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Photographing Chicago with Damian!

 

can be an exciting and challenging task, with such a variety of places it can be actually overwelling to choose the best ones. That is why I created this guide for you, so you can go and shot the most iconic spots in Chicago as well as those not so well-known.

I choose 8 places (will be adding more in the future) that I like a lot, that are easy to access, that are iconic, and a couple that are less known.

If you know more, or you want to let us know your favorite, leave a comment below!

1. Clark/Lake Parking

 

10 floors of different perspectives you can shot the Chicago “L” train, as well as few different streets. The cost of parking is $8 for the first 30 min.

Big windows give you great reflections, especially during the night, you can also play with trains on the south side of the building and long exposure.

Please be careful when you hang off the windows!

Location: Google Maps

2. Bahai Temple

 

Located in Wilmette, north of Chicago, great architectural piece, it is a famous photography spot, a lot of weddings or Instagram shots are taken here. Check the photos below and you will understand why!

Location: Google Maps

3. “Bean” – Cloud Gate

 

The place with the most tourists can be found with 0 people those days! Great opportunity, just be careful with security guys ;).

Location: Google Maps

4. Chicago Skyline

 

The best place (in my opinion) to take photos of the Chicago skyline is right next to Adler Planetarium. During the night and during the day you can get a perfect “American City” skyline, if you are very lucky you can even get reflection in water it that is super stady.

Location: Google Maps

5. North Beach

 

Another great place to shot the Chicago skyline. There is actually a place on Google that is named “Photography Point” so I don’t have to add anything. Great spot at night with a focal point on Hancock Tower.

Location: Google Maps

6. Lake Michigan Sunrise/Moonrise

 

Sunrises at Lake Michigan are pure magic! Waking up early pays off. What I often do is, actually checking the moon phases and time of moonrise, it is a great opportunity for some unique shots too.

Location: Entire shoreline!

7. “L” Train

 

There are thousands of photos of Chicago’s trains, it is the famous “L” train.

Are you looking for something more unique?

Just get on the last wagon of the train and be creative :).

Location: Entire Chicago

8. HERO Coffee Bar

 

Cute place to take some Instagram portraits! Such an interesting place that is not well-known around tourists or even Chicagoans.

Location: Google Maps

9. Chicago Theatre

 

One of the most iconic places in entire Chicago, great opportunity for photos during night hours.

Location: Google Maps

Photographing Chicago?

 

You must be creative, there are hundreds if not thousands of photographers in Chicago, and it seems like every place was photographed millions of times.

But you know what? Somehow every photo is different! Try to develop your own photography style and your own editing style, that will help you to be unique. Most importantly go there and have fun!

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