Glenview’s Best: Kohl Children’s Museum Family Touch A Truck 2024

TK Photography Chicago: Capturing the Joy at Kohl Children’s Museum’s Touch a Truck Family Festival

Hey there, parents! It’s TK Photography Chicago, your go-to Chicago event photography and Chicago family photography experts. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back photographing the Kohl Children’s Museum’s Touch a Truck Family Festival. As a leading Glenview family photographer, this event is one of our absolute favorites to capture, and we can’t wait to see the excitement and joy on the faces of your little ones.

Vibrant Scene at the Kohl Children's Museum Touch a Truck Event

As many of you know, Kohl Children’s Museum is not only a fantastic place for events like Touch a Truck, but they’re also one of our regular Chicago marketing photography clients. In fact, we had the privilege of photographing all the photos on their community outreach van seen in the image above. It was essential for us to feature kids from the community and have them interact with actual items from the museum. So, we reached out to our client families and held a casting call for those who love the museum. The results were incredible!

Families Engaging with Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

Now, let’s talk about the upcoming Touch a Truck Family Festival. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, with VIP access starting at 9:30 AM. The festival will take place at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) located at 2300 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026.

Children Exploring a Fire Truck at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

At Touch a Truck, children will have the opportunity to learn about trucks, cars, and other vehicles through hands-on experiences. They can look, climb, and play on over 40 different vehicles. Plus, there will be music, train rides, food trucks, and more at this incredible outdoor family festival.

Kids Enjoying a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Car at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

Ticket prices vary depending on whether you’re a museum member and if you want VIP or general admission. VIP tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. General admission tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets are required for each adult and child over 12 months of age, and they include access to all activities, including concerts, face painting, and kiddie train rides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Family Enjoying Food Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

It’s important to note that tickets are non-refundable after purchase, and the event will occur rain or shine. You can purchase VIP tickets here and timed entry general admission tickets: 10:30am Entry, 11:00am Entry and, 11:30am Entry. General admission tickets include timed entry windows, so please select your preferred entry time.

Children Running Towards Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

We’re also excited to share that there will be a Horn-Free Hour from 1-2 PM. During this time, trucks will not turn on sirens, flashing lights, or beep horns, creating a sensory-friendly environment for children who are sensitive to loud noises and lights.

One of the things we love most about photographing this event is running into so many of the families we’ve had the pleasure of working with for Chicago family photography sessions. It’s always a joy to see familiar faces and watch as the children grow and explore year after year.

By participating in the Touch a Truck Family Festival, you’re not only giving your child an unforgettable experience, but you’re also supporting Kohl Children’s Museum’s mission to provide learning opportunities for kids. We can’t wait to see you there and capture all the magical moments!

If you are looking for event photography you can learn more about our work here.

Families Gathering Around Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

Check out some more photos from previous Touch a Truck events:

Unveiling the Magic: Designing Unforgettable Smash Cakes

Elevating the Smash Cake Experience: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Design Process

Smash Cake Session

At TK Photography Chicago, we’re constantly seeking ways to enhance our clients’ experiences and provide them with the most memorable smash cake sessions possible. We’ve recently created an in-depth guide that delves into the heart of our design process, giving parents a behind-the-scenes look at how we craft these unforgettable moments.

Our new “How We Design Our Smash Cake Mini Sessions” page is a testament to the thought and care we put into every aspect of these sessions. From the initial consultation to the final photograph, we walk you through the steps we take to ensure that your child’s smash cake experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

We believe that every child is unique, and their smash cake session should reflect their individual personality. That’s why we work closely with parents to understand their vision and preferences, tailoring every detail to create a personalized celebration that showcases their little one’s charm.

Our guide explores the art of crafting the perfect backdrop, coordinating decorations for a cohesive look, and collaborating with the acclaimed West Town Bakery to design a smash cake that is both visually stunning and irresistibly delicious. We also discuss how we simplify the outfit selection process by aligning our backdrops to match your chosen outfit, ensuring that every photograph is a perfect blend of style and joy.

Beyond the aesthetics, our new page emphasizes the emotional significance of these sessions. We understand that a child’s first birthday is a precious milestone, and we strive to capture the laughter, delight, and adorable messiness that comes with this special day, creating cherished keepsakes that families will treasure for years to come.

We invite you to explore our “How We Design Our Smash Cake Mini Sessions” page to gain a deeper understanding of the passion and dedication we bring to every smash cake session. This comprehensive guide serves as a powerful companion to our main smash cake page, providing parents with the knowledge and inspiration they need to embark on this unforgettable journey with confidence.

Book your child’s smash cake session today and allow us to create a joyful, stress-free experience that preserves this precious chapter in your family’s story.

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Embracing Empathy in Family Photography

Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography |

Introduction: Embracing Empathy in Family Photography

Photography is more than just capturing images; it’s about capturing emotions, stories, and the unique dynamics of each family. At TK Photography, we understand that every family comes with its own set of experiences and expectations. Recognizing this, we strive to create an environment where every family feels welcomed and valued, no matter their story. In this blog, we delve into how an empathetic, child-centered approach can transform family photography sessions into memorable experiences.

Understanding and Adapting to Family Dynamics

Every family that steps into our studio brings a unique set of experiences. Some of our most cherished clients include neurodiverse children and those with special needs. These families often tell us they choose TK Photography because we truly see their child and meet them where they are.

Our focus is not on capturing a preconceived image of who a child should be, but on embracing and highlighting who they are. We believe in capturing the authentic spirit and personality of every child, understanding that beauty and joy are found in the genuine moments of connection and expression.

It’s our privilege to create a space where children can be themselves, without the pressure of expectations. We find that when children are comfortable and free to express themselves, the photos capture not just a moment, but the essence of who they are.

Creating a Welcoming Environment for All Families

At TK Photography, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that is not just welcoming but also understanding of each family’s unique journey. We know that the moments leading up to a photography session can be filled with unexpected challenges. Whether it’s sleep deprivation, the stress of planning, or the unpredictability of a child’s mood, we are prepared and empathetic.

Our philosophy is simple: families should feel welcomed exactly as they are. There’s no need for pretense or worry about fitting a certain mold. We celebrate the chaos, the unplanned moments, and the spontaneous laughter that often accompany family sessions. This approach allows us to relieve stress for families, assuring them that we are here to capture their real, unfiltered joy.

Capturing the Unique Joy and Character of Each Family

Our goal in every session is to capture the true joy and character of each family. We understand that these moments do not occur in isolation. The days and hours before the session, the tiny but significant events in a family’s life, all contribute to the story we aim to capture through our lenses.

We are not just photographers; we are storytellers who use our cameras to celebrate the uniqueness of each family. We recognize that the beauty of a family photo lies not in perfection, but in capturing the genuine essence of relationships and individual personalities.

A Special Note on Professionalism and Adaptability

Professionalism in family photography extends beyond technical skill with a camera. It encompasses the ability to adapt to the unique needs and dynamics of each family. This adaptability is especially crucial when working with neurodiverse children or those with special needs.

We approach each session with a flexible mindset, ready to adjust our techniques to suit the comfort and preferences of each child and family. Our team is trained to recognize and respect the individuality of every child, ensuring a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

Photographed by Sam | © 2019 TK Photography |

Conclusion and Call to Action

In conclusion, at TK Photography, we believe in the power of photography to capture the beauty of every family’s story. Our empathetic, child-centered approach has been recognized and appreciated by families and educational institutions alike.

If you are looking for a photographer who sees and appreciates the unique beauty of your child, or if you are a photographer who believes in a child-centered, empathetic approach, we invite you to contact us. Join us in our journey to capture the real, joyful essence of every family.

Creating Lasting Summer Memories: Your Ultimate Summer Photo Bucket List in Chicago

Creating Lasting Summer Memories: Your Ultimate Summer Photo Bucket List in Chicago


Childhood is a fleeting season, and summer passes in the blink of an eye. To make the most of this precious time with your family in Chicago, it’s essential to start making your summer bucket list now. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you capture breathtaking moments and create lasting memories that will warm your heart for years to come. In this blog post, we will explore some fantastic photo opportunities unique to Chicago that will help you make the most of your summer and preserve those cherished moments forever.

Photographed by Thomas | © 2022 TK Photography |

1. Capture breathtaking moments at a beach sunset:

Chicago is blessed with beautiful lakefront beaches, providing a perfect setting to capture stunning sunset moments. Two of our favorite spots are Montrose Beach and North Avenue Beach, where you can watch the sun descend behind the city skyline, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for your family photos. As the golden hour casts a warm glow, gather your loved ones and strike poses in the sand, capturing the joy and togetherness of the moment. Let the gentle waves and the vibrant colors of the sky serve as a picturesque frame, creating timeless images that encapsulate the carefree spirit of summer.

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

2. Explore the beauty of the Chicago Riverwalk and LaSalle Street Bridge:

The Chicago Riverwalk and LaSalle Street Bridge offer a unique blend of urban charm and natural beauty. Start your adventure near Wacker Drive and stroll along the river, taking in the breathtaking architecture and the vibrant atmosphere. Pose for photos with the iconic LaSalle Street Bridge as your backdrop, capturing the energy and spirit of the city. Allow your family’s laughter and candid moments of exploration to be frozen in time, as you document your journey through the heart of Chicago. Don’t forget to pause at notable spots like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza or the City Winery, where the surroundings provide additional opportunities for beautiful family portraits.

3. Take a stroll through your neighborhood, stopping at your favorite ice cream or dessert spot for a photo:

Chicago neighborhoods are known for their local charm and vibrant culinary scene. Take a leisurely walk through your neighborhood, exploring its unique character. Capture the essence of the community by pausing at your favorite ice cream or dessert spot for a photo. Whether it’s Jeni’s Ice Cream in Bucktown or Lincoln Park, or a yummy desert from Cafe Selmarie in Lincoln Square, let the vibrant colors and delectable treats serve as a backdrop for your family portraits. These images will not only evoke the joy of indulging in your favorite flavors but also remind you of the shared moments of laughter and happiness that accompany these neighborhood outings.

Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography |

4. Gather extended family together for some group photos while they’re in town visiting:

Chicago is often a destination for family gatherings, as it offers a wide range of attractions and activities. Plan a special family reunion in a picturesque location like Millennium Park, where the iconic Cloud Gate (affectionately known as “The Bean”) provides a reflective surface for unique group photos. As multiple generations come together, capture the love, warmth, and connection that family brings. The vibrant greenery, the Chicago skyline, and the smiles of your loved ones will create a collage of memories that will transport you back to the joyous moments spent in Chicago. Alternatively, gather at Lincoln Park Zoo for a fun-filled day amidst lush greenery, capturing candid moments of laughter and bonding that will forever remind you of the joyous family time spent in the heart of the city.

Location Goldfish Swim School Roscoe Village
Photographed by Thomas | Location Goldfish Swim School Roscoe Village

5. Have some fun poolside and capture splashing around and underwater shots:

If you’re looking for poolside fun in Chicago, head to one of the city’s many public pools or water parks. As the sun glistens on the water, capture the excitement as your little ones splash around, their laughter filling the air. Freeze the action with candid shots of your children’s delight, showcasing their carefree spirits and the joy of summer. Underwater shots can be taken at private facilities that provide a unique perspective, allowing you to capture the playful expressions and the sheer exhilaration on their faces as they dive beneath the surface. These photographs will serve as a window into the magical world of childhood and the happiness experienced during summer days in Chicago.

Northerly Island | Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography |

6. Explore the serenity of nature preserves:

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature preserves around Chicago. Places like the North Park Village Nature Center and the Northerly Island provide a tranquil setting for family photos. Capture candid moments as you wander along nature trails, observing the beauty of the flora and fauna. The lush greenery and peaceful surroundings make for captivating images that reflect the harmony between your family and nature.


Chicago, with its diverse landscapes and vibrant cityscape, offers countless opportunities for creating lasting summer memories with your family. From beach sunsets at North Avenue Beach to exploring the Chicago Riverwalk and LaSalle Street Bridge, the city provides picturesque backdrops for your family photos. Indulging in neighborhood delights adds a touch of local charm. Whether gathering extended family in Millennium Park or enjoying poolside fun, Chicago offers unique experiences that will forever be captured in your photographs, allowing you to relive the joy, laughter, and love shared during those fleeting summer moments. Make this summer one to remember by documenting your adventures and creating lasting memories in the vibrant city of Chicago.

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