7 Dreamy Chicago Engagement Session Locations

I think we can all agree - Chicago is a pretty dreamy backdrop for pictures with your boo, right?! As a wedding photographer, I love when my couples choose downtown locations for their engagement session. The skyline is gorgeous, Lake Michigan provides an ideal setting for lakeside portraits, and there's always so much going on in the city streets to add a little life to the session.

While there are countless beautiful locations all over the city to take your pictures, these are my FAVORITE picks! I find myself working there over & over and swooning every time. As you're planning your engagement session, keep these pretty places in mind!

1. The Wrigley Building on Michigan Ave

I love this location because you get pretty, elegant skyline views & have lots of nearby places to walk to for good variety in your pictures.

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2. North Avenue Beach

If you're an early riser & love the look of sunrise pictures, North Avenue Beach is a MUST. Something about the light around the pier creates a dreamy glow that I can't get enough of!

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3. Lurie Garden

A little bit of nature mixed with the city skyline makes Lurie Garden a unique place for your portraits. Plus, it's tucked away from the busyness of the city, creating an ideal setting for intimate portraits. If your session is scheduled in late spring or summer, I highly recommend making a stop here. 

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4. Olive Park

If I had to choose one location for a session, I'd pick Olive Park in a heartbeat. The skyline views with Lake Michigan are PHE-NOM-ENAL. When you catch the sunset light just right, it's the dreamiest location for romantic pictures with your love!

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5. Millennium Park & Surrounding Area

Because of it's location & tourist draw, Millennium Park and the surrounding area really capture the hustle & bustle feel of Chicago, especially during the warm summer evenings!

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6. Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

This one isn't quite downtown, but it's just a quick Uber trip away & totally worth the extra few minutes. There are so many pretty settings here for nature lovers, and you can't miss taking a few quick portraits at the Honeycomb!

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7. The Loop

Walking the streets of the Loop, it's easy to find killer backgrounds & favorite Chicago landmarks to capture the heart of the city in your portraits. 

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Wherever you choose for your engagement session, it's sure to be special because it's a chance to hit pause and spend time celebrating your love & relationship as you prepare for your big day! 

Want to see more? Check out full sessions here!

OLIVE PARK CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT SESSION | CECELIA & FRANZ

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We met for coffee right before Christmas and Cecelia and Franz excitedly told me about their wedding day plans for this September. These two (and their dog, Stout) are so sweet! They braved a cold day in downtown Chicago for their engagement session and were nothing but smiles the whole time. I am so very excited for their wedding later this year! Enjoy these sneak peeks from their engagement session. :) 

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DOWNTOWN CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT SESSION | DARA & GABE

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Oh, Dara and Gabe! These two are the loveliest couple and I had to make sure their sweet downtown Chicago engagement session made it to the blog. 

It was a hot evening last July when we met up - just 5 days before their wedding! One of my favorite things about their wedding day was the joyful anticipation you could FEEL infused in every part of their day. And their engagement session was no different! You can see it in their eyes and their smiles: these two adore each other, and were so excited to become husband and wife. 

Dara and Gabe are both talented dancers (check out their gorgeous lift a few photos down!), and were both so naturally graceful their entire session. We had so much fun walking through downtown Chicago and Olive Park, talking about their upcoming wedding and taking a few minutes to just breathe. 

While they both could clearly be models, I think the most beautiful thing about Dara and Gabe is their hearts. They are kind and sweet to each other, warm and friendly to each person they interact with, and considerate and loving to the friends and family who gathered with them to celebrate the start of their lives together. Enjoy these sweet moments from their engagement session, and make sure to see their beautiful wedding too! 

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CANTIGNY PARK WHEATON ILLINOIS ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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I'm so excited to share Emily & Michael's engagement session! These two are getting married in August and wanted to take engagement portraits close to home at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. We also grabbed a few adorable pictures with their dog, Sadie! She is so sweet and cute - see below for her glamour shot. I can't wait for your wedding this year! 

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