We are sunsetting Cape Horn Illustration...

We are sunsetting Cape Horn Illustration...

...and raising up Wonder City Studio!

We wanted to have a name and look that felt equal to our evolution. "Illustration" didn't tell the whole story. "Cape Horn" didn't either. Katie's ceramics are now a key pillar of our studio. And we wanted a more focused mission, more polished look, a fresh start. We felt especially energized to make this change as we've built our new physical studio space.

About the name and logo
"Wonder City" is a little-used nickname for Chicago. We think its origins date to a book written to be released for the World's Fair in 1893, kind of a boosterist book filled with big stories and facts about the then-up-and-coming city. We bought the first edition on eBay, and that's pictured below.

We thought that "Wonder City" was a perfect way to describe what we do. We get a sense of wonder of the architecture and history of the city around us, and we want to inspire others to feel the same way about their own city, neighborhood, home.

The bottom line: We create artwork that honors the architecture and history of places worth preserving, with a special love for Chicago. We help our clients honor cherished homes, buildings, neighborhoods, cities; and we partner with organizations with similar missions.

The logo makes a few references:
  • The iconic three towers of the 1933 World's Fair, the Century of Progress.
  • Looking overhead at the tops of cottage roofs, which you can see in so many neighborhoods.
  • The tips of ink pens. A nod to our origins in ink but more generally, to our arts-based focus.

Many thanks to Steve Shanabruch for creating this logo! We loved working with him.

We've given our website a fresh look and are changing things top to bottom, from postcards to the sign on our door. It's amazing just how many things there are to change, and you will probably see signs of "Cape Horn Illustration" for some time to come, but eventually it'll be all Wonder City Studio.

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Illustrated ceramics collection, featuring Chicago architecture

Here is a look at some of our recently released ceramics collection. Our bungalow snack plates:

Our handmade ceramic plates are crafted from white stoneware, finished with a matte blue-gray glaze, and feature Phil’s pen and ink drawings. 

Perfect for fans of classic Chicago bungalows, these plates are great for snacks, desserts, or simply for decoration.

  • Approximate size is 5.75” wide by 1" tall.
  • Dishwasher safe. Oven and microwave use is not recommended.
  • Because these are handmade, sizes and surfaces will vary slightly. 

Go here for more details and to purchase.

The Chicago River

The Chicago River carves the city like a canyon, it's got moods, it turns blue, teal, sometimes bright green, it's been around longer than the city. It's a natural beauty in the middle of epic architecture. It's no wonder so many visitors make the river cruise their first intro to Chicago.

This is made for anyone who loves the Riverwalk, gawking at the buildings on the riverfront, taking in St Paddy's Day--or who just loves the river, period. 

You can buy one of these prints today here. 

chicago river drawing
CHICAGO LANDMARKS! THE ANSWER KEY

CHICAGO LANDMARKS! THE ANSWER KEY

Here's the answer key to the Chicago landmarks contest we posted on Twitter.
Portraits of the Home in Pen & Ink

Portraits of the Home in Pen & Ink

Here's a selection of some of the pen and ink portraits I've done in recent years. Many of them are in Chicago/the Chicagoland area. What I love is looking back on the homes and remembering some of the personal or specific building details requested: a cat in the window, a potted plant, a brick detail. For many, it wou

Welcome to Crest Ridge Country Land Reserve


I thought it would be fun to do a self-referential "home styles" guide of the American suburbs--or at least, the worst of the American suburbs. I've always enjoyed the writing of Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell, who hilariously breaks down exactly why some of the suburban home designs (McMansions!) just don't sit well, on many levels. So, taking inspiration from her writing, I made this little grid of homes from a fictional development called "Crest Ridge Country Land Reserve," and here it is.

home styles of the american suburbs

Some places you can find me this year

Here are the shows I did in 2019. If you stopped by, thank you. See you in 2020.

Renegade Craft Fair (Holiday!) - Dec 7-8 at Bridgeport Art Center
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One of a Kind Holiday Show - Dec 5-8 at Merchandise Mart 
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Renegade Craft Fair - Sep 7-8 on Division St (by Damen)
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Ravenswood Artwalk - Sep 14-15 at Beyond Design 
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Printers Row Lit Fest (Booth M-West) - June 8-9 on Printers Row
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One of a Kind Spring Show (Booth 1081) - April 27-29 at Merchandise Mart
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Renegade Craft Fair (Booth 114) - May 10-11 in Pilsen 
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    Downtown Architectural Styles of Chicago

    Because the neighborhood-focused "Home Styles of Chicago" needed a companion piece: This new print celebrate the variety of classic Chicago architectural styles that you can see in and around the loop. These buildings are representative of certain styles, some of which first flourished in Chicago itself. The first skyscrapers of the "Chicago School," the soaring and organic Sullivan-designed (or mimicked) buildings, the Mies-made modernist highrises.

    Click the image below to purchase!

     

    Shops that carry Cape Horn Illustration prints!

    Here's a selection of the great shops that carry our work! If you're looking for something specific, it's best to call ahead to see. They carry varying selections of our total product offering.

    Chicago

    • Sacred Art - 4619 N Lincoln Ave | (773) 728-2803
    • Neighborly - 1909 W Division St | (773) 840-2456
    • The Great Frame-Up - 8305 W Golf Rd (Niles, IL) |  (847) 966-8400
    • Transistor - 5224 N Clark St | (872) 208-5877
    • Galerie F - 2415 N Milwaukee Ave | (872) 817-7067
    • Artists Frame Service - 1867 N Clybourn | 433 N Wells St | (773) 248-2800
    • Foxtrot Market - 1722 W. Division St | Four other locations |  (773) 661-9232
    • Foursided - 2939 N Broadway St | (773) 248-1960
    • Smitten Boutique - 1047 W Madison St | (312) 226-7777

    New Orleans 

    • 1850 House Museum store - 523 Saint Ann St (Carrying the New Orleans Home Styles print) | (504) 524-9118
    Historic Stadiums and Ballparks of Chicago

    Historic Stadiums and Ballparks of Chicago

    All about the ballparks + stadiums of Chicago, past and present!