girl wearing a yellow dress standing in a field of tall green grass

One question I’m often asked is where are my favorite locations in the city for photographs. While my senior sessions don’t revolve around me and my opinions, I will give input when asked and I always have my favorites! Also, when families schedule photo sessions they usually look to me for advice on locations and I’m always happy to provide it. So here is a list (with photos of course) of some of my favorite Chicago locations for photos:

 

  • Olive Park. I love Olive Park for the beautiful green grass, the gorgeous view of the lake and for the unbeatable view of the Chicago skyline. I’ve only gone to this location in the evening when the sun is dipping behind the buildings, which makes it even better. For some variety, I like to turn around and use Navy Pier as a back drop for some photos too. The only downside to Olive Park is parking is a little expensive on Navy Pier.

family of four with dog in olive park with chicago skyline behind them

  • Winnemac Park. I’ve been holding family photo sessions at Winnemac Park since I started my business 16 years ago and while the secret is now out (there are always a handful of photographers there!) I still love it! It’s so big and there are several places within the park for great photos that offer really different looks. In the spring and summer, it’s so lush and green. In the fall, it has the best autumn colors.

Winnemac park chicago teen photo

 

 

  • The Ledge. And to be clear, that’s the original ledge, not the new ledge. IFYKYK.

girl pink dress standing at lakefront chicago skyline

  • Ping Tom Memorial Park. This park is gorgeous and has really unique views, especially if you’re a northsider like me. My family had our photos taken here one year. I’ve taken a few senior photo sessions at this location as well. The city of Chicago is now requiring a permit for photo sessions at this location.

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  • My favorite beach location is not what you might think, it’s not North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach – those are way too busy. I prefer Montrose, where you have the added benefit of the bird sanctuary area that offers lots of greenery. It’s almost as if you aren’t even in Chicago.

 

girl wearing a yellow dress standing in a field of tall green grass

  • Lastly, I love a good El train photo. Now, this is not a location that I would take a family, but I think it’s a great place for a senior portrait, especially if it’s a city kid that’s taken the train to school everyday.

I hope you find this list of some of my favorite locations in Chicago helpful. This city offers so many amazing places for photos, it’s impossible to narrow it down! Everyday I discover a new place for photos!

If you’d like me to photograph you in one of these places or learn more about my sessions, please reach out via email or by phone! hello@shalimarbphotography.com or 773-230-5441 I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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