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8 Engagement Photo Shoot Ideas in Chicago

When it comes to engagement photos, many couples are in a rush to take them shortly after the question gets popped. After all, what’s more exciting than sharing your happy news with the world? That being said, depending on what time of year it is in Chicago, a scenic outdoor shoot may not always be feasible. Therefore, we’ve compiled some engagement photo shoot ideas in Chicago that run the gamut from chic, vibey studios to unique urban locations, ensuring that regardless of where you decide to take them, your photos will not be like everyone else’s. Read on to learn more!

1.  Relax in this light-filled, spacious artist loft

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This dreamy Ukrainian Village Artist Loft, available to rent on Peerspace, is wide open, with 14-foot ceilings and huge windows that bring the sunlight in all day long. Interesting architectural details, such as a stone fireplace, angled walls, and exposed brick, will really make your portraits pop. The best part? This location is easily accessible from downtown, meaning you can finish the photo session with a date night at your favorite restaurant.

2. Capture a chic, sexy mood in this Pilsen urban loft

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What’s cooler than a neon sign that illuminates your love? It’s a permanent fixture in this Pilsen Urban Loft and Photo Studio and the perfect way to add a little “mood” to your engagement photos. The blue sectional adds an aesthetically-pleasing pop of color, and natural greenery brings warmth to the atmosphere. The lighting is perfect, and there’s enough furniture to give your pictures life. Alternatively, you can have everything moved out of the way to customize your own photos.

3. Feel the love in the air at South Stanley McCormick Memorial Court

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When everything turns shades of green and rose in the spring, the South Stanley McCormick Memorial Court is perfect for capturing photos. The spot is equally as amazing in the fall, when the rear wall of the garden is covered in multi-hued ivy. This is a fabulous (free) spot for nature-loving couples who want portraits with the trees and flowers in full bloom. The garden also has many intimate nooks, so even if you’re there on a busy day, you’re guaranteed to steal away and find space for some private photos.

4. Keep it classic at Millennium Park

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Whether you’ve been to Chicago or not, it’s likely you’ve heard of Cloud Gate — the famous bean-shaped art installation that is the focal point of Millennium Park. Therefore, it doesn’t get more iconic than this place when selecting the perfect engagement photo shoot idea. Whether you prefer the dramatic cityscape as your backdrop, or you opt for the Bean itself (which will distort your reflection and add an amusing element to your pictures), this Chicago landmark is totally timeless.

5. Tap into your playful side in this vibrant studio

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Calling all colorful personalities: this West Loop studio, available for rent on Peerspace, is far from drab or neutral. In fact, it doesn’t get any more quirky or unconventional than this space’s brick walls and hip finished concrete floors. With pops of color in the walls and vintage-inspired seating arrangements, there are so many opportunities to stage eclectic engagement shots in this brilliant locale. Fabric and beaded curtains amp up the effect in some of the space’s nooks, while others feature artwork on the walls. With an aesthetic this fun, you just may actually want to come back here for your engagement party.

6. Cozy up in a bright and quiet Ravenswood loft

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Dial up the charm the minute you walk into this beautiful Ravenswood loft. Highlighted by the space’s gorgeous natural light, its honey-hued hardwood floors and ceilings merge with the bare brick walls to create the ultimate sun-drenched interior. Whether you frame yourselves as Couple of the Year in front of a wall stacked with empty whitewashed picture frames, or you cozily settle into the sleek living space, you’ll be smiling long after your engagement shoot is over.

7. Canoodle near the Kinzie Street Bridge

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Say hello to classic Chicago views near the Kinzie Street Bridge. In fact, there are actually two bridges at the site. While the historic railroad bridge is permanently raised, you can galavant across the street bridge, which spans the Chicago River. Both of these bridges feature interesting steel beams and boast architectural structure that truly stands out when it comes to engagement photos. Between the strong, industrial vibes of the bridges and the romantic city views behind them, it’s a no-brainer to include on your list of engagement photo ideas in Chicago.

8. Enjoy the city skyline from this epic rooftop

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This West Loop Penthouse offers incomparable panoramic views of Chicago. A garden oasis floating above the city, this special space gives you both indoor and outdoor space to work with. Boasting a light-filled interior, gorgeous glass walls, and retractable windows to make the indoor-outdoor transition seamless, this is the kind of space you just may want to linger in afterward and celebrate your engagement with a few friends! Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the neighborhood: West Loop is filled with quaint brick alleyways and string lights — the stuff of magical photos.

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