Best Engagement Session Locations in Chicago


What are the best engagement session locations in Chicago?

When you’re looking for an iconic location to take your engagement photographs, it is a city full of inspiring sights! Your future significant other is someone you’re ecstatic to be marrying, and you want to take engagement photographs that reflect how deeply in love you two are. With so many unique locations in the city of Chicago, the question isn’t if you can find the perfect engagement photo spot; it is how you will pick your favorite out of all the fantastic options the city provides! I have some of the best engagement session locations in Chicago that I believe help with taking some awesome photos! Chicago is a magical city, and by having your engagement photos taken at one of the places I’d recommend, you are sure to be delighted with the final result. It’s your special day and I aim to make the announcement about it reflect that!



Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk at South Pond.


This is by far the most popular location among my couples. No matter the season, this location is always a winner. Located just north of downtown by Lincoln Park Zoo, it features some iconic Chicago views reflected in a local pond. Absolutely breathtaking in summer and spectacular in fall, it features a lot of nature to include in your engagement photos. One of the most popular and sought-after structures – ‘The Honeycomb’, is also located here. Perfect spot far fro street noise. This location is super popular among families and tourists too (especially on weekends) so expect a crowd around you when you choose this spot for your engagement session or wedding day portraits.

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best engagement session locations in chicago



North Avenue Beach.

This popular beach is located within walking distance from Lincoln Park Boardwalk. It features one of the best views of the northern Chicago skyline. The combination of sand, beach vegetation, and skyscrapers create a unique backdrop for your photos you will not get anywhere else. Because it is so close to Lincoln Park, my couples and I often choose to shoot their engagement photos in Chicago at both locations and use one to dress up and the other for a more casual vibe.




Milton Olive Park


This secluded location brings you close to the North part of downtown, so close you feel like you can touch the city across the water! The park is popular among locals (and photographers) but not overcrowded at all! The observation deck facing the lakefront is so calming and peaceful. The view of the skyline at sunset and boats parked on the water rocking with waves…just wow. There is also a small beach where you can touch the lake and relax. It is also a great photo location for walking along the lake with your shoes in hand.


Adler Planetarium and Field Museum.


Adler Planetarium offers by far the most iconic view of the city skyline period. That’s why there is always a lot of people taking advantage of this opportunity. Don’t worry. You will get your piece of the view if you choose to have your session there 🙂 The area features a breathtaking backdrop day and night, so there is always a good time to visit. The North side of the Field Museum offers elegant locations with some iconic Chicago architecture, greenery, and city view comes as a bonus! That part of the city is not as crowded as the planetarium and just perfect for dressing up and enjoying a glass of champagne.



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Chicago Riverwalk & Wrigley Building.


We all love to admire the city skyline’s view, but Chicago is much more than that. If you’re looking to capture the essence of Chicago’s urban landscape, the Chicago Riverwalk is the ideal location for an engagement photoshoot. The Riverwalk is a beloved natural amenity in the midst of the city’s world-famous architecture.

The Riverwalk is a popular destination for couples seeking an urban feel for their engagement session. With the river, iconic Chicago bridges, boats, and skyscrapers as a backdrop, there are endless opportunities to capture stunning photos. The iconic Wrigley Building is also a top spot for admiring the city’s architecture and can add a touch of historic charm to your photos.

Combining the Riverwalk and the Wrigley Building creates the perfect setting for your city engagement session. Whether you’re looking for a classic or modern vibe, the Riverwalk offers a picturesque and unique location that will capture the essence of your love story amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.






Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.

I saved this location for last as this is a true gem among the best engagement session locations in Chicago burbs. Located about 45 minutes from the city in the western suburbs of Wheaton, IL is Cantigny Park. Cantigny Park is the 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor, and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It features beautiful flower arrangements, gardens, immaculate grounds, plenty of greenery, a historic mansion, and much more. It is a wonderful place to spend the day away from the city noise and do your romantic shoot! Chic, elegant and romantic, it doesn’t get any better than this when you plan your Chicago engagement session. Simply my favorite spot in the burbs, as it offers the sheer variety of backdrops and locations within walking distance.

I truly hope this guide will help you choose your spot among the best engagement session locations in Chicago.

At the end of the day, the best thing about your session is that you have each other. Your bond is what makes your photos truly special, and I would feel so lucky to be a part of capturing that magic.

So, get ready to have a blast during your engagement session and create memories that will last a lifetime.

I will be so pumped to help you plan it. Let’s DO THIS!



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