March 24, 2021

My Favorite Chicago Locations

Whether you’re from Chicago or just visiting, it’s hard to know where the best locations are photoshoots. To help you out a little bit, I’ve compiled a list of my go-to locations in the city. Each location has so many opportunities, whether you shoot fashion, couples, architecture, or just want some fresh Instagram content. 

Financial District

The Financial District is one of my favorite spots in Chicago (obviously, it’s in this post). This place screams business chic. It's perfect for street shots and wide angels, especially the iconic Board of Trade Building at the corner of LaSalle and Jackson or at the Old Post Office (pictured here). If you’re planning to shoot here, I definitely recommended stopping by on a weekend while it’s quiet from the hustle and bustle of 9-5s. 

Millennium Park

I promise, there's much more to Millennium Park than just the bean. This is one of my favorite locations to get a good mix of nature and urban vibes. You can see the city from almost every spot across the park but there are plenty of nature-y stops that will make you forget you're in a city. I also love incorporating both nature and city into my shots so this place is a go-to.

The Art Institute of Chicago

While shooting inside the Art Institute of Chicago is an absolute DREAM, the outside is just as amazing. On the south end of the building lies a breathtaking garden. Seriously, it’s like being transported out of the city. The front of the building is what everyone recognizes. The concrete steps and arched doorways have such a classic look and can be used in so many ways. It’s defiantly a traditional Chicago spot but for a good reason. To switch it up even more, the north side of the building has a modern edge. The row of white pillars is amazing if you want to add depth, dimension, and lines to your shot. If you get your angle right, you can get some of the city in the back as well. Honestly, can you be any more versatile?

The Wrigley Building

Again, a classic. I feel like everyone and their mom shoots here but there’s more than the wide-angle shot of the Wrigley building (but still get that shot because it’s awesome). There are so many other spots in the area to utilize as well! The front of the building has glamorous gold doors right next to the riverwalk, which is also an amazing spot (peep the photo). 

CTA Stations

Ok, you gotta be careful with this one. This is not a location you can rush through. The safety of you, your model, and other pedestrians matter more than getting the shot. Be patient, stay aware, and go with the flow. If you want a train incorporated in the shot, be prepared to wait between takes. Trains only come every so often so keep an eye on the train schedules and foot traffic.

North Avenue Beach

This is my all-time favorite spot for skyline shots. With the beach on one side and the skyline on the other, you can't go wrong with this location. There are so many angles, textures, and colors you can play with here. Plus the backlight opportunities are UNREAL.

Gold Coast

Chicago or Paris? With high-end shopping to drop-dead gorgeous churches, Gold Coast has it all. Close to the hustle and bustle of the Mag Mile, Oak Street Beach, and the John Hancock Building, the Gold Coast has so many areas to explore and shoot. Make sure to bring outfit changes for all the options!

The Riverwalk

This is kinda a broad one. The riverwalk spans many, many blocks through downtown Chicago but there are amazing views from almost every stop along the way. Oh, and definitely stop at a bridge or two while you're in the area!