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The Art Institute of Chicago Engagement Photos


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The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the city’s cultural prizes, a masterpiece collection of artwork housed in a stunning building that makes a fantastic location for your engagement shoot. 

The original building, constructed in 1893 for the World Columbian Exposition, was designed in a grand beaux-arts style of smooth, solid walls and impressive archways, giving it an old world feeling of regality. The entrance is guarded by two lion sculptures, each one weighing over two tons. Time has turned their copper forms a fascinating combination of blue and green. 

In the Art Institute garden, you’ll find a wonderland of geometric shapes, classical planters, and ivy-covered walls that will inspire you for a creative session. In the fall, you’ll be treated to a spectacular display of colors as the ivy turns red against the walls and the yellow leaves of the trees. The modern wing is reached by a bridge that also makes an excellent place to shoot with its clean angles. The building displays vertical lines that meet the roof at a perfect right angle, a spectacular sight. 

Its location and cultural importance as well as its variety of backdrops make the Art Institute of Chicago a fantastic spot for Chicago engagement photography.


Photo Permit Required: No

Admission Fee: $25 (subject to change), Free Admission on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Extraneous Camera Equipment Is Not Allowed in the Galleries

The Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago
IL, 60603
(312) 443-3600

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