10 Sultry Valentine’s Day Photoshoot Ideas in Chicago

Looking for a way to make this year’s Valentine’s Day unforgettable for your sweetheart? Candy hearts and flowers are so cliché. They don’t even last for the month, let alone a lifetime. So, why not celebrate your undying romance by snapping some photos that will last forever? Winters in Chicago might be cold and bleak, but there’s no shortage of sultry and romantic venues scattered all across the city like rose petals. We’ve gathered together our top Valentine’s Day photoshoot ideas in Chicago, helping you create a sultry keepsake that you and your sweetheart will treasure for years to come.

1. Add spice to your photos at this industrial loft 

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Our first Valentine’s Day photoshoot idea in Chicago was staged with romance in mind. Located in what used to be a Chicago Spice Factory, the loft was designed especially for Valentine’s Day. Original wooden beams and brick work lend a soulful touch to the loft.

And every ounce of the designer’s passion comes through in the studio’s airy and feminine décor. You can cuddle up on the leather-bound sofa with your sweetheart for a couple’s session, or stretch out solo on the four-poster bed, creating a flirty masterpiece that’s sure to knock your partner’s socks off. 

2. Inspire #FOMO at the Midnight Cinema Studios

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Want to visit a Hollywood-style film studio without having to leave the Windy City? The “#1 Studio space in Chicago for conceptual design,” the Midnight Cinema Studios was designed by filmmakers for filmmakers. And it sports some seriously alluring production sets.

The sets here rotate every month, so there’s always something new and exciting to discover. Because no two photo sessions here are exactly alike, you’ll get to take completely unique Valentine’s photos that no one else will be able to replicate—unless they book a session for themselves on Peerspace before the set disappears forever! 

3. Roleplay with your Valentine at a Pirate Dungeon

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While arranging a photoshoot with Orlando Bloom is a little out of our league, at our kookiest Valentine’s Day photoshoot idea in Chicago, you can still bring your Pirates of the Caribbean fantasies to life. Designed by Chicago filmmakers and theater personnel, this one-of-a-kind Pirate Dungeon was specially created to evoke the mystery of a seaside lair. It’s an excellent choice for sweethearts who are into cosplay or anyone else who wants a dark, dramatic place to shoot their photos. Take to the Seven Seas and book your session on Peerspace today. 

4. Flashback to the ’80s at this Art Deco cottage

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Can’t decide wether you want ‘50s or ‘80s design elements in your photos? You don’t have to choose at our next listing! Formerly an 1885 workers cottage, this Bridgeport home is loaded with colorful décor in Art Deco, brutalism, Aztec, and mid-century styles. Eclectic, seductive, and just the right amount of funky, this vintage-inspired cottage offers plenty of retro vibes for your Valentine photos. Just flip on the neon lights and remember to tease your hair.


5. This West Town loft is snug and spacious all at once 

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With more than 3,000 square feet of space to shoot in, this urban loft has plenty of room to spread out. Raw brick walls, polished dark flooring, high ceilings, and the exposed ventilation system offer industrial character. And plush furniture, cozy rugs, and rustic accent pieces give the space a homey vibe.

You’ll definitely feel the sparks flying when you pose for a photo beside the wood-burning stove. You can even gets discounts on your session when you book during a weekday on Peerspace.

6. Add a pop of pink at this Instagrammable Dollhouse Inn

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Pink and romance go together like cupid and his arrows. And our next photoshoot venue has enough pink to have to keep you living la vie en rose until Valentine’s Day next year. Sitting pretty at the Southside of Chicago, visiting the Dollhouse Inn is like walking straight into Barbie’s Dreamhouse—if Barbie was an Instagram influencer.

Every inch of this 70’s-inspired abode is filled with photo-worthy spots to bring your Valentine’s Day pics to life. You’ll definitely feel as cute as a doll when you book a photoshoot session on Peerspace

7. Bathe in dramatic natural light at this Lower West Side sanctuary

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If you and your Valentine are into all things shabby-chic, this high-ceiling studio has rustic charm for days. Located in a historic building in the bustling Pilsen neighborhood, the studio operates as a wellness clinic most of the time. That calming charm certainly extends to the space.

Awash with natural light, you’ll find antique furniture, a soothing array of plants, patina walls, and stamped-tin ceilings to breathe character into your photos. You’ll definitely feel inner peace the moment you cross the threshold with your sweetheart. 

8. Bask in your own secret garden at this West Town loft

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Looking for Valentine’s Day photoshoot ideas in Chicago with an outdoor space? You and your partner will have a private courtyard all to yourselves at this beautiful open-air loft. Formerly an old soda pop factory, this recently renovated home has been subject to its fair share of attention, including being named as “Luxury House of the Week” by Crains Chicago.

You’ll have full access to an open concept kitchen and living space, eccentric library and sitting room, and the home’s main draw—the stunning open courtyard, adorned with a lush blanket of ivy. It’s a slice of country paradise right in the heart of the West Side. Your pictures will be dripping with moody mystique. 

9. This city view condo strikes all the right notes

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Fancy a Valentine’s photoshoot that celebrates the finer things in life? Perched high atop a Northside skyscraper, this premium condominium boasts gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline and waterside. You can recognize several city landmarks from it’s vast rows of windows, including the Navy Pier and Willis Tower.

A grand piano, smoldering fireplace, elegant bar, and plenty of other refined touches lend a seductive coziness to this luxurious space. The views are especially stunning during the sunset—when the whole city starts to glow. 

10. Embrace European romance at this French Manor

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Our final offering is around a 20-minute drive north of Chicago, but it’s well worth the trip if you’re craving a secluded, pastoral venue for your Valentine photos. This century-old home is oozing with luxe European influences, from the beautiful architectural style, to the antique furnishings, to the designer glass windows.

Outside, you’ll find a manicured English garden designed by renowned landscape designer Craig Bergmann, which is especially magical covered in a blanket of snow. Both outdoors and indoors, you’ll find plenty of picture-perfect spots here to bring your Valentine’s Day photos to life! 

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