Chicago Engagement Spots



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.



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.



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.


Chicago River

If you are one of the lucky few people who have access to a boat, you can’t beat the amazing view right on the Chicago River! Cruising down the river makes for a really special engagement shoot.

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Millennium Park

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.


Chicago Board of Trade

The iconic view down LaSalle Street of the Chicago Board of Trade is a classic engagement and wedding photo. This view has been the backdrop to many movies, including the Batman series.

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Olive Park

Located near Navy Pier, Olive Park is a gorgeous location for skyline and lake view. The jetty stretched over the lake makes a perfect spot to capture the lake with the city backdrop.


Oak Street Beach

With views of the Drake Hotel and the most beautiful condo buildings in Chicago sits 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.

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Honeycomb Pavillion

Right in the heart of the Lincoln Park south pond area is the honeycomb pavilion. It’s definitely not a secret spot and it’s very popular!


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.

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Fullerton Beach

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.


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.


Montrose Harbor

With harbor, skyline and beach views, Montrose Harbor is a beautiful spot for a summer beachside shoot.


Lincoln Park Conservatory

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.


Ohio Street Beach

Right near Olive Park, Ohio Street Beach is a beautiful beach with lake and city views. And you can have fun playing on the beach!


Buckingham Fountain

The iconic fountain located in Grant Park is a romantic spot for a proposal.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

If you are looking for a hot spot in the winter or just some lush green nature, the Garfield Park

Conservatory is a beautiful spot in the city. You will need to have a permit for engagement shoots.


Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park is a lovely park with a boat house, pond and every changing foliage.

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West Loop

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.


Museum of Science & Industry

Anyone familiar with the Chicago world’s fair and the book, “The Devil and the White City” knows this iconic building. Known as the white city, the Museum of Science & Industry features cobble stone sidewalks, grand columns and the white stone facade. The perfect time for Museum of Science & Industry engagement is in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

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Museum Campus

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.


Logan Square

Logan Square is a fun neighborhood filled with fun restaurants and bars and a beautiful red brick church near the city center.


Northwestern Campus

Whether you went to Northwestern University or just love the campus, it’s a great spot for engagement photos.