Where to take Wedding Day Photos in Chicago

Here in Chicago, we are lucky to have a plethora of amazing locations that are perfect for your wedding day photoshoots. From skyscrapers to green space, Chicago has it all.

TIP: As you are working on your wedding day itinerary, don't try to pack in too many locations! Pick your top TWO favorite spots at most, and then consider their proximity to each other, as well as proximity to your ceremony/reception venue. And then allocate twice as much travelling time from point to point as you normally would... things always run late on a wedding day. It takes much longer to gather and travel with a large bridal party, plus your photographer(s) and maybe your videographer(s). Not to mention when you've booked a limo/trolley/bus, they just are bigger and slower!

Here are some of our favorite Chicago photo spots:

The Financial District & Board of Trade Building (LaSalle & Adams):

 Chicago Cultural Center. Chinese Indian Wedding. Sweetchic Events.  Adam Novak Photography

Chicago Cultural Center. Chinese Indian Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Adam Novak Photography

 

The South McCormick Courtyard

This little gem is located directly south of The Art Institute of Chicago off Michigan Avenue!

 Rookery Wedding.  Kenny Kim Photography  . Sweetchic Events. The South McCormick Courtyard.

Rookery Wedding. Kenny Kim Photography . Sweetchic Events. The South McCormick Courtyard.

 

Millennium Park

This well-known Chicago attraction has several photo-op locations! Cloud Gate aka "The Bean"

 The Rookery. J Wiley Photography. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park Cloudgate. The Bean.

The Rookery. J Wiley Photography. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park Cloudgate. The Bean.

Chase Promenades at Millennium Park

 Newberry Library Wedding.  i Luv Photo . Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park. Chase Promenade

Newberry Library Wedding. i Luv Photo. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park. Chase Promenade

The Lurie Garden at Millennium Park

 Chicago History Museum.  Tib Tab Photography . Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park Lurie Garden.

Chicago History Museum. Tib Tab Photography. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park Lurie Garden.

 

Chicago Theater Sign

 Chicago Wedding.  Wes Craft Photography . Chicago Theater Sign.

Chicago Wedding. Wes Craft Photography. Chicago Theater Sign.

 

The State Street Bridge

 Trump Tower Wedding. Robin Sloan,  Riverbend Studio . Sweetchic Events. State Street Bridge

Trump Tower Wedding. Robin Sloan, Riverbend Studio. Sweetchic Events. State Street Bridge

 

The Kinzie Street Bridge

Ivy Room Wedding. Averyhouse. Sweetchic Events. Kinzie St. Bridge
Ivy Room Wedding. Averyhouse. Sweetchic Events. Kinzie St. Bridge
 

Your Favorite Chicago EL stop!

 Chicago El stop wedding photo  JessFoto . Sweetchic Events

Chicago El stop wedding photo JessFoto. Sweetchic Events

 

The Wrigley Building

 Sweetchic.  Brian Kinyon Photography . Chicago Rookery Wedding. Wrigley Building

Sweetchic. Brian Kinyon Photography. Chicago Rookery Wedding. Wrigley Building

Anne.Rick The Rookery. J Wiley Photography. Sweetchic Events. Wrigley Building
Anne.Rick The Rookery. J Wiley Photography. Sweetchic Events. Wrigley Building

No matter what side of the street you stand on..the view is gorgeous!

 

Milton Olive Park (near Navy Pier)

Here you get both greenery...

 River East Art Center.  Fragola Productions . Sweetchic Events. Olive Park

River East Art Center. Fragola Productions. Sweetchic Events. Olive Park

...and skyline!

  Fragola Productions . Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party Chicago Skyline. Milton Olive Park

Fragola Productions. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party Chicago Skyline. Milton Olive Park

 

 South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo

 Chicago Wedding. George Street Photography Sweetchic Events. South Pond Lincoln Park

Chicago Wedding. George Street Photography Sweetchic Events. South Pond Lincoln Park

 

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Tucked away in Lincoln Park off Fullerton Parkway (between Cannon Dr. & Stockton), I think this spot is one of the most magical locations for photos!

 Chicago Wedding.  Ann & Kam Photography . Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.

Chicago Wedding. Ann & Kam Photography. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.

 

Where in Chicago will you head to take photos on your wedding day?

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Engaged: Anne & Rick

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