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Mid-Century Modern CreativePhoto/Production Studio
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Industrial Refurbished 1962 Urban Warehouse
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Unique Creator Studio w/ Custom Lights & Equipment
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✨Spacious & Bright Loft with Exposed Brick✨
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Loft Spotlights & Neon space
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Sunny Corner Studio Backdrops & Equipment included
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Jerry B.
$ 250
2 hours
15 people
a month ago
This Place Is wonderful Great Host They will definitely make sure you have a great event in what ever you are doing here I and my team enjoyed the time Being!!-SOB Jerro
Andre T.
$ 1800
18 hours
5 people
3 months ago
This place was perfect ! Very accommodating ! I would recommend any thats need open work space to definitely book ! ACW did ! And we loved it !
Draysta F.
$ 200
2 hours
15 people
5 months ago
Best spot ever!! Love using this place and working with Jose!! Very accommodating! Will DEFINITELY use again and again and again........
James T.
$ 296
5 hours
45 people
6 months ago
Everything went great! No hassles! Set was smooth and with the help of Jose and some of his ideas we was able to get some amazing footage and performances for this place... We will definitely be returning to do more work. Thank you Clark and Jose!! I wouldn't wanna do business anywhere else!!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Photo Shoot venues

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Chicago?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Chicago on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
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How many Photo Shoot locations are available in Chicago?
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What payment methods does Giggster accept for Chicago bookings?
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What is the cancellation policy for Chicago guests on Giggster?
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Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Chicago booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Chicago?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Chicago is $73 per hour.
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What is the price range for Photo Shoot locations in Chicago, IL?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $35 to $125.
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About Chicago

On the shores of Lake Michigan in the northeast sector of Illinois, you’ll find one of our country’s largest and most active cities: Chicago. Deemed The Windy City, Chicago is subject to some very harsh winters and opposingly hot summers, but that doesn’t stop it from being a fascinating cultural and business hub in the midwest. It is also home to a litany of museums and scores of major universities like the University of Chicago, Loyola, and Northwestern.

Famous for its amazing food, groundbreaking music and art scenes, and major universities, this city breeds inspiration without even trying. That is why booking a Chicago photo shoot location is going to be one of the best decisions you’ve made all week.

With its towering architecture, busy streets, and beautiful scenery, Chicago has no shortage of venues and backdrops that would be perfect for your needs. So, whether you’re looking for something sleek and business, or fun and free, you’ll find that and more in Chicago.

Photo Shoot Options in Chicago

When it comes to setting up a photo shoot location in Chicago, you are going to need a few things to get started. Doing your first photo shoot can be daunting, but here are a few of the essentials to help set you up for success:

  • Camera
    Obviously, the most essential component to the photo shoot will be the camera. Making sure you have the right camera is important, but equally important is having the right lenses. Bring a camera bag with all of your backup equipment like batteries, different lenses, and SD cards. Then you are ready to take on any challenge the shoot may throw at you.

  • Lighting
    Once you dive into the lighting world, you will find more options than you can imagine. Appropriate lighting will highlight the parts of the shoot on which you wish your audience to focus, and darken the areas that need less attention. Lighting will help set the mood of the session as well as the time. You can make it midday in the desert, nighttime in the forest, or in an interrogation room at the local police department.

  • Props
    Not all photo shoots need props, but it adds that extra layer of authenticity and helps build the story of the scene. They can even have some functionality, like stuffed animals at a baby’s photo shoot to help them focus or stay distracted while you do your work. Props can include things with which the subject interacts like coffee cups or a football, or they can be background things like tables, chairs, and bookshelves.

  • Photo Editing Software
    It is rare to capture the exact perfect shot without the aid of editing software, and that is why this is a crucial tool for photographers. Photo editing software can help you get the color levels perfect, eliminate aspects of the shot that hinder the picture, or just help bring your picture to life.

Photo Shoot Companies in Chicago

Here are a few local companies at your disposal that can help you get your next Chicago photo shoot location set up.

  • Chicago Props
    Anything you could possibly think of to bring some authenticity to your photo shoot in Chicago, Chicago Props has it. From fabric to furniture, this place is a fantastic resource. Their 36,000 square foot warehouse is one of the largest in the city.

  • Best Buy
    If you are looking for a place that sells good photo editing software, Best Buy is tried and true. They stock all the best quality brands at every price range so you can pick the software that is right for you and your project.

  • Dodd Camera
    When it comes to camera equipment, Dodd Camera has everything from lighting options to different lenses to classes and courses that will help you perfect your skills. Sony, Kodak, Canon and more are featured suppliers.

Pros and Cons of Photo Shoots in Chicago

No matter the city in which you plan to do your photo shoot, you will find some pros and cons. Weigh out the options for yourself to see where in the city works best.


  • Public transport
    Chicago has very reliable transportation, more so than most major cities in America. Between the train, the buses, and the taxis, you will be able to get just about anywhere on time without a car.

  • Friendly, diverse people
    Chicago is known for its friendly residents and its vast array of people. With a group like this, you will have no problem finding the perfect crew for your photo shoot.

  • Cultural and artistic hub
    With many cultures comes a diversity of art, making Chicago an opportune place to host a photo shoot. Whether it’s people, backdrops, or ideas, Chicago has tons of great options.


  • Harsh winters
    If mountains of snow, gripping temperatures, and whipping winds aren’t something you know, this city will teach you all about the cold. The winters here are harsh, to say the least.

  • A lot of concrete (no nature)
    Hopefully, you do not need the inspiration of nature for your event because Chicago is lacking in that department. Concrete as far as the eye can see makes green spaces a rarity here.

  • Terrible traffic
    Planning to drive to your location? Better adjust your schedule to compensate for the traffic. Traffic on the Dan Ryan or Lakeshore Drive at the wrong time can add heavy time to your commute.

Famous Locations in Chicago

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    What is more exciting than seeing rare and magnificent animals from all over the world in one place? Make sure to visit the sought-after Lincoln Park Zoo where you and the family can get up-close and personal with hundreds of exotic creatures! Learn all about where they are from and how they live their incredible lives.

  • Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail
    For a bit of exercise around the city, head over to the Chicago Riverwalk. The scenery is brilliant and the trail is manageable. With roughly 11 miles of trail, this strip is perfect for biking, roller skating, dog walking, jogging, or even just a nice stroll. If you follow it down, it will lead you to North Avenue Beach which is a very exciting and popular hub.

  • Oriental Institute Museum
    Located in the University of Chicago campus, the Oriental Institute Museum hosts major human-kind-based exhibits, collections, programs, and events all based around ancient Middle Eastern and Near Eastern. Discover the past through their vast array of pictures, paintings, sculptures, ancient tablets and much more.
Chicago River dividing the city of Chicago, Illinois.
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Written by: Madison Troyer

20 photos of Chicago in the 1950s

The largest city in the Midwest, and the third most populous in the country, Chicago is a beacon of culture and commerce in the nation's flatlands. In 1950, 3.6 million people—or 2% of the nation's population—called the Windy City home. Unfortunately, as is the case for many of America's biggest cities, suburbanization had a decidedly negative effect on it, and by the end of the decade, Chicago was facing a steep decline in population and prosperity.

Toward the end of the 1950s, many of the city's biggest industries, like meatpacking and steel, began withdrawing from the urban center, searching for cheaper places to set up shop. This meant that many of the related factories shut down, which meant jobs went, money went, and single-family homes—the dream of many Americans—went as well. As a result, wealthier residents, with the means to relocate, left the city, as did their tax dollars. Crime rose and the ability to fight it went down. In the '60s and '70s, Chicago wasn't the nice, family-oriented place it had been in previous decades.

That being said, the early part of the 1950s was a bit of a golden era for Chicago. The economy was thriving, both foreign and domestic immigrants were moving in at a rapid pace, which allowed for a rich and diverse culture, and the city was growing up—literally. New high-rises dotted the skyline regularly.

It's hard to describe exactly what life was like in Chicago during the 1950s using words alone, so Giggster combed the historical archives to compile a list of pictures of life in the city during the decade to give you a better idea. From daily activities like eating out to historical events like the 1959 steel strike, these photos are sure to transport you to another time.

View of the Chicago Theatre from State and Lake L station
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The Chicago Theater

The first large and lavish movie palace in the country, the Chicago Theater is one of the city's most notable historical landmarks. In the 1950s, the theater's owners, facing a downturn in fortunes, covered up much of the building's original ornate architecture in an attempt to make it look more modern and appealing to audiences.

A worker relaxes with a newspaper at home with wife and four children
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A Goldblatt's man at home

A family relaxed in their Chicago apartment. According to the archives, the man worked at Goldblatt's, a Chicago-based chain of department stores that featured upscale merchandise as well as bargain basements for shoppers of various economic levels.

Chicago street with three young children in front of a wood-sided home and a parked car
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A workers cottage neighborhood

Three children stand in front of two homes built in the workers cottage style, the original Chicago home style. One of the homes is primarily wood-sided, which likely means it was built before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Rail streetcar on a Chicago street
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The end of an era

The 1950s marked the end of Chicago's streetcar era. At one point, the city had the largest streetcar system in the world, but by 1958 the streetcars were gone, replaced by buses; the elevated train system—or better-known as the "L"—and private automobiles.

Car and show signs posted outside of the Regal Theater
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The Regal Theater

A cultural mainstay for Chicago's Black community, the Regal Theater, located in the Bronzeville neighborhood, was part nightclub, part movie theater, part stage theater, and part music venue. Some of the culture's biggest stars, from Nat King Cole to Ella Fitzgerald, performed here before it was razed in the early '70s.

Protesters with dogs and signs about unemployment
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A Chicago-style protest

A group of protesters gathered outside a Chicago hotel to picket against Charles E. Wilson, former secretary of defense, who spoke at a dinner that was held at the hotel. Wilson had previously made disparaging comments about unemployed people.

Children play on and around a pickup truck
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From the 1920s and into the 1950s, the seven-mile long area from 22nd to 63rd streets between State Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, known as Bronzeville, was the center of Black life in Chicago, and in 1954 it had one of the highest concentrations of Black businesses and culture in the country. Middle- and upper-class families left the area once housing was no longer racially restricted, and the overcrowded and poverty-stricken areas caused a decline of the neighborhood's living conditions.

Group of women perched on an outdoor rail
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A Chicago girl—or two

A group of young women from the Chicago-based Hanover Models Agency exemplified the high fashion sense of the day, posing on an outdoor railing.

High angle view of the Chicago Business District by night
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The business district

In this night shot of Chicago's Michigan Avenue business district, the Wrigley Building with its well-known clock tower was lit up on the left, mirrored by the Gothic Revival-style Tribune Tower on the right.

Patrolman standing in deep snow and motions 'drive slowly' warnings to motorists
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A Chicago winter

Known for its bone-chilling winters, Chicago experienced 26.3 inches of snowfall in the winter of 1955. A policeman reminded drivers to move slowly lest they spin out in the snowy traffic.

Street scene on Maxwell Street near Halsted Street, Chicago
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Maxwell Street

One of Chicago's most vibrant and unconventional business and residential districts, Maxwell Street was home to one of the city's biggest immigrant communities in the 1950s. Eastern European Jews, Germans, Irish, Poles, Mexicans, Koreans, Southern Blacks, and Bohemians all lived along the mile-long thoroughfare, many operating sidewalk stands that sold everything from shoelaces to food to clothing.

Waitress serving drinks at the GasLight Club
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The Gaslight Club

A waitress delivers another round of drinks to patrons at Chicago's Rush Street Gaslight Club, a members-only club that required a key for entrance. A precursor to the Playboy Club, the Gaslight featured models and waitresses in skimpy outfits who performed song and dance routines between serving drinks.

Woman and children standing next to Free Vaccination sign
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Community outreach

Following the polio epidemic of 1952, the worst in the nation's history, a Chicago public school offered free vaccines to children. Of all of polio's victims, children were the most vulnerable to mild to disabling paralysis.

Aerial night photograph of Chicago, Illinois
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The Loop

Patrons wander in and out of movie theaters in Chicago's Loop on a holiday evening—notice the elves teetering on the streetlights to the delight of visitors. The area earned its name because of the elevated train system that encircles the downtown business and financial district of the city.

Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks signs autographs at Wrigley Field
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A Chicago Cubs icon

Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs' first Black player and the National League's MVP in 1958 and 1959, signed autographs for young fans before a game. "Mr. Cub" played shortstop and first base for the team from 1953 through 1971.

Man places sign offering "strikers special" in window of tavern
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Preparing for a strike

In July 1959, 500,000 union members of the United Steelworkers of America, including 90,000 in the Chicago area, went on strike. Their 116-day work stoppage was among one of the longest in the history of the United States. On Chicago's South Side, a tavern advertised its "Strikers Special," perhaps hoping to drum up a little extra business during the crisis.

A waitress takes order from a family out at a restaurant
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Dining out

Not the typical family meal at the kitchen table, three generations enjoy a meal out at a restaurant. Many, such as The Berghoff Restaurant or The Walnut Room, were staples of better dining for families in downtown Chicago.

A long line of striking steelworkers queue up to receive pay checks
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The steel strike

Hundreds of United Steelworker of America employees at the South Works of the United States Steel Co. in Chicago lined up to receive their last pre-strike paychecks in mid-July 1959. They did not return to work for more than 100 days.

Merchants at Maxwell Street Market, Chicago
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Maxwell Street Market

A precursor to the flea markets that exist in Chicago today, the Maxwell Street market was a Sundays-only affair started by Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the late 19th century. Tables that crowded the sidewalks each weekend sold things like glassware, socks, and fresh food.

Opening Day of 1959 World Series
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A World Series bid

Chicago's other baseball team, the White Sox, made it to the World Series in 1959. Fans lined up outside of Comiskey Park ahead of the first game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers took the series 4-2 at Comiskey Park in the end.