and must complete and return the still portrait photography permit application (PDF).

Please allow three to five business days for processing.

Terms & Conditions: Commercial and “for profit” photography requires a valid permit in your possession.

• Carry your permit with you during any for-profit photo shoot, and present it to a Forest Preserve District agent for inspection if requested.
• Ensure your certificate of insurance remains current for the duration of your still portrait photography permit.
• If you have an annual permit, notify Visitor Services of all photo shoots at least three business days in advance.
• Hold photo shoots only during regular forest preserve hours (one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset), and make sure they do not last more than three hours. The Forest Preserve District may prohibit a shoot if you do not provide additional requested information or if the shoot might conflict with previously scheduled activities, damage property, affect other forest preserve visitors,or use restricted areas.
• The Forest Preserve District may restrict the number of people in a shoot or the use of models, sets or props. Props are especially restricted at Danada Equestrian Center, Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, Kline Creek Farm, Mayslake Peabody Estate and Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Alcoholic beverages are always prohibited.
• Park only in designated areas. Do not block trails, roads or parking lots or prevent other forest preserve visitors from accessing any areas. Your permit does not grant you exclusive use of an area.
• Do not disrupt Forest Preserve District employees or ask them to deviate from their normal duties to accommodate your shoot.
• Only photograph contracted participants; do not photograph other forest preserve visitors or Forest Preserve District employees or vehicles.
• Do not solicit, advertise or collect fees on Forest Preserve District property.
Annual permits are valid January – December only. Fees are nonrefundable, and permits are nontransferable. You can change a daily permit one time up to one week in advance for a $5 fee. There’s a $5 fee to replace a lost or stolen annual permit.

There may be additional fees for special requests such as permission to use oversized props, to drive to sites other than designated parking areas, or to hold photo shoots at certain locations.

As a permit holder you agree to abide by these rules and regulations as well as all Forest Preserve District ordinances and administrative orders and state statutes. You also understand that the Forest Preserve District may fine you or revoke your permit without refunding your permit fee if you supply false information on your application or fail to comply with any rules, regulations, ordinances, orders or statutes.

Contact: 630-933-7248

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