Not too long ago we had the pleasure of celebrating a very special wedding union at Morgan Manufacturing in Fulton Market. This place is so original, there is no other place like it in Chicago. Up on the rooftop, this place has the best views of the city, especially downtown. At this wedding, there was no deal left undone. The table settings looked absolutely gorgeous! Fotio photo booth was set up in front of an old industrial sliding door. As you walk around, you really get the feel of the meat packing district and all of it's old time Chicago feel. This place is perfect for any large scale event, especially for a wedding. The guests were having a blast with Fotio and there was plenty of room for everyone to crowd around the camera and check out their photos!
Saturday night we were at a 40th birthday party at Neybir. Neybir is such a cool new store located at Grand Avenue and Oakley Street. One side of the venue is a home goods store, with lots of exquisite and curated offerings. The other side is a large open air event space perfect for events and workshops. If you are looking for unique home furnishings or a great gift for someone, this is your place! From original paintings to glass vases, this place is the cutest. We definitely recommend stopping by as soon as possible. Fotio was set up in the large event space/showroom facing a gorgeous brick wall. Fotio photo booth snapped pictures throughout the evening as event guests made some awesome terrariums! The night was very peaceful and lovely.
All day everyday downtown Chicago is hustling and bustling. The magical pulse is felt by many - local residents and tourists alike! Downtown Chicago boasts some of the most spectacular city views in an urban setting. Each weekend we have the pleasure of venturing downtown for our many events - especially weddings. A downtown wedding is something to dream about and something to remember! Downtown Chicago offers many gorgeous structures and classically designed buildings - all of which make amazing and unique spaces for your wedding! Some recent Fotio wedding locations include Chicago gems such as The Rookery, The Drake Hotel, The Renaissance Blackstone, The Chicago Club, and The University Club (just to name a few!). Fotio has the ability to a share a little piece of Chicago in each photo. Mainly people pick their venue based on the way it looks because it has nice walls or great attributes. Fotio's greatest strength is our minimal set up and ability to use the venue's walls whether it be wooden panel, ornate wall paper, exposed brick etc. Each event gallery is new and fresh and unique to the venue space! To check out our photo galleries, head on over to our events page: www.fotio.co/events
This was a fabulous Indian wedding celebration at the elegant Drake Hotel located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Fotio photo booth was setup during the cocktail hour in the French Room and later for the reception in the Gold Coast Room. The pictures turned out wonderful and everyone had such a fun time with Fotio! View the full gallery of pictures here: http://fotio.co/7-3-16-wedding/
Summer in the city. Summer with Fotio! As our adventures continue, our next stop is Carnivale's Beach Party Brunch! The atmosphere was so light, airy and free. The staff made this unique space feel like an authentic beach party! The setting was great and the food was AMAZING! Mimosas for everyone! Everyone stopped by the Fotio booth and took some photos with their friends and family. We always love going to the Carnivale BRUNCH. It's always a blast! See you this fall at the next Back to School brunch! To check out more Fotio adventures follow us on Instagram! @fotioco
It was an easy breezy kind of night at the popular North Avenue Castaways Beach Bar for the annual Paws Beach Party Fundraiser! There were so many cute pups and dogs of all sizes! Castaways is an ocean liner inspired building that really makes you feel like you are on a boat! Fotio was set up on the upper deck of the boat with downtown Chicago and the beach ever so perfectly placed as our backdrop. Here is the full gallery of photo booth pictures from the event: fotio.co/7-14-16-paws
This past weekend, Fotio had the pleasure of attending a retirement party on a farm in Dyer, Indiana! It was a gorgeous Midwestern summer afternoon, with a very laid back and relaxing atmosphere. A retirement party fit for a king, equipped with delicious food, great drinks, picture perfect weather, cool breeze, fresh air, rolling hills. As friends and family begin to gather to celebrate the retirement, what better way to capture the essence of the day other than Fotio? We had the pleasure of setting up in the cute gazebo with a stunning view for our Fotio background. A view overlooking a pond and an 11 acre pasture. Fotio is fun for the whole family and provides a one of kind experience. If you want to see more of our adventures, check us out on Instagram: @fotioco
This was a wonderful wedding celebration at the University Club of Chicago located at 76 E. Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603. The wedding and reception both took place in the magnificent and historic Cathedral Hall. The large vaulted wood ceiling and stained glass truly make this a wedding venue to remember. Our vintage camera photo booth style fits in perfectly with the elegance and classic feel of the space. View the full wedding gallery here: http://fotio.co/4-23-16-university
Fotio is the perfect photo booth for every event! Fotio is small, looks cool, and takes fantastic pictures at any event large or small. Inside or outside, all over the city, downtown or in the suburbs, we are everywhere you want us to be! We love them all! Throughout the year we celebrate so many great people and important milestones: Chicago Weddings, Birthdays of ALL AGES, Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs, Beer Releases, Company Parties and so much more! We capture the fun moments of the big day and keep it classic! Not only are we making memories, but we are also entertainment for all the party guests! If you have a need a high quality, timeless, original photo booth, look no further as we are here. Down below we have chosen some photos from our archive to share a glimpse into the world of FOTIO.
This was a beautiful Chicago wedding at the Metropolitan Club located on the 66th and 67th floor of the Willis Tower. The lighting was perfect and guests could enjoy the views of downtown Chicago throughout the evening. Later in the night guests were invited to visit the Skydeck Chicago's clear observation decks on the 103rd floor! Our vintage photo booth charm fit in perfectly in this chic yet classic downtown Chicago wedding venue. Fotio used a textured wall in the event space which looked really amazing in the photo booth pictures. We had the pleasure of working with Ashley Godinez the Private Event director at the Metropolitan Club and Kristin from Toast and Jam DJ's (one of our favorites!!).
We had the pleasure of celebrating a very special man's 90th BIRTHDAY party over the weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft. His family pulled out all the stops: there was a huge candy table by our Chicago favorite Candyality, a nitro ice cream bar, ten piece band that dressed up like the Rat Pack, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and of course a Fotio photo booth. Bridgeport Art Center is by far one of our FAVORITE event spaces as it offers amazing views of the city along with spacious, easily transformable rooms with rustic and historic charm. The Bridgeport Art Center is also home to many artists, exhibits, classes, and other events throughout the year so it is certainly a unique and vibrant location for your event! The BAC has open studios every 3rd Friday if you want to explore the spacious 18,000 sq. ft historic building (built in 1911!) otherwise you can get in touch with Venue Logic if you want to learn more about the Skyline Loft event space. This is one of the best spaces for watching that perfect Chicago sunset on your special day!
The Ravenswood Event Center Industrial Ballroom is a magnificent wedding venue located on the north side of Chicago in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood. The brick walls extend 30' high to the ceiling which serves as a beautiful backdrop for your urban or vintage wedding. We especially love how amazing the brick looks in our black and white photo booth pictures! This was a wonderful wedding for Justin and Jocelyn with an all-star team of vendors including photography by Azuree Wiitala, live music by Lola Bard Productions, Grapefruit IPA from local brewers Arcade Brewery, and room decor/event coordinating by Jennifer from Ravenswood Event Center. View the full gallery of pictures here: http://fotio.co/5-28-16-ravenswood
Sometimes an accessory is all you need to make an outfit and in this case, it is making the photo. Dressing up allows us to play a bit, really diving into your inner child. We have pulled some Fotio photos from our archive to exemplify a good range of proper prop usage. Fotio is a fresh new take on the prop game. We source high quality and classic looking props to make sure the photos still look elegant with that special Fotio feel. Let us help you make your party, memorable, entertaining and most of all, AUTHENTIC.
The Chicago Club is a private social club, founded in 1869 located on the corner of Van Buren and Michigan Avenue in the Loop neighborhood of downtown Chicago. The clubhouse is perfect for business meetings, dining, weddings and social gatherings. When you walk in, you feel like you have entered a different time period. It feels like old Chicago. Knowing that some of the Chicago greats have walked through these halls, you can't help but wonder if their energy still lingers? The gorgeous wooden interior is classic and timeless. It really adds that element of sophistication that so many downtown Chicago buildings boast! Throughout the whole main floor, there are many portrait paintings of the founding fathers of the Chicago Club. Not only are they cool to look at, but it is part of Chicago's history! Fotio photo booth was set up in the middle of it all, blending in perfectly with it's vintage and classic feel! This venue is a great place, along with a bunch great people! The Chicago club is a perfect and elegant Chicago option for your wedding and reception. We hope to return very soon!
John Hancock Center is a 100 story monolith skyscraper in downtown Chicago on North Michigan Avenue. Built in 1967, this grand structure is known for it's "braced " exterior which allows the building to be extremely tall. Fotio photo both was set up in the building's 94th floor at the observation deck and event rental space. On a clear day you can see up to 60 miles in all directions from Chicago's 360 Observatory with views of Lake Shore Drive, North Avenue Beach, Lake Michigan, and even Navy Pier! Looking high above the city among the clouds, you can't help but feel like you are dreaming in this magnificent rental space. This downtown Chicago venue is nothing but spectacular views and is perfect for your next corporate or private event where you want to showcase Chicago's true beauty. Out-of-towners and Chicago natives alike will be impressed! We hope to go back and visit very soon!
Chicago is known for it's summers. Rooftop parties, backyard BBQs and beach fun is all we can think about! We searched the archive and picked some of our favorite summer memories! We love being outside in the warm Chicago air. North Avenue Beach was a blast: we set up at Castaways for the PAWS Chicago boat party Fundraiser, a Chicago favorite. Galleria Marchetti is the PERFECT place for outdoor fun in the sun Friday afternoon kind of place. Table Shuffle Board was set up along with a set of bags in the backyard! We also love the Lacuna Artist Lofts Rooftop venue, Lincoln Park Nature Walk, and Camp Wandawega! Here is some summer inspiration for your next outdoors event!
If you are looking for a unique one of a kind Chicago experience then Catalyst Ranch is your place! It is a playfully decorated event space located in Chicago's Near West Side very close to downtown that is filled to the brim with unique vintage treasures and whimsical charm. Catalyst Ranch is perfect for company parties, corporate meetings, bridal showers, baby showers and most of all WEDDINGS. Perched high up in an old Chicago warehouse building the Catalyst Ranch makes you feel like you are on a planet all your own. This is a truly special venue that is worth checking out!
We had so much fun working with UNICEF Next Gen for their annual Hope Gala after party at the Geraghty located in Pilsen, Chicago! This is such a good cause and it's so fun to see many familiar faces at this popular fundraiser (always love running into Candid Candace!). The Geraghty is a cool new venue by Kehoe Designs Company. It is stocked with many modern amenities yet still achieves a very classic and timeless feel. This is a spacious and highly customize-able venue space for your large wedding or corporate gathering! Fotio photo booth fit in perfectly at the venue - we used the ornate metal turf backdrop which looked amazing in the pictures!
Recently Fotio had the pleasure of shooting in the backyard of the Frank Lloyd Wright Emil Bach House for a unique outdoor Chicago wedding. This prairie style house was built in 1911 and sits quietly in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. When the house was constructed it was a "country home" with a clear view of Lake Michigan from its back porch. The home is part of a series of geometric, cubic homes with overhanging, flat roofs designed by Wright in the early 20th century. This Chicago Landmark with all of it's wooden paneling and gorgeous wooden interior, it is absolutely stunning. Every detail of this masterpiece screams Frank Lloyd Wright. Behind the house is this cute little Tea House which gives you this nice tranquil feeling while sitting in there sipping tea. The spacious backyard is where Fotio was set up during the wedding. We were outside in front of a stone and wooden panel adjacent to the tented reception area. The wall separated the front yard from the backyard which was kind of interesting. The Fotio photos are very fun and unique - we love this place!
Columbus Park Refectory is truly a magnificent Chicago wedding venue. It is located in Columbus Park, which is a 135-acre park on the far west side in the Austin neighborhood. Columbus Park was designed by the prairie landscape architect, Jens Jensen (it was his first large park which he began designing it in 1915!). The park reflects a Prairie School approach with lots of natural habitat surrounding the Refectory. Although Jensen designed the park himself, he did not design the Refectory. A local Chicago firm finished the building in 1923. The Refectory overlooks a stunning lagoon, stone ledges and abundance of native life. Inside, the Dining Hall has these sky high windows that really make the room so gorgeous and full of light. The dance Hall is where the Fotio photo booth was set up along with the DJ who played from an above alcove! People were on the dance floor having fun and snapping Fotio pictures all night long. The Columbus Park Refectory is the perfect place to travel back in time and escape the city on your special day. The venue and whole experience is beautiful, whimsical, and truly feels like a royal manor fit for a king and queen!