1. Millennium Park – “The Bean”
Without a doubt one of the most interesting things to shoot in Millennium Park is the huge reflective sculpture The Cloud, nicknamed ‘The Bean” for it’s legume-like shape. Try to change up your angle and proximity to the sculpture while you’re shooting. Sometimes showing less is more.
2. Garfield Park Conservatory
Love nature and plant photography? This is a great place to capture thousands of species of local and exotic plants in one stop. Move through 8 different houses showcasing different varieties of plants. Plants are coupled with permanent and changing art installations, like stained glass and light works.
3. Navy Pier
If you’re looking for a full day of shooting in Chicago – this is the place to go. From water, fireworks and ferris wheels, to the historic Chicago Cultural Center & much more, this location will have you practicing tons of photography techniques.
We voted Navy Pier as the best night photography location in Chicago, especially during the summer months.
4. Osaka Garden (Seasonal)
A tranquil Japanese-style garden with a stunning view of the Museum of Science and Industry. Take a leisurely walk through the park and over the footbridges while capturing beautiful plants and wildlife (and not so wild Coy Fish).
Getting there and parking can be tricky, but it’s well worth it in the end.
5. Oak Street Beach
Another one for the photographer that likes to get outside! Practice high-speed and long exposures on the beech. Shooting an hour before sunrise or an hour after will really make these shots pop, and allow for longer exposures.
6. Magnificent Mile – Michigan Ave
After your visit to Millennium Park, walk Magnificent Mile past the Chicago Water Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, and do a little shopping.
7. Chicago Cultural Center
Amazing architecture, free admission and excellent art exhibits – what could be better? Your challenge – capture the beautiful stained glass ceiling in a new and exciting way.