Chicago O'Hare

After 14+ years in the hotel hospitality industry, I’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to weddings. From helping pick the perfect dinner menu with the bride and groom to drying the nervous tears of the bride seconds before she walks down the aisle, I guess you can say I’ve worn many wedding day hats.

One of the things that I did not have the pleasure of participating in is the photography side of the business. When each bridal party set off in their limos to take their photos, I’d wonder if they were headed to a super Chicago-themed spot downtown, or keeping it local at one the many hidden gems that Rosemont and Des Plaines have to offer. At the time, there were not a ton of options for photo-ops in Rosemont, but the area has come a long way in terms of things to do, restaurants, etc — even in landscaping maintenance. The Village of Rosemont meticulously manicures the grass (seemingly every blade!) and every walking path is well-maintained. This upkeep has meant that Rosemont now offers a range of great photo ops for brides and grooms.

So whether you’re hosting your dream wedding in Rosemont this year, attending as part of a bridal party or simply a guest looking for a great place to take a memorable photo, I’ve got some top locations within walking distance (or a short drive) from Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel

I’m going to be a bit partial to this location, for obvious reasons and because well, there are so many hidden nooks and crannies at the hotel that will provide you with a memory for a lifetime.

Wesley Kimler’s The Prince | Photo Credit: @hildaburke via Angel Eyes Photography

Let the Art Be Your Backdrop

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts on this blog, you probably know all about my love for the art at the hotel. You can’t miss it since it covers almost every square inch of the sprawling property. If you have the opportunity to schedule some time in the hotel where you and your photographer can walk the space, be sure to bring this list of ideal photo ops along with you.

Rock Wall | Photo Credit: @chistylewed

Living Moss Wall | Photo Credit: @j_fox_

Our LOLA Winning Couple Savannah and Jake atop our Parking Garage at Sunset | Photo Credit Andre LaCour Photography

Savannah and Jake sealing it with a kiss in front of our falling rock wall | Photo Credit: Andre LaCour Photography

Savannah posing alongside one of our Chicago inspired guestroom floor murals | Photo Credit: Andre LaCour Photography

Wander Rosemont

Now if you have the time and transportation on the day of your wedding. Gather your wedding troop and head over to one of these nearby Rosemont / Des Plaines destinations for amazing picturesque options – in no particular order.

Mother Nature Knows Best

This is just the beginning of so many great spots to scope out for your big day! My best advice to any bride still deciding on venues is that no matter which you choose, be sure to consider a venue either near or in a more populated area. This way you have a ton of photo ops all within a manageable distance. (There’s nothing worse than trucking around with your bridal party while your guests are enjoying cocktail hour, feeling “FOMO,” aka Fear of Missing Out on your big day!)

Interested in touring Loews Chicago O’Hare for your upcoming wedding? Give us a call at 847-544-5300 or visit our venue space online here.

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Kelly