A list of locations for photo shoots in the Midwest, organized by state. If you live in one of the states below ((listed alphabetically)) post the state, city, and title or address of the location with a brief ((1 to 2 sentences)) description of the location. As locations are added, I'll add them to this post so things are organized nicely for everyone ^^
Millennium Park Garage- Chicago.
A cool urban setting with ambient lighting and graffiti. Careful though, there's security guards inside the garage that you'll have to dodge after a certain point, not to mention dodging the cars themselves.
Fourth Presbyterian Church- Chicago.
Located on the Magnificent Mile, just a little ways away from another nice bit of architecture, the Water Towers. Highly recommend asking permission before photoshoots. There are almost always some people in the church be as quiet as possible when photographing.
The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing (connector bridge)- Chicago.
This location in specific is the elevator/escalator to the skybridge that connects the AIC to Millennium Park, and it has this cool clean, white futuristic feel that the entire Modern Wing has. Also, you'll get a lot less weird looks here, since it's SAIC. Fair warning: You'll be dodging groups of visitors and occasionally the Board of Directors (their meeting room is connected to this structure on the third floor), and you can't go too late or it'll be closed (check museum times on the AIC website).
Downtown Ann Arbor
Cathedrals in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, there's a lot up here.
Park- Edina, near the Blick Art Store
Como Park Conservatory- Saint Paul.
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Roseville Central Park- Roseville.
2525 Dale Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113
The City Museum - a giant picturesque jungle gym with themed areas including caves, a huge whale, an architecture museum that includes Victorian and Egyptian sections, and castle turrets. Photoshoots are best done during weekdays when it's less crowded, and it costs $10-$14 to get in.
Joslyn Castle- Omaha.
An old stone mansion near the Joslyn Art Museum in Downtown Omaha.
Henry Doorly Zoo- Omaha.
Large zoo with aquarium, indoor rainforest and indoor desert.
Omaha Public Power District Arboretum- Omaha.
4302 Jones Plaza (108th and Blondo)
Omaha, NE 68105
Chalco Hills Arboretum- Omaha.
Papio-Missouri River NRD- Omaha.
8901 S. 154th St.
Omaha, NE 68138-3621
Metropolitan Community College Arboretum- Omaha.
30th and Fort Streets
Omaha, NE 68103
Hocking Hills and Old Man's Cave - near Athens, OH - http://www.hockinghills.com/
Beautiful caves and hiking paths, pretty waterfalls. Good walking shoes recommended!
Ohio Statehouse - Columbus, OH - http://www.ohiochannel.org/your_stat..._operation.cfm
Great location with grand columns and sweeping staircases. Best to shoot on Saturdays and Sundays - the offices are closed, and there are very few people around. No permit needed as long as you are not shooting professionally.
Whetstone Park of Roses - 3901 N High ST, Clintonville, OH (suburb of Columbus) -
13 acres of gardens, full of flowers from spring to fall. Public park, very popular with wedding parties!
Milwaukee- mansion turned garden/art museum called Villa Terrace- http://www.villaterracemuseum.org/