Where To Take Fall Family Photographs and Fall Photo Session Openings

It’s that time again: the kids are back in school and the weather is slowly cooling. That means the leaves will be changing into beautiful hues of yellow, red, and orange, which is perfect for family photos! You can check out our guide full of Recommended Family Photographers, but what about fall photo sessions specifically? We teamed up with our featured photographers to bring you ideas for where to take fall family photographs and give you inside info on what sessions they have left so you can snag these popular times slots!

Please keep in mind that some of the following locations charge a photography fee, so check with the location or your photographer before making your final decision.

Fall Photo Locations in Chicago

Pilsen Murals

Photograph compliments of Kristin Janiszewski Photography, on location in Pilsen

Pilsen has amazing public art, which is really great for photographs. The mural pictured above is called Reyes and was completed in 2012. Click here for the full collection.

Various Locations in Pilsen
Pictured above: “Reyes”
1015 W. 16th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

North Avenue Beach

Photograph compliments on Julianne Green Photography, on location at North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach
1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 742-3224

Promontory Point

Promontory Point is a natural area part of Burnham Park, which is a lakefront park just north of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Promontory Point
5491 S Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 763-6718

Lincoln Park Zoo

photo credit Lincoln Park Zoo
photo compliments Lincoln Park Zoo

Honeycomb art installation and several locations with skyline views

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000

Millennium Park

The iconic bean sculpture (Cloud Gate), Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and Maggie Daley Park in the heart of the city.

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Millennium Park
201 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 742-1168

Belmont Harbor

photo credit Chicago Harbors
photo compliments of Chicago Harbors

Boat harbor with park space and views of the skyline to the south

Belmont Harbor in Lincoln Park
3600 Recreation Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 742-7673

Montrose Harbor

A protected prairie area with photo opportunities with fall foliage

Montrose Harbor
601 W Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 742-7527

Northerly Island

photo credit Chicago Park District
photo credit Chicago Park District

Great views of Lake Michigan with the skyline behind you

Northerly Island
1521 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 745-2910

Milton Lee Olive Park

Photo copyright Aaron Kiley::2013::The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Photo copyright Aaron Kiley::2013::The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Fountains with paths and benches amidst trees, located on a peninsula just north of Navy Pier

Milton Lee Olive Park
E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach
1000 North Lake Shore Drive 
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 74-BEACH

Fall Photo Locations in the Suburbs

Graue Mill and Fullersburg Woods

Photograph compliments of Kristin Janiszewski Photography, on location at Graue Mill

Graue Mill
3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 655-2090

Photograph compliments of Kissed by the Sun Photography, on location at Fullersburg Woods

Fullersburg Woods
3609 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 850-8110

Graue Mill and Fullersburg Woods are right next to each other and both make great backdrops for fall photos with bridges, paths, stone steps, and fall foliage.

Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park
1 S 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161

Artistic structures, both formal and informal gardens and buildings

Waterfall Glen

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Photograph compliments of EsteeG Photography, on location at Waterfall Glen, Darien

Variety of plants, terrain, and paths with a beautiful waterfall area
Click here to read more about Waterfall Glen with insider tips.

Waterfall Glen
Lemont, IL
(630) 933-7200

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Katherine Legge Memorial Park

Photo compliments of Kristin Janiszewski Photography, on location at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge

Older stone buildings and walls, painted gates and doorways, and mature trees

Katherine Legge Memorial Park
5901 S. County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 789-7000

Downtown La Grange

Photograph compliments of Kissed by the Sun Photography, on location in downtown La Grange

There’s an alley in downtown La Grange with artwork on the walls that makes it a unique spot for photographs.

The Morton Arboretum

Photograph compliments of Julianne Green Photography, on location at The Morton Arboretum

The foliage at The Morton Arboretum is top notch and there are both casual and formal gardens that make great spots for fall photographs.

The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Photograph compliments of Kissed by the Sun Photography, on location at Lake Katherine

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 361-1873

St. James Farm

Photograph compliments of Julianne Green Photography, on location at St. James Farm

St. James Farm
2S541 Winfield Road
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 933-7248

Many sculptures with trails, wildlife, and buildings with a lot of character

Mayslake

Photograph compliments of Kristin Janiszewski Photography, on location at Mayslake

Mayslake
3401 St. Paschal Drive
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Lilacia Park

Lilacia Park
150 S Park Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 620-7322

Danada Equestrian Center

Photograph compliments of Julianne Green Photography, on location at Danada Equestrian Center

Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-6012

Naperville Riverwalk

Photograph compliments of EsteeG Photography, on location at the Naperville Riverwalk

Greenery, a beautiful covered bridge, and the river

Naperville Riverwalk
178 Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Greene Barn

Photograph compliments of Julianne Green Photography, on location at Greene Barn

The red barn makes a striking backdrop.

Greene Barn at Greene Valley Forest Preserve
23W171 Hobson Road
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 933-7200

Fabyan Forest Preserve

Large windmill, bridge, and nice greenery

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 S Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-5980

Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory

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Photograph compliments of EsteeG Photography, on location at Bird Haven Greenhouse

Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory
225 Gougar Road
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 741-7278

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Wilder Park Conservatory

The conservatory has great natural light and plants, with an adjacent playground, art museum, and library building are all possibilities.

Wilder Park Conservatory
175 S. Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126
(630) 993-8900

Patriots Park

Photograph compliments of Kristin Janiszewski Photography, on location at Patriots Park

Patriots Park
501 55th Place
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-1300

Knoch Knolls Park

Bridges, rivers, pond, and native plants

Knoch Knolls Park
320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565

Warrenville Grove

A bridge, pond, and wild flowers

Photographers with Upcoming Photo Sessions

Julianne Green has a few spots left for her Fall Minis on September 18, October 2, and October 30 (October 16 sold out, so hurry!). Use the code mykidlistfall2019 for $20 off. Limit one per customer. She is also offering Kids Only Holiday Minis on November 9. Click here to choose a date.

Kristin Janiszewski only has four spots left for her fall sessions on September 18, October 7, and November 2. Click here to book.

Esther at EsteeG Photography has two mini sessions for immediate family or just children on October 20 from 9:45 – 11:30 am and October 27 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm. The 15 minute sessions are in Oak Brook and are $175. Email her at esteegphotography@yahoo.com with your preferred time so you can arrange your mini session.

Pamela at Kissed by the Sun Photography is currently booking fall sessions and can possibly accommodate last minute requests, so head to her website for more information and to reserve space on her calendar.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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