It would be hard for anyone to argue with the statement that the most romantic spot for taking photos is the famous Chicago lake shore on Lake Michigan. There are miles of pristine beach and breakers from which to snap photos of that certain someone. In fact there are so many parks along this section of the city that it may well be hard to find the perfect location for your special photographic event. However, absolutely nothing is more breathtaking than an early evening shot looking east with the city as a backdrop as the sun slowly slides behind the world famous Sears tower. The evening lake breeze will blow her hair giving some stunning effects that would be hard to set up and even harder to predict. So plan on using a lot of shots but you will no doubt end up with many good shots and you are sure to land that once in a lifetime view of your love and the beautiful early nightscape of the windy city as the sun gives way to the glow of the lights from the many sky scrapers and famous buildings along Lakeshore Drive.
If you are looking for a classic spot for shooting a photograph in the city of Chicago there are many choices that could be chosen given the cities very diverse past. However, one thing that Chicago has long held as a claim to fame is the ancestry that is steeped in the era of the gangster. Many of the buildings in the downtown area just east of Lake Shore Drive will unveil a history rich in the gangster of Al Capone days. There are many restaurants here that still have original photographs of the likes of Luciano and Capone adorning the walls. The beauty here is that if you listen as you stand there it is not hard to imagine the hail of bullets from a Tommy gun in a passing car. Many of the old buildings in this are have been either left as they were in that era or have been painstakingly redone to be authentic in every way to the era that is Chicago in its hay day.
If you move a little farther into the city you will have no trouble finding this one. No visit to the Windy City is complete without a stop at the Rock and Roll McDonalds. It is in the area known as the near north side and is on Clark Avenue. This gives a whole new meaning to back to the future. You feel like you should grab your Bobbie Socks and pop a nickel in the jukebox so you can swing to the tunes. McDonalds has kept the feel of the old sock hop diner alive and well and mixed it with the fast food that the giant is known for. You can have a cheeseburger and fries at any time of the day or night and take time to snap some photos of yourself next to some great and authentic pieces of rock and roll history, it’s kind of like a common mans version of the Hard Rock Café.
Even though you might not consider this as a family spot for photo taking per say, it is something that absolutely no trip to Chicago is complete without. That is a trip to O’Hare International Airport. You can see or do just about anything here and for generations people from the area have come here simply to watch the plethora of planes taking off and landing at a pace that is sometimes mind boggling. You can get here either by driving down I-90 heading west, which is a toll road, or you can take the entire adventure and take the famous Chicago El train there and back. The El is the cities answer to the New York City subway only it is cleaner and operates mainly above ground. It gets it’s name for the fact that it is elevated, hence the El. So enroute to your photographic family destination at the airport you can see the city from the comfort of a train which will give you a unique feeling for the city and rare opportunities for photos on the trip there. Security is tight being an international airport but there are lots of great things to shoot here.
The one thing that is more than likely the most famous thing in the city is the Sears Tower. Here you can get an education on the history of the building and then take an express elevator to the observation deck of the tallest building in the country. Any time of the day presents a great chance to shoot photos here. You can shoot log away shots west of the suburbs and even O’Hare airport. On the east you will see the famous Chicago Pier and Lake Michigan and if you are lucky enough o time it right and are up there near dusk you can watch and unobstructed and absolutely awesome sunset looking wets toward Rockford down I-90. There is little about this adventure that does not lend its self to taking great pictures. And for those of you that like the feeling of tempting fate for that ultimate photograph, the Sky Deck offers a new glass bottom area where you can stand on glass and look down about 1,353 feet from a glass cubicle that is nearly five feet out off of the building. It is fun, it is thrilling and it is scary to almost anyone that does it. But it is, as they claim, as safe as a walk in the park. No matter what it is, the fact is that you will get some once in a lifetime photographs from here. In fact, about the only reason that you should fail to get a good photograph from the observation Sky Deck area of the Sears tower would be if your camera totally fails or if you have no camera to use.