The city has so many amazing spots for beautiful Chicago engagement photos. Here are the best Chicago engagement photography locations, from the lakefront to the urban bridges.
Chicago Wrigley Building
This is definitely not a secret spot and nearly impossible to shoot there when there are not tourists. But, it’s popular for a reason. It’s beautiful.
Michigan Avenue / Chicago Riverwalk
This section of the Chicago Riverwalk for engagement shoots is my sweet spot! Anywhere around Michigan Avenue is always crowded, but there are a few secret spots where you can escape the crowds.
Chicago Riverwalk West / The Jetty
The Jetty is the very west end of the Riverwalk where the river branches. It’s the newest section of the riverwalk with fantastic view of the towering glass buildings that bounce sunlight around.
This is another of my favorite secret engagement shoot spots. If you can brave the trip through lower wacker drive, the view is incredible. And trust me, no tourists venture down there! And bonus, if it’s raining, you are mostly sheltered from the rain.
Millennium Park has so many great spots. My favorite is the garden. The lush flowers and foliage against the cement and glass buildings are a beautiful contrast.
Of course the most popular spot for Chicago engagement photos around Museum Campus is the skyline view by the Planetarium. But there are so many other little spots around the different museums that are stunning.
Olive Park & Oak Street Beach
North Avenue Beach
Any movie shot around the lakefront features this view. It’s the classic Chicago shot with the Drake Hotel and Hancock Building in the background.
Lincoln Park South Pond
The Lincoln Park pond area is a great spot for engagement photos almost all year round. In the summer, it overflows with flowers and vegetation. With views of the city and the honeycomb structure in the middle of the pond, there’s a lot of beautiful backdrops.
Lincoln Park North Pond
On the other side of Fullerton is a secluded pond that has a pier so you can feel like you are in the middle of the pond.
With skyline and lake views, this is a romantic spot for engagement photos. On a beautiful sunny day, it will be crowded, so get your photoshop brush out to eliminate the runners and bikers going by.
Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool
Unless you know this lovely spot is there, you’d likely walk by and never know it. Alfred Caldwell spent his own money to create this beautiful oasis for the public to enjoy. The pool eventually fell into ruin after years of neglect, but it was restored to its original beauty in 1997.
There is something so romantic about the magnificent bridges lining the Chicago River. The Wells Street bridge is one of my favorites with the L train running on top of the bridge. If you go during an off time, you can shoot right in the middle of the street with little oncoming traffic.
The West Loop area is perfect for more urban grunge engagement photos. With bridges, brick industrial buildings and the river, it’s a great combination for urban style.