North East America Photo Booth Crawls

Chicago Photo Booth Crawl + $50 Lyft Code – Schelliam

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You may remember our Photo Booth Crawl Through Los Angeles  a few months ago (if you don’t, click here). Well, We found it to be a really good way to explore the city like a local because photo booths are often in bars and other places a local would hang. We enjoyed ourselves so much that did it again, except this time, in Chicago.

There are few photo booths that were on our list that we ended up not visiting – we stuck with the ones we really wanted to go to (based on our internet research), but we’ll share all of the ones we know about with you so you can take your pick.

We went to 8 total, 5 of them Vintage Chemical Booths and 3 of them Digital.

Let’s begin with a screenshot of the Google Maps route we made. (click on it to explore it in Google Maps)

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We took a Lyft from photo booth to photo booth – which allowed us to leisurely drink in each location and enjoy ourselves a little bit more without worrying about driving, parking, valet, etc.

(If you haven’t already signed up for Lyft, click here for $50 in free rides!)

SO, let’s get started.

 

Photo Booth 1:

Holiday Club (chemical)

Address: 4000 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613

Phone: (773) 348-9600

We began at the most Northern part of Chicago on our list so we could work our way strategically down the city. Our first location, Holiday Club, was a bar with a Rat Pack theme, pool tables, a patio, and absolutely delicious food. We ordered the special of the day and sat at the bar and relaxed before hitting the booth.
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The settings appear slightly off, as we are out of focus – but we love this chemical strip anyways.

Photo Booth 2:

The Long Room (digital)

Address: 1612 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
We walked to the Long Room next, just under a mile away.

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The Long Room was literally a long narrow room with a bar. It ended in it’s own little section for the photo booth (with photo strips all over the walls and a lounge area, yay!) and had a patio as well. This bar was probably our least favorite of the ones we visited. We took our photo strips and got out cause it was so incredibly noisey. Not with music or laughter, just noisy. We’re not sure the longness of the room creates very pretty acoustics. hah.

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Did You Know: Vintage Chemical Photo Booths only give you 1 copy of your photo strip vs the modern Digital booths that give you 2?
The 2 Long Room photo strips are unique in the sense that one has the logo and the other doesn’t. One is square images and the other is vertical. Weird.

Photo Booth 3:

Village Tap Bar (chemical)

Address: 2055 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618
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We’re out of focus but this is one of our favorite strips.

Photo Booth 4:

Quenchers Saloon (digital)

Phone: (773) 276-9730

Address: 2401 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This is a cash only bar so come prepared. Their photo booth gives 2 strips, both horizontal, one in color and one in black and white. We aren’t sure we dig the horizontal format mixed with the logo and the overexposure.

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Photo Booth 5:

Slippery Slope

Phone: (773) 799-8504

Address: 2357 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Slippery Slope is in Logan Square, what some would call Chicago’s Hipster District. You get a Bob Saget stamp when you go in for crying out loud – how much cooler does it get? Oh, a Skee Ball Machine. And more. The entire space is lit up red with photo strips hanging from the ceiling of the bar area and a back area for dancing with a DJ who kills it.

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Even though this photo strip is horizontal, it’s one of our favorites as well. It’s a combination of our poses, the black border, their dope logo, and more.

 

Photo Booth 6:

Weegees Lounge (Chemical)

Weegees Lounge wasn’t as popping as some of the other bars we visited. There were people there but they were all very moderately quiet as if they were talking about philosophy or something of the sorts. We don’t remember if there actually was Jazz music playing but we’re gonna say there was. Seems like a nice place for dinner.

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This photo strip is obscure and you can’t really tell what we’re doing and we love it.

 

Photo Booth 7:

Rainbo Club (Chemical)

Phone: (773) 489-5999

Address: 1150 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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Rainbo Club was just one big space with really well priced beer. We dig it.

Photo Booth 8:

Skylark (Chemical)

Phone: (312) 948-5275

Address: 2149 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

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MORE PHOTO BOOTHS YOU CAN VISIT:

There are a few other photo booths around the city that you can hit up in addition to the ones we went to:
The Beauty Bar
The Empty Bottle
Deville Bar
Schubas
The Flat Iron
Lincoln Tap Room

TIPS:

Research the bars you’re considering going to. Call them to confirm they still have a photo booth.

Look up the location on Instagram to see all the images taken there – it’ll let you see what type of print you can expect before going.

Make sure you know what time each of the locations opens and closes and if they have a happy hour or drink specials on certain days.

Map out your trip ahead of time.

Have fun.

WHAT WE DISCOVERED:

We decided that when it comes to the traditional photo strip, we are more aesthetically drawn to the traditional 4 image strip with a black border instead of white. Do you have an opinion?

A FEW MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR TRIP:

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WEDDING WE PHOTOGRAPHED WHILE IN CHICAGO

Until Next Time!
XOXO