Garfield Park conservatory is one of Chicago's most sacred treasures. It's grand glass exterior sits quietly in the Garfield Park neighborhood just west of downtown Chicago. Designed by Jens Jensen and constructed in 1906, this place is truly magical. Having nature's landscape under glass is truly a treat. The conservatory has so much to offer for events big or small and even houses plant species that do not grow in the Midwest or even in the U.S. This is an amazing venue for your guests to explore and an even serves as an inspiring teaching tool for nature enthusiasts. GPC has eight impressive display houses and gorgeous outdoor gardens. The Desert House is the home to a varied assortment of fascinating cacti and succulents. The Fern Room includes lush ferns showing us what Illinois might have looked like a long time ago. The Palm room has this intoxicating smell of fresh palm trees. The Palms are so huge in size, you really feel like you are in another time! It's a very enchanting atmosphere. The Show House is where the fabulous flower shows take place in the Spring, Summer and Holiday seasons. This room is always so pretty and vibrant as it changes for the seasons. The evening Fotio was there, we were set up in the Horticulture Hall for a fundraising gala. The Horticulture hall is the main space they use for events and special gatherings like weddings and corporate events. Garfield Park Conservatory is truly one of Chicago's best venues with natural charm and a timeless feel! Thanks to Fotio photographer Rachel Smith for taking these fabulous pictures!
One thing we take very seriously is our vintage prop collection. We search high and low to find the best photo booth props out there. Our unique vintage treasures give your photos a classic look that allow your guests to be a little extra silly and let loose. Sometimes guests need that little push to be playful for the camera. Our props will help make your event fun, entertaining and worth a million memories. We will always be on a mission to create fresh photos as we expand our prop collection!
Architectural Artifacts is a truly stunning wedding venue located on the north side of Chicago in the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood. This is a huge event space that still manages to have an intimate and easy breezy kind of feel. As the sun sets in the west, the venue becomes a perfect nighttime Chicago wedding setting! The guests were dancing, laughing and really engaging with Fotio - there was so much joy and happiness the entire night! Surrounded by unique vintage treasures, the decor really sets the ambience for an exclusive party venue with an "old Chicago" kind of feel. You can be sure that Fotio photo booth will fit in perfectly with the many "artifacts" on display at this one of a kind Chicago wedding and corporate venue! Special thanks to wedding planner Beth Costello with The Perfect Party Chicago for helping us find the super fun vintage door photo booth backdrop!
The Ivy Room at Tree Studios is an elegant event space nestled quietly in Chicago's River North neighborhood. This European style building was built in 1894 and is a Chicago Landmark. Beautiful large windows fill the space with natural light as the sun sets for your evening wedding or corporate event. This venue has the downtown Chicago charm and sophistication you are looking for! Make sure to check out http://ivyroomchicago.com/ to learn more about this unique and elegant Chicago venue!
Sod Room is the best room for a Saturday morning children's birthday party in Chicago! Located in the heart of the South Loop, the Sod room has affordable and easy street parking for your guests. This party had it all. Peppa Pig was the featured mascot of the day complete with a Peppa Pig cake and pinata! But the fun didnt' stop there - Peppa Pig herself even showed up for a couple Fotio photo booth photos! The atmosphere at Sod Room is lofty, chill, and spacious. If you are looking for a calm fun environment for your child's next birthday, this is your place! The staff was very lovely to work with which is always a plus!
Sometimes it feels like all year is wedding season in Chicago! We have had the pleasure of working with so many amazing couples throughout the year - here are some of our favorite pictures!
When you walk into Salvage One the first thing you notice is the gorgeous windows and natural light illuminating the whole building. It's like you take a walk back in time with the reclaimed furniture, various salvaged building structures, and unique art and statues present in the space. Salvage One is the PERFECT place to have a wedding reception! There is so much room for your guests to spread out and explore the various treasures throughout. This unique Chicago venue is one of a kind - truly a show stopper for your event that your guests will be talking about for weeks to come!
America's Beauty Show was in Chicago a couple weeks ago where American Crew launched their new Elvis inspired men's hair product campaign. Elvis is known for his rock and roll classic American look which is perfect for such an iconic brand! American Crew brought to life one magical night at the multifaceted Venue One event space located in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood. American Crew really set the scene with Elvis EVERYTHING! There was a 1950's band playing, a runway show, 1957 Chevy in the middle of the show room. Guys were getting their hair cut, people were posing on the blue carpet, not to be confused with a red carpet. Everyone was having such a great time! We brought some great 50s inspired props like an Elvis Mic and acoustic guitar. Did we mention that everyone had great hair?! View the full gallery of photo booth pictures here: http://fotio.co/3-13-16
This was a very special and fun vintage style Bat Mitzvah in downtown Chicago set in the dramatic Murdoch Room at River Roast. This is a hip and exciting venue for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and would even work wonderfully for a large scale wedding or corporate event. River Roast sits right on the Chicago River at 315 N LaSalle St and boasts beautiful views throughout the many event spaces. We had the pleasure of working with one of our favorite Chicago DJ's Brent Rolland from Fig Media as well as Darcey Gerber, a senior sales manager at River Roast. Make sure to check out the private events page at River Roast to book your next event and view the full gallery of Fotio photo booth images at http://fotio.co/3-19-16-mitzvah
Located in Chicago's West Loop, Carnivale sits perched over the highway only a few blocks from downtown Chicago. This grand building boasts seven party rooms/event spaces perfect for any size wedding, company party, or large scale private event. Fotio photo booth's visit to Carnivale was to attend a CIRCUS themed company holiday party. The venue really makes for such a colorful and unforgettable experience - one that your friends, family, or clients are sure to remember and cherish! With a well stoked bar and happy hour everyday, Carnivale is a must see! Carnivale serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch every week if you want to stop in and scope the place out. The Latin inspired food and unique ambiance is sure to please!
So many wedding guests tell us that our vintage style photo booth and props all feel like they are from a Wes Anderson movie! We think this is awesome so we thought we would show some of our favorite Wes Anderson inspired photo booth props on the blog. Below are some highlights from some recent Chicago weddings and holiday parties around the city!
We always get excited when we have brides and grooms ask us about renting a Fotio photo booth for their vintage themed Chicago barn wedding. We love the unique style and rustic feel that comes with a barn type atmosphere - plus our vintage open air photo booth style fits in perfectly! There are so many unique barn type venues around Chicagoland and the surrounding suburbs but here are a few of our favorites. First is the Hoosier Grove Barn, a beautiful and simple wedding venue in a renovated historic barn, located in the northwest side of Chicago in Streamwood, Illinois.
Another one of our favorite barn style wedding venues is Heritage Prairie Farms located west of Chicago in Elburn, IL. Heritage Prairie Farm is a certified organic farm (the food is absolutely delicious here!) and they have a magnificent barn area that is used for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and photo booth fun. Generally the reception is held in the tented area since the barn is a bit small for larger groups but the barn still works great for Fotio since guests pass by use the restrooms. We love the rustic backdrop and easy going atmosphere here!
The next Chicagoland barn wedding venue on our list is the County Line Orchard located in northwest Indiana in Hobart, IN. The County Line Orchard has a sensational 29,000 square foot timber barn that was built in 2009. This is a beautiful and huge venue perfect for a rustic themed wedding. The wooden barn walls work beautifully for a Fotio photo booth backdrop.
Some of our other fun barn weddings have been at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL, the Mora Farm in Waterman, IL, the Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Donley's Wild West Town in Union, IL.
We had a splendid time celebrating with Kapow Events for their annual company holiday party at Fulton Market Kitchen Chicago! They wanted a fun and dark kind of "Alice in Wonderland" themed photo booth so we brought some whimsical and almost steampunk themed props that would fit the theme and space. Fulton Market Kitchen was a perfect Chicago venue with the elaborate and beautiful wall murals paired with dreamy event lighting and decor. This unique Chicago event space can be rented out for weddings, your next holiday party, or any other private event! Get in touch with Kelsey Del Monico Lucas, the Director of Events at Fulton Market Kitchen, or check them out at http://www.fultonmarketkitchen.com/
We love offering our vintage style photo booth for all kinds of Chicago parties and events from birthday parties, to company holiday parties, to bar/bat mitzvahs, and of course Chicago weddings! Fotio offer a timeless and classic means to capture quality photos of you and your guests. You will look back on your Fotio pictures for years to come and be thankful you had accurate documentation and fun entertainment to capture your event. Parties are for happy times and celebrating something awesome and Fotio is the best option for your special day! Here are some tips to help with a rocking party. 1. Have a signature cocktail for the evening. We recommend something simple but memorable. Preferably the favorite drink of the host or bride/groom! 2. Ambiance is very important at a party. What kind of vibe are you going for? Maybe you want your guests to feel comfortable or maybe you want them to experience something new and exotic. 3. Guest list is also a very important. Make sure to invite people that make you feel good and that you will love celebrating with! Drama free zone is the best zone. 4. Build excitement for your event. Let the world know that your event is going to be the best time they have ever had! 5. Don't stress out too much. Planning a party can be very overwhelming but they are supposed to be fun!
Fotio is the ultimate vintage selfie photo booth in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs! With Fotio you can take your own black and white portrait which you view on the live slideshow and later online through the online gallery. You simply push the red button and Fotio does the rest! Here are some of our favorite selfies taken throughout the year. Many are from Chicago weddings but some are also from local Chicago fundraisers and corporate events. Fotio is perfect for your roaring 20s themed gala or vintage style wedding.
City Winery Chicago located in Chicago's West Loop at 1200 W. Randolph Street is a very hip and relaxed venue for your Chicago wedding, corporate event, or non-profit fundraiser. The team at City Winery is a pleasure to work and will make sure to take great care of you and your guests. City Winery is a full service venue with a hands on planning component which makes things easy for everyone. The lighting is just right, the floor plan makes sense, and most importantly there is WINE! The most popular (and largest) event space is called "The Concert Venue" which seats up to 240 guests (or 350 standing). The stage is central to the room and is perfect for your live band or DJ. The venue also has projectors/screens on each side of the stage if you have a presentation or want your Fotio pictures displayed externally during the event (this is tons of fun to watch the photos when dancing etc!). Make sure to check out the City Winery Chicago Private Events Page.
#10 Looking good is is very important -remember to stop by Fotio as soon as possible! Sometimes by the end of the night outfits change ( i.e. groom loses jacket and bow tie). The bride and groom are extremely popular the night of their wedding. SO, if you are looking for a couple formal photos, we suggest taking photos in the very beginning and throughout the whole evening. If at all possible grab a couple photos before the reception starts! You won't regret it!
#9 Family time is the BEST time! Tip #9 is to encourage your guests to get a family portrait while they are attending your wedding! In more cases than not their are multiple families attending weddings. Also, make sure you get a photo with you and your family! It will add a nice touch to your wedding album!
#8 Choosing a venue. When you are choosing a venue, look around and look at the walls and see if they speak to you? Suddenly think of them as the backdrop of your your big day! Chicago is known for having some the most unique interior spaces in the world!
#7 Make it count! Make sure you get the photos you dream of! Before your big day make a mental note of photos you want to take! Always thinking ahead will help you prepare! Make sure you get photos with your parents, friends, bridesmaids and family. Take advantage of having your loved ones close to you!
#6 Music makes the world go around! Tip #6 is having the right DJ and snapping a few Fotio pics while dancing to the music. It is important to keep an upbeat atmosphere at wedding. If the vibe is up and alive then so will be your guests. Also, he or she can help you remind your guests about Fotio!
#5 Props! Add a little spice to the night. Having props will create some magic and mystery for you and your guests. Have a blast with Fotio!
#4 Pick a theme and go with it. Don't go with a little bit, go with it a lot! Think about what you want your photos to look like. For instance, take "Great Gatsby" theme. Think feathers, pearls and top hats. Envision your photos like your envision your big day!
#3 Be creative!
#2 Don't Forget to be CLASSIC! Take the time to get those classic photos you have been waiting for! Remember that time goes really fast at the wedding. Stop by Fotio photo booth a couple times throughout the night! Grab your friends and family to join you! If you plan ahead then you will have the exact photos you want!
#1 Be YOURSELFIE! Don't be afraid to get in there and take a WEDDING selfie! Everyone should have one single photo that is just for them! Don't over think it! Just do it!
Hotel Lincoln's J. Parker is a hip and fun rooftoop/sky deck cocktail lounge that overlooks Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park. The hotels sits east looking out towards unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The J. Parker has such a cool city vibe with great ambiance and is perfect for your corporate event or company holiday party. Plus Fotio photo booth fits in perfectly here! Hotel Lincoln is also a preferred hotel for the many local Lincoln Park wedding venues like the Chicago History Museum, Cafe Brauer, A New Leaf, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Thanks to our Fotio tech Rachel for covering this event and taking these beautiful snaps!
Look out everybody! The eighties were back for just one night and in a big way! Everyone in attendance was dressed to impress for this Chicago 80s themed wedding celebration at Mayne Stage! Fotio transformed into an 80s style photo booth and we got some amazing pictures of the the guests! Mayne Stage is nestled in the historic Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's north side. The theater was transformed into a 1980's jam fest. Mayne stage has two floors with a bar on each floor and the venue is perfect for any large scale Chicago corporate event or non-traditional wedding space. In 1912 the Morse Theatre was built in the same footprint where Mayne Stage stands today! The band Sixteen Candles played during the reception and everyone dressed exactly like they were in the 1980's! Mayne stage is by far one of our favorite wedding/corporate music venues in Chicago!
Fotio is a unique, social and elegant photo booth option for your Chicago wedding, birthday party, Corporate event, or holiday party. We know that entertainment is essential to a successful event and it is important to make sure your guests are having fun with new experiences. It is our priority to make sure that everyone has an amazing time and walks away feeling great about the fun and beautiful pictures they have taken!
The Fotio experience brings everyone together and will give your guests something to talk about long after your event is over! Not only do we make and capture memories, we provides hours of entertainment for you and your party people! Laughing with your friends while viewing the photos on the back of the camera is endless fun! Fotio creates a bright moment while capturing the essence of your friends and family in timeless black and white portrait style.