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Capturing the Charm: Best Photography Locations in the Chicago Suburbs

When it comes to finding the perfect backdrop for your next photo session, the Chicago suburbs are teeming with hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From cascading waterfalls to historic landmarks, there's no shortage of picturesque spots to explore with your camera in hand. Here are some of the best photography locations in the Chicago suburbs that are sure to elevate your next shoot.

1. Waterfall Glen (Lemont):

Nestled within the sprawling acres of Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve lies a photographer's paradise. Nature enthusiasts and shutterbugs alike flock to this serene oasis to bask in the beauty of its winding trails, lush foliage, and, of course, its breathtaking waterfall. While it may get crowded at times, the ethereal charm of this place lends itself perfectly to capturing stunning images. One of my go-to spots for engagement photoshoots.

2. Front Street (Lemont):

Step back in time as you stroll through the quaint streets of downtown Lemont, where history and charm converge to create the perfect setting for your next photo session. Park next to The Bridge wedding venue and walk along the scenic I&M canal. With its abundance of murals and hidden gems, Lemont offers endless opportunities for capturing both urban and natural beauty.

3. Gilbert Park (Downers Grove):

If you're looking for a tranquil vibe in nature for either a family portrait or engagement session, Downers Grove's Gilbert Park is the place. Trust me. This idyllic setting boasts a picturesque walking path and a stunning bridge overlooking a peaceful creek, where light and shadow creates stunning imagery (in my opinion).

4. Swallow Cliff Woods (Palos Park):

Calling all family portrait photographers! There's not a spot in Swallow Cliff Woods that wouldn't make for an amazing backdrop. This expansive forest preserve (which used to be the site of their infamous toboggan rides) has high bluffs, massive trees, paths, greenery and the prettiest flowers.

5. Bambrick Park (Lemont:

Tucked away in the heart of Lemont lies Bambrick Park, a true hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its open fields and towering trees, this verdant oasis is the ideal setting for capturing the golden hour glow in all its glory.

6. Wilder Mansion (Elmhurst):

Celebrate life's special moments amidst the timeless elegance of Wilder Mansion. Whether you're snapping holiday cards or capturing cherished family portraits, this historic landmark offers a myriad of captivating backdrops, from the pristine white house to sprawling fields bathed in soft, golden light.

7. Wildflower Farm (Monee):

Venture out to Monee and discover the enchanting beauty of Wildflower Farm, where fields of vibrant blooms await. While a permit and a longer drive may be required, the breathtaking display of flowers, including stunning sunflowers, makes it well worth the journey for a truly unforgettable photo shoot experience.

The Chicago suburbs are brimming with captivating photography locations just waiting to be explored. Whether you're drawn to the natural splendor of Waterfall Glen or the historic charm of downtown Lemont, there's no shortage of inspiration to be found. So grab your camera and get ready to capture the beauty of the suburbs in all their glory.


Brigid Presecky

Hilltop Photo Co.


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