We are all about to go on a deep dive into where you can buy cameras and take photos in Chicago together. Additionally we will try to cover as much as possible on a wide range of related subtopics.
There probably isn’t a better way for us to kick this off than to list the best local photographers for when you need wedding pictures, graduation pictures, or want to capture memories at any special events. Once they have been discussed in detail we will move on to photo printing whether you want to print something off your phone, get a passport photo, need digital marketing materials, or whatever type of printing you might need will be discussed before we pivot to photography studios.
Taking lessons at the best photography classes in your area is a great way to “develop your skills,’ sorry but that corny joke just wrote itself. Even if there aren’t many left these days the best places to buy cameras and repair shops near you will also be discussed. Don’t be surprised if these stores also sell new lenses, cleaning supplies, covers, stands, and more equipment and accessories.
A list of places to take beautiful pictures and selfies will definitely get a shout out plus there will be some quick lists for where to buy some loosely related items like camera phones or security cameras. Many of the places we mention could theoretically go in a few of our lists but we will do our best to put the right shops in the right place and let you know when a place can handle multiple needs.
Expect to find a map for the area towards the end of the post to help you figure out where all the Chicago camera and photo places we list can be found. And you are all welcome to look through more of our posts on the region at that link if interested.
Commemorate a wedding, graduation, or other special event by hiring a great photographer near you to capture the scene:
- Sri and Jana Photography
- Mark Trela Photography
- TWA Photographic Artists
- George Street Photo & Video
- Allison Williams
- Jason Kaczorowski
- Windy City Production in Aurora
- Wes Craft Photography in Naperville
- Keith French Photography in Elgin
- Heidi Aubin in Wheaton
- Indre Cantero in Buffalo Grove
- Ashley Hamm in Evanston
- Abigail Joyce in Oak Park
Sri and Jana Photography has specialized in newborn, children, and maternity shoots since 2001. Mark Trela Photography has been capturing weddings for almost a decade and produces timeless images.
Weddings and engagement shoots near you have been provided by TWA Photographic Artists for over two decades. George Street Photo and Video specializes in photojournalism and has been in business for nearly a decade.
Allison Williams Photography offers contemporary documentary style wedding photoshoots. Topnotch services for wedding and portrait photography in your area are available from Jason Kaczorowski who has over 20 years of experience.
Windy City Production provides local wedding photoshoots, video editing, and onsite services. Wes Craft Photography has been taking photos of couples and families for over 10 years.
Keith French Photography has been offering a full service chemical film and print photo lab as well as image repair, restoration, and portraiture for visual communication, marketing, and advertising for almost 40 years.
High quality personal branding for entrepreneurs and small businesses, outdoor family sessions, and indoor newborn shoots are available from Heidi Aubin Photography.
Both Indre Cantero and Ashley Hamm specialize in children, family, and event photography. Professional maternity and newborn photography services are some of the specialties with Abigail Joyce.
You can get all varieties of photos printed, processed, or developed when you visit:
- Print Lab at 1240 N Homan Ave
- J&S Photo Service at 660 W Grand Ave #1W
- Indigo Digital Printing at 900 South Wabash Ave
- Cushing at 213 W Institute Pl #200
- Chicago’s Printing Source at 1249 N Clybourn Ave
- Noni Print at 1532 N Western Ave
- Impress Printing & Design at 1325 W Jefferson St, Joliet
- Wally’s Printing at 969 N Farnsworth Ave, Aurora
All of those options for photo printing in Chicago are good ones. Color or black and white images should be developed, and they should be able to put them on just about whatever you desire.
Anything from brochures and pamphlets to passport photos to books and posters can be developed and printed by these companies who should also be able to handle wall graphics, digital prints, real estate advertisements, and other marketing materials. Most should also be able to assist with scanning, restorations, enlargements, processing, digital repairs, and more.
Studios For Better Pictures
Book some time at a photography studio in your area if you need to get everything perfect:
- The Studio at 2255 S Michigan Ave
- FD Photo Studio at 124 N Campbell Ave
- Upscale Lofts at 2147 S Lumber St
- Studio28 at 7 S Stolp Ave 2F, Aurora
The Studio features two sets of heavy duty C stands, a large scrim, sandbags, apple boxes, and seamless backdrops.
Completely equipped production areas with a variety of colored backdrops and huge windows for daylight pictures are available at FD Photo Studios.
Upscale Lofts provides hourly photography and video rentals suitable for shoots, films, and events. Creative spaces for content creators, photographers, and filmmakers are available at Studio28.
Chicago Photography Classes at 4001 N Ravenswood Avenue offer basic and advanced techniques for mastering the art of taking pictures.
Camera Stores & Repair Shops In Chicago
These stores are great options when you want to buy a new camera, rent one, or get repair work done:
- Helix Camera & Video at 100 N Walnut St
- Chicago Camera Repair Specialist at 5 S Wabash Ave #1017
- Central Camera Company at 230 S Wabash Ave
- Tamarkin Camera at 213 W Institute Pl #403
- Procam at 4300 Westbrook Dr, Aurora
- Advanced Camera Repair Service at 151 Springfield Ave #8H, Joliet
- Camera Repair at 960 Thompson Blvd, Buffalo Grove
Helix Camera and Video sells and repairs a wide range of photographic equipment in your area while also offering studio rental services with lighting equipment.
Chicago Camera Repair Specialist fixes all sorts of lenses, flashes, projectors, and more as well as sensor cleaning and rush services.
Central Camera stocks lenses, memory cards, darkroom equipment, and films from many different brands including Leica, Nikon, Ricoh, Pentax, Fujifilm, Bogen, and Gitzo.
Various Leica and Sport Optics grear and a showroom are available at Tamarkin Camera. High quality photography equipment, local rentals, sensor cleaning, data recovery, and more are provided at Procam.
All types of lenses from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus, Pentax, Casio, Sigma, Tokina, and other brands are refurbished at Advanced Camera Repair Service.
Camera Repair specializes in restoring modern and classic manual focus SLR’s.
Best Places For Selfies
There are plenty of places to take beautiful selfies in your area and some of our favorite would be:
- Millennium Park
- Grant Park
- Buckingham Fountain
- Chicago Riverwalk
- Fox Valley Park District in Aurora
- Waubonsie Lake Park in Aurora
- Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Wheaton
Both Millennium Park and Grant Park offer beautiful outdoor photography opportunities in your area with their vast green spaces and surrounding flora.
Buckingham Fountain features a large fountain where festive water shows with lights are held regularly. A picturesque public space with restaurants, bars, cafes, small parks, and boat or kayak rentals is available at the Chicago Riverwalk.
Outdoor areas and indoor recreation spaces with some of the best selfie opportunities in Chicago can be enjoyed at Fox Valley Park District.
Waubonsie Lake Park has amenities including modern pavilions, playgrounds, trails, restrooms, and ice rinks where tourists and locals take pictures.
Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve has trails, picnic areas, craft fields, and other features that make it ideal for natural outdoor photoshoots near you.
Where To Buy Camera Phones
The newest cell phones have some incredible high megapixel cameras on them these days and these stores should have what you need:
- T-Mobile at 700 N Michigan Ave
- Cellphone World at 2333 W Devon Ave
- Xtreme Mobile at 4702 W 63rd St
- Boost Mobile at 2415 W Jefferson St #A, Joliet
- Metro by T-Mobile at 2415 W Jefferson St, Joliet
Buy security cameras or get the services that go along with them by contacting:
- Chicago Security Expert at 508 N Racine Ave
- VIP Security Solutions at 27 N Upper Wacker Dr #213
- Skynet Security Systems at 322 S Green St #202
- Surveillance Triangle at 4713 W Lawrence Ave
- Alert Protective Services at 3833 N Cicero Ave
- Chicago Intercoms at 2046 N Milwaukee Ave
You may also want to check out our posts on:
- Milwaukee Photo Printing & Camera Repair
- Indianapolis Photo Printing & Camera Repair
- St. Louis Photo Printing & Camera Repair
- Detroit Photo Printing & Camera Repair
Enjoy Taking Photos With Your New Camera
We hope you learned a little something about cameras and photos near you today. You read about all kinds of topics like where to buy cameras, get them repaired, photographers for hire, printing, developing, studios, classes, places to take selfies, camera phones or security.
Anyone that is still here probably has a solid grasp on the local photography scene themself. If so don’t be shy, tell us what we got wrong or share your own tips in the comments.
We hope you have fun buying cameras and taking photos in Chicago.