The following locations are independently managed, please call them directly: 

  • Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool | (773) 883-7275
  • Lincoln Park Zoo | (312) 742-2000
  • Maggie Daley Park & Cancer Survivors Garden | (312) 552-3000
  • Millennium Park |  (312) 744-6050
  • Olive Park | (312) 744-6635


News Media Filming & Photography

To conduct a professional journalism-based activity on park property an approved News Media Confirmation Form is required.  To obtain this form, contact the Chicago Park District Department of Communications at (312) 742-4786. Fees do not apply for news media filming & photography.

Do I Need a Permit?

A permit is required for the following types of filming and photography: 

  • Non-commercial use, such as engagement, wedding, and other special occasions
  • Commercial, such as advertising, catalog photos, publications
  • Documentary
  • Web-based media
  • Student projects
    • Student applicants will be required to submit proof of enrollment in an accredited school working on a class project, to qualify for a student rate.
Permit Pricing

Filming & Photography Permit Pricing includes a $35 Application Fee + Permit Fees

Media Permit Types Security Deposit Permit Fees Insurance Required

Non-Commercial Filming/Photography
e.g. Wedding Photos

No Fee

$45 (per location, per hour)


Student Filming/Photography
Must be a class project 

No Fee

$45 (per location, per date)


Commercial Photography
e.g. catalog photos 


$890 (per location, per date)


Filming Level 1
1-5 crew, talent, vendors, volunteers, etc.


$315 (per location, per date)


Filming Level 2
6-12 crew, talent, vendors, volunteers, etc.


$510 (per location, per date)


Filming Level 3
13-20 crew, talent, vendors, volunteers, etc.


$1,150 (per location, per date)


Filming Level 4
21 and greater crew, talent, vendors, volunteers, etc.


$2,150 (per location, per date)


Note: Media Permit availability may be limited during peak periods. Additional fees may apply for indoor locations which vary by site.

Reserve a Permit

Reserve a permit for non-commercial photography (such as engagement, wedding, and other special occasions) at the following locations by clicking on the Book Now button below.

  • Buckingham Fountain (fountain shut down November 1, 2023 until spring 2024)
  • Garfield Park Conservatory (see Conservatory notes below)
  • Humboldt Park Formal Garden
  • Jackson Park Osaka Garden
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory (see Conservatory notes below)
  • Lincoln Park Great Garden (south of the Conservatory)
  • Lincoln Park North Pond Rustic Pavilion
  • Lincoln Park Plaza W of North Pond Restaurant
  • Lincoln Park Rosenbaum Gazebo
  • Montrose Harbor Dr. Skyline View
  • Museum Campus Skyline View (Solidarity Dr.)
  • North Ave. Beach - Chess Pavilion
  • Ping Tom Park Pagoda

Conservatory Notes:

  • Reservations are free and required to enter the conservatories. Prior to booking a non-commercial media permit, make a reservation online for entry for all participants to ensure there is space available on the day and time of your permit.  Failure to include the entire party may result in you being turned away due to lack of space. Reservations are available 30 days out.  Both the proof of reservation and permit will be required to show when arriving at a conservatory for photography.  Use these links for conservatory reservations:
    Make a Garfield Park Conservatory Reservation (Entry Only)   |   Make a Lincoln Park Conservatory Reservation (Entry Only)



Book Now

For All Other Filming & Photography: 

Please complete Step 1 & Step 2 below 

Click on the following link to pay a non-refundable $35 Permit Application Fee now, and secure your spot in the queue.

2024 Permit Application Fee (click here)

Click on the link below to complete & submit a Media Permit Application.
Note: You will be asked to include your Permit Application Fee receipt number from Step 1.

2024 Media Permit Application (click here)

For any additional questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions, or call (312) 763-6710.