Chicago is a beautiful city with one of the best skylines in the world, which is precisely why picking out just a few favorites from the many stunning locations it offers can get a little tricky.

Your photographer can always help narrow down the options a bit based on your timeline and I have a great list to get you started. These are my top five photo locations along with what makes them a good choice for couples on their wedding day.

1. Olive Park – Located next to Navy Pier and very close to the loop, Olive Park is the go to for the best skyline views over the lake if you do not wish to venture out to the Museum Campus or North Avenue beach on a busy summer day. Other than the unique views of the city, the park also has several nature backdrops with tall trees that look particularly gorgeous in October when their leaves turn bright yellow.

2. The Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue – Perhaps the most famous location of all, but well justified and worth the extra effort in dealing with tourists, street performers and other wedding parties. Plan a little extra time here as you will need it, but in one 360 degree swoop you will get river views, Michigan Avenue in both directions and those beautiful gold doors right in front of the Wrigley Building. And yet that is not everything. You can also go across the street by Tribune Tower and down by the river for more photo worthy true Chicago backdrops.

3. LaSalle Bridge – My favorite bridge of all. Although Lake Street is a pretty close second. Another one stop shop kind of location. Notice a trend here? I love places that have a lot to offer because you don’t have a whole lot of time on the day of the wedding to run around all over Chicago for pictures. LaSalle Bridge is a beauty! Gorgeous from every angle. But the best part of all is that you can get those middle of the street shots while not exactly standing in the middle of traffic.

4. Lyric Opera – Close enough to the action and perfect year round. It has covered areas in case of rain, but you can also step right in front or around the building for more angles of this iconic Chicago building.

5. Lincoln Park (South Pond) – Not downtown, but close enough if your wedding day timeline allows it. Plan for this to be your only picture location as it tends to be a very busy one. However, you will get everything from skyline views to nature, wild flowers (depending on the season), the honeycomb or that signature Chicago greystone look by the Ulysses Grant Monument.

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