Birthdays are important occasions to remember, and celebrating each new year with a birthday photoshoot can make each one feel unique. Whether you’re planning a celebration for a family member or friend, we’ve picked out some of our favorite birthday photoshoot ideas in Chicago to make your shoot extraordinary. Many of these event spaces are versatile enough that you can rent them out for a photoshoot and a party.
No matter the size or purpose of your venue, call up the Peerspace Concierge service if you need any additional gear added to your rental. And be sure to check with your host if you have any special requests, such as hosting live music or bringing your own decorations.
1. A converted storefront in Lincoln Park
This versatile event space in Lincoln Park can fit up to 50 people for a small- to medium-sized event. You’ll have several seating areas and a fully-equipped kitchen for you and your caterer to use. For photos, choose from the cozy living room, elegant dining table, or bar stools. You can also request A/V gear, including a projector and speakers, as well as colored lights, for your rental.
2. An all-white production space in Irving Park
Choose this venue if you’re looking for something with basic photo gear, as well as a seating area for you and your guests to celebrate. Set up a birthday photoshoot in front of the movable green wall or colored backdrops. There’s also a TV, several seating areas, and a kitchenette, making this a great choice for a birthday gathering for up to 30 guests. Caterers are welcome; tables and chairs are included.
3. A quirky, colorful venue in Goose Island
This eccentric event space is the perfect option for all of your offbeat birthday photoshoot ideas in Chicago. Every corner of this room is decorated in a distinct way, from black-and-white stripes on the ceiling to bright red kitchen cabinets and bar stools, giving it an Alice in Wonderland feel. With a foosball table and a sound system, this is a fun place to host a birthday tea party. Enjoy the views of Chicago from the floor-to-ceiling windows and the covered outdoor porch! There’s room for up to 30 people to fit comfortably in this venue.
4. An apartment with a private beach on the South Side
You can’t beat this two-for-one deal: a professional photo studio and private beach access! The studio space comes with seamless paper backdrops and lighting gear, including softboxes and speedlights. There’s also plenty of natural light, a steamer, and wardrobe rack. Once you’ve gotten your birthday portraits, head outside to the patio and private beach for some fashion or glamour shots during golden hour. Whether you keep it casual or get dressed up for the occasion, it’s a great place to bring your birthday photoshoot ideas in Chicago to life!
5. A verdant, beautiful loft space in South Loop
This loft is perfect for someone looking for an elegant space with a natural aesthetic. With plenty of natural light and plants throughout, you’ll have everything you need for a fashionable birthday photoshoot. White backdrops, a wardrobe rack, and steamer are included. There’s a separate seating area with a comfortable couch and wooden bookshelves for a warmer, cozier vibe. With room for up to 20 people, this is a great venue for an intimate birthday gathering. There’s a full kitchen on site, so you can bring your own food and drink. Or, call up the Concierge service to learn about professional catering options.
6. A colorful storefront studio in Pilsen
This newly renovated event space has just the right decor for your stylish birthday photoshoot ideas in Chicago. With antique furniture, wooden bookshelves, and ring chandeliers, this studio is the perfect place to get dressed up with a small group of friends. If you want to continue the party after the shoot, there’s an adjoining room that has space for up to 10 tables and 35 chiavari chairs. Enquire about catering options for a fully catered birthday feast!
7. An open-air courtyard in West Town
This venue has the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor spaces for a variety of memorable photo ops. Start your shoot in the open-air courtyard surrounded by white walls covered in vines. The brick wall features a blue arch door that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. Then, move inside to the cozy library nook, with comfortable furniture and wooden bookshelves lining the walls. You’ll also find a bright white room with a chandelier, an antique bathroom, and a yellow laundry area with an Escher-patterned floor. Whether you invite your friends for a party or just book the space for a photoshoot, you’ll be impressed by this inspiring venue!
8. A lovely speakeasy and screening room in Wicker Park
This venue is a great option for an adult’s birthday gathering, with stylish furniture and an antique piano to lend it a sophisticated flair. The highlight is the digital video projector that you can use to host your own private film screening. Sit back and relax on the comfortable couches and enjoy your special day!
9. A funky urban loft in Humboldt Park
This is another eclectic venue that’s suitable for a young adult or college student’s birthday. The colorful walls and furniture give it an energetic, artsy vibe that will look great in the background of your birthday photos. The indoor plants, piano, and multiple seating areas offer several different options to stage your shoot. There’s also a kitchenette that you or your caterer can use. Rent this out by the hour for a private photoshoot, or invite up to 75 guests to celebrate your birthday with you in a quirky, creative venue.
Birthday photoshoots aren’t just for kids: no matter your age, you can have a fun and memorable occasion at one of these versatile venues. From professional studios to event spaces that can fit dozens of guests, your event can be as big or small as you want it. If you need help finding a caterer or other services to go along with your booking, just ask your host or call up the Concierge service for personalized support!