Monday, July 21, 2014

Our 5 Favorite Photo Locations in the Chicago Suburbs

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It’s no secret that I adore Chicago — after all, I spent my last segment raving about all the amazing photo destinations the city has to offer. But if you’re looking to exchange skyscrapers and busy streets for a more intimate feel, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a host of photo gems available beyond the city limits. And trust me — they’re stunning!

Escape the hustle and bustle and take a look at our favorite suburban photo spots!

Independence Grove: Panoramic lakefront views, secluded walking trails — you name it, this Libertyville-based hideaway has it! The surrounding prairieland and woods create the most beautiful natural backdrop, especially during the autumn season. The area is also available for weddings (score)!

Cantigny Park: Looking for a little bit of history? This venue’s got all of that and then some! Formerly the estate of Chicago Tribune publishers Joseph Medill and his grandson, Col. Robert R. McCormick, Cantigny hosts 500 acres worth of gardens and nature walkways, not to mention a gorgeous 20th-century mansion. Translation? Photography gold! Just be sure to give their office a call and make arrangements ahead of time!

Morton Arboretum: An enchanted natural paradise, right in the middle of the Western Suburbs. The Arboretum is truly one of the most stunning locations in the entire Chicagoland area, with thousands of different species of native and exotic plant life...all of which provide the perfect scenery for your photos. Plus, it’s open year-round!

Wilder Mansion: Once in awhile, I’m lucky to discover a landmark that never fades in beauty — rather, it grows even more beautiful with time. Wilder Mansion, ladies and gents, is one of those rare spots. With stately columns and timeless architecture, the mansion itself is enough to make your photos pop. For a change in scenery, take your photographer to the neighboring greenhouse, another one of Wilder’s most popular features.

Historic Oak Park: Are you and your hubby-to-be architecture buffs? Soak in the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright and other cultural icons in this charming neighborhood. You can pose next to stunning centuries-old buildings and vintage shops, or roam the cobblestone paths near Marion Street. It’s all just a few miles west of the city!

Having a tough time picking just one location? Try sitting down with your photographer to develop a plan. It’ll make the process so much easier! And don’t forget — they’re your photos! So, let go and let your personalities shine through!


Thank you very much to George Street Photo & Video for sharing their favorite photo locations in the Chicagoland suburbs! Visit Amanda and the George Street team at or check them out on Facebook. For more information call 866.831.4103 or email

Images courtesy of George Street Photo and Video

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