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Mid-Century Modern Creative Photography Studio
  • $90/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (20)
  • 20
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Urban Industrial Timber Loft Building, with Mid-Century Modern Designed Creative Space for Podcast Hosting, Meeting Sessions, Work-Shop, and Photoshoots
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Modern Industrial Film Studio
  • $175/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (2)
  • 2
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
This is not your standard rental space. Originally built for a cobbler in the 1900’s,until it transitioned into a zinc foundry for over 50 years, and now, we’ve turned it into a sweet production space!! We underwent a major renovation, bringing this little slice of history into a modern open concept photo-studio while maintaining it’s original industrial vibe. This creative, urban space is just waiting for your next photography shoot or film production.
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Dance Studio Perfect for Events Space
  • $100/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our facility is bright with beautiful colors. We have mirrors for dance and fitness classes. We have a waiting area with access to a tv- microwave and a small compact refrigerator. The space also has speakers for music with a microphone for rehearsals. The room space is also great for photoshoots. We also have chairs tables for use of meetings or class.
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A photo studio for everyone
  • $85/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our studio comprises 1,800 square feet of open loft space with twelve-foot ceilings. A large expanse of glass block on the north plus deeply-recessed windows on the west provide an abundance of soft natural light without harsh shadows. The building was constructed in 1898, offering a historical and rustic ambiance tempered by modern white walls and refinished hardwood floors - essentially a neutral canvas waiting for your vision. In addition, the studio is equipped with a newly renovated full kitchen, bathroom, and access to a 2,000 square foot private urban garden adjacent to the studio. We welcome artists of all kinds - photographers, videographers, dancers, fine artists - anyone looking for a private space for a performance, photoshoot, meeting, or gallery exhibit.
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Art Focused Photography Studios
  • $125/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Photography Studio with modern reception area and kitchenette, private photo viewing room with projector, private wardrobe/ beauty room with hair and make up stations.
SuperHost
Spacious Photography Studio In Fulton Market
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (3)
  • 3
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Located In Fulton Market, our studio offers a beautiful quiet and professional workspace for photo shoots & video productions, as well as meetings & events. Space has 60" smart tv, sofa, microwave, mini fridge, mounted backdrops, bluetooth speaker, wifi. We have 700 square ft available with 15 foot ceilings. A separate room that could used as a makeup or dressing room, or even an additional place to shoot. Equipped with a sofa, stylist chair, and 55 inch Tv (Not included inquire to add to booking) White 9' backdrop is included with the booking. Colored paper backdrops are an additional fee at $10 per roll. Current available backdrop colors: White, Artic, Blue, Tan, Yellow (gold), Black. Stands available as well Mathews C-stand w/ Kupo arm, neewer LIGHTING (Not Included with Rental): Godox Sl150ii continuous light available available ($20 per 4hours) Ring Light $10 per booking. (please inquire). Lounge area that could be used to film as well, Includes sofa, 60" Lg Smart TV. Additional Table, chairs available upon request.
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Kitchen Studio with Brick Wall
  • $52/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our Kitchen Studio is 1100 sq. ft. Daylight photo studio with full Kitchen, located in Chicago, IL. It comes with beautiful exposed brick corner, Spiral staircase, wood floors, and mezzanine, making it paradise for photographers. Our Studio is available for all types of Meetings, Photoshoots and Film Shoots. Kindly contact us directly for more information.

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The price differs based on the length of rental, but majorly 1-hour booking will be in the range of $50 to $175

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About Chicago

Amongst the majestic beauty of the Midwest, you’ll find one of America’s biggest cities resting right on the banks of Lake Michigan. Chicago, also known as The Windy City, is the capital of Illinois and home to such powerhouse sports teams as the Blackhawks (hockey), the Bulls (basketball), the White Sox, and the Cubs (both baseball).

In this major city, the streets are teeming with artists, music, lights, and culture spanning generations. You will also find tons of universities, museums, parks and photo studios in Chicago to explore while you’re in town.

With so many buildings, workspaces, and an ever-growing magazine of artists, finding a photo studio venue in Chicago is going to be easy. This city is known for its art and culture, so it thrives on providing competent spaces to create.

Whether you are looking for a new space with your friends to build from the ground up, or you wish to join a ready-made team, Chicago has some great options for you to explore.

With so many locations, Chicago is like a dream location for photographers to work on their projects-- from filming locations, bright lighting at night, tall walls, wood floors, exposed brick, and many photography elements that can produce the best photos.

Photo Studio Options in Chicago

When setting up your photo studio venue in Chicago, there are a few items you will need that can help get you started on the right path.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the key elements of getting some good shots. Soft light helps the light wrap around objects in a smooth and inviting way while hard lighting is more direct and invasive. There is equipment that will help with both of these styles, plus more, depending on your photo shoot needs.

Camera Bag (and Essentials)

If you have a fully stocked camera bag, you will be able to adapt and overcome any obstacle that might arise. Make sure your camera is of good quality, and your bag is full of backup SD cards, a variety of lenses, and of course, a battery of batteries.

Backdrops

Whether you are doing a professional photo shoot for a headshot, or you need to put your subject with a magic dinosaur on the moon, the right backdrop will help make that possible. You can have a variety of backdrops, or go with a green screen and adjust it digitally.

Photo Studio Companies in Chicago

Nearby companies can help get your Chicago photo studio venue off the ground, and with knowledgeable expertise also.

Central Camera

This place isn’t Chicago’s oldest camera shop for nothing! The fine folks at Central Camera have proven time and time again that they have the camera equipment you need at the prices that work for your wallet, and for over 100 years!

Magnanimous Rental

If you are looking to simply rent your camera equipment, maybe consider Magnanimous rentals for your needs. Not only do they offer lenses, cameras, and lighting, but you can also get grip equipment if that is a necessity.

Tamarkin Camera

One more option for your camera equipment needs is Tamarkin Camera. They offer some of the best gear that money can buy to ensure that your equipment matches the quality of your vision.

Pros and Cons of Photo Studios in Chicago

Every city is different when it comes to finding studio space. When looking for renting a Chicago photo studio, there are a few things to consider.

Advantages

  • Amazing food
    No matter your project, if your taste buds aren’t happy while you’re doing it, it won’t be as good. Luckily, Chicago has some of the best restaurants and bars in all of Illinois.

  • Cheaper cost of living
    Studio rentals in Chicago are going to be easier and more manageable than in other similar-sized cities. The cost of living is much lower than in a place like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

  • Stunning architecture
    With its towering skyscrapers and gorgeous architecture with east facing windows, ceiling windows, great light, and more, Chicago has the vistas and inspiration to be an ideal place to rent a photo studio for professional photographers. In addition, Chicago has the top photo studios in the country because of its uniqueness.

Disadvantages

  • Traffic
    Chicago is great for many things, but driving during rush hour is not one of them. The traffic through the city is dreadful at its heaviest times which could be detrimental to your drive.

  • Tough winters
    Lake Michigan is beautiful, except when it comes to creating harsh weather. Strong winds mixed with terrible snow storms make this a tough place to drive in the winter.

  • Very few green areas
    Finding a green space will prove to be quite difficult in Chicago. You are sure to find sidewalks, parking lots, roads, and buildings galore, but natural wonderlands are few and far between in Chicago.

Famous Locations in Chicago

United Center

If there is a big-name act coming through Chicago, they can be found at the United Center. Treat yourself to a night you and the family will never forget. Top musical acts, world comedy tours, and of course, major sporting events can be found here. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls.

Art Institute of Chicago

Art-lovers are sure to have a memorable time at the Art Institute of Chicago. This world-class museum boasts thousands and thousands of timeless pieces including sculptures, drawings, photography, and who can forget some original Monet paintings. Whether you are a history buff or an aspiring artist, or just a lover of beautiful art, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see.

Shedd Aquarium

Imagine a place where all the world’s aquatic creatures from the coldest waters of the planet to the warmest can be found under the same roof. Head on over to the Shedd Aquarium where you can feed a stingray, watch a beluga whale dance, and see penguins waddle around. This is a great place to learn, explore, and discover.

Flappers in front of Belmont Theater
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

Written by: Madison Troyer

20 photos of Chicago in the 1920s

The 1920s in Chicago were an exciting time. Having almost finished rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that destroyed 3.5 square miles of the city, the Midwestern metropolis surpassed 3 million residents before the decade was out. In order to house and move all these newcomers, the city undertook massive infrastructure projects, including adopting innovative public transportation options and breaking ground on a number of new construction projects. Dozens of iconic buildings—Wrigley Building, Chicago Daily News Building, and Union Station, among them—were all completed during the decade.

There were also a number of cultural shifts taking place in the city. For starters, tens of thousands of Black Americans moved from the Deep South to Chicago. Their arrival here, inspired by the huge quantity of jobs available, brought about the Chicago Black Renaissance, a creative movement equal in importance to the Harlem Renaissance. Chicago was also home to the first documented gay rights organization in the United States, the Society for Human Rights, founded by German immigrant Henry Gerber in 1924. And of course, there was the rise of organized crime, brought about by prohibition and culminating in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929.

It’s impossible to put into words exactly what life was like in Chicago during the 1920s, so Giggster combed historical archives to compile a collection of photographs that better illustrate the time period. From shots of daily life to important historical moments, these 20 photos exemplify 1920s Chicago.

Elevated view of street traffic
Schenectady Museum; Hall of Electrical History Foundation/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Chicago’s first traffic lights

As cars became more commonplace in the 1920s, traffic lights became essential in major cities like Chicago, where roads were shared by private automobiles, horse and carriages, and streetcars. Here, traffic flows smoothly on a downtown street thanks to the installation of newfangled electric traffic lights.

Construction workers on steel frame
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

The Chicago Daily News building

Two construction workers sit atop the steel frame of the Chicago Daily News building. Completed in 1929, the art deco building was opened by President Herbert Hoover, who pushed the button that started the presses.

Passersby and cars congregate in the front of the Chicago Art Institue
Bettmann // Getty Images

The Art Institute ‘crosses the tracks’

The Art Institute of Chicago first opened in 1879 and immediately became a landmark location for the Windy City. As seen here, the museum was the absolute pinnacle of attention on Michigan Avenue’s east side as you move south from the Chicago River. In the ’20s, the museum added a major expansion, which bridged the railroad tracks that bordered its east wall, in an effort to house its growing collection. Today, those tracks remain in service and the museum’s extension features large windows that allow visitors to see the service traffic below.

Union station interior
Archive Photos // Getty Images

Union Station

Following 10 years of construction, Chicago’s Union Station opened in 1925. The third-busiest station in the country to this day, the beaux arts building cost $75 million (or around $1 billion today) to complete.

Crowd gathered at bus stop
Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis via Getty Images

CTA Motor Buses

In the 1920s, motor buses were a relatively new addition to Chicago’s public transit system—the first motor bus route began in 1917. Here, a group of riders waits at a bus stop on North and Clark Avenues.

People in Grant Park
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

The Graf Zeppelin

In 1929, the Graf Zeppelin made the first passenger-carrying flight around the world. During this record-setting journey, the aircraft passed over Chicago, and here, spectators gather on the Grant Park lawn, hoping to get a glimpse of the historic moment.

Flappers in front of Belmont Theater
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

Liberated ladies

The 1920s, with their looser morals and more relaxed politics, brought new levels of independence for women. Here, two liberated ladies exploit those newfound freedoms by taking their car out for a joyride.

Men dumping wine during prohibition
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

Prohibition in Chicago

Prohibition dealt a serious blow to Chicago’s economy, as saloon licensing fees had previously accounted for nearly 25% of its overall revenues. Here, a group of men dispose of now-illegal spirits shortly after the law went into effect.

Maxwell street market vendors
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

The Maxwell Street Market

The Maxwell Street Market, a precursor to modern-day flea markets, has been a Chicago staple since the 19th century. Above, a group of men (likely all immigrants) stand in front of booths selling all types of wares.

Art museum during snowstorm
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

A brutal winter

One of its most brutal winters in recorded history, 1925 brought a jaw-dropping 52.3 inches of snow to the Midwestern city. Here, a horse and carriage attempt to navigate an especially brutal snowstorm.

Open drawbridge on Chicago River
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

The DuSable Bridge

A barge passes under the Michigan Avenue Bridge (or the DuSable Bridge). When it was first opened in 1920, the bridge was said to be the only one in the world with two decks, both of which were at highway level.

Men by sign for Bert Kelly’s Stables
James E. Abbe/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Bert Kelly’s Jazz Stables

One of the most popular jazz clubs in Chicago during the 1920s, Bert Kelly’s Jazz Stables hosted icons like Joe “King” Oliver and the Dodds Brothers. Its owner, the eponymous Bert Kelly, claimed to have both brought jazz to the city and coined the term jazz himself.

Men at South Water Street Market
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

South Water Street Market

Up until the mid-1920s, South Water Street was the primary produce market in the city of Chicago. The buildings that housed the market unloaded produce from riverboats on one side and sold to landlocked customers on the other. In 1925, the city relocated the market to a secondary location (though it kept the name) in order to construct Wacker Drive.

Uptown traffic and pedestrians
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

Uptown

In the 1920s, Uptown was one of Chicago’s most luxurious neighborhoods. Home to great shopping, theaters, jazz clubs, restaurants, and hotels, the area was where one went to see and be seen (as evidenced by this woman’s eye-catching fur jacket).

Louis Armstrong and his orchestra appear onstage at the Sunset Cafe nightclub.
Photoquest // Getty Images

A black and tan club

Louis Armstrong and his orchestra perform at the Sunset Cafe, one of Chicago’s famous black and tan establishments. These venues allowed entrance to both Black and white patrons, making them one of the few places in the segregated city where folks of various races could mix.

Police Squad
Bettmann

The Chicago PD

Organized crime grew exponentially in Chicago during the 1920s and ’30s. Groups of Chicago police officers, such as those seen here crammed into one of the force’s automobiles, were charged with tracking down these gangsters and putting an end to their nefarious activities.

Chicago skyline
Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

The Palmolive building

Completed in 1929, the Palmolive Building (which stands in the center of this aerial photograph) served as the headquarters for the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company. In the ’60s, Playboy took over the lease, and in the early aughts, it was converted to residential apartments.

Lakeside ice from winter storm
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

A freezing job

Two men greet a steamship carrying passengers and goods during a winter cold snap. The water intake cribs behind them are completely covered in ice and snow.

Chicago Theater
Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

The Chicago Theater

The Chicago Theater, one of the grandest theaters in the country, opened its doors in 1921. Built in a neo-baroque, French Revival style, the movie palace had 3,800 seats and billed itself as “the Wonder Theater of the World.”

Summer crowds at Oak Street beach
Chicago Daily News/Chicago History Museum // Getty Images

A dip in Lake Michigan

In an effort to beat the summer heat, Chicagoans gather on Oak Street Beach to take a dip in Lake Michigan. The second-largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan isn’t necessarily warm, but its chilly waters would have provided a welcome respite from the humidity of the Midwestern season.