Best places to shoot your holiday photos in Chicago

When the leaves change color and the temps cool, it can only mean one thing—holiday photo time. Families everywhere are scrambling to get their photos done in time.

So I asked top family photographers around Chicago about their favorite places to photograph in the city so you don’t have to worry where to take your next holiday photo.

Humboldt Park

Photographer Shin Lim of Shin Photography says this city park is one of her favorites because it’s “never crowded” and you rarely have to worry about people photobombing your photos. A good alternative to Lincoln Park, the lagoon setting, bridge and park benches provide scenic backdrops and the park boathouse provides a spot for changing outfits or getting a snack before the shoot.

Waldorf Astoria and Gold Coast

Edyta Grazman of Edyta Grazman Photography loves the Gold Coast and especially the sidewalks in front of the swanky Waldorf Astoria hotel for an “urban look.” Since city sessions are her “absolute favorite,” she also recommends looking on Walton Street for a good cityscape and Mariano Park in the heart of the restaurant scene.

900 N. Michigan Ave.

Meghan McLaughlin-Polaniecki of Mom of Three Photography says if the weather gets cold, it’s easy to warm up to family photos inside this Michigan Avenue mall. The Christmas tree inside makes for a beautiful backdrop and the mall itself has nice lighting for photos. Plus, you can’t beat the temperature!

Outdoor color

Thomas Kubik of TK Photography says this time of year is perfect for outdoor color. He suggests shooting on the new bridge that connects Millennium Park with Maggie Daley Park—the bridge shows the red color of the trees below that lead to the art museum. If you’re looking for something more traditional, the South Pond in Lincoln Park is the quintessential Chicago backdrop.

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