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

One of a Kind Holiday Show - Dec 5-8 at Merchandise Mart 

Renegade Craft Fair - Sep 7-8 on Division St (by Damen)

Ravenswood Artwalk - Sep 14-15 at Beyond Design 

Printers Row Lit Fest (Booth M-West) - June 8-9 on Printers Row

One of a Kind Spring Show (Booth 1081) - April 27-29 at Merchandise Mart

Renegade Craft Fair (Booth 114) - May 10-11 in Pilsen 

    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!

    chicago downtown architecture drawing


    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.


    • 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!

    New! Chicago Stadiums Series!

    This is my latest series: the stadiums of Chicago. This project was right at the intersection of my love for architecture, history, and Chicago tradition. These hometown teams go back a long way, more than a hundred years in some cases, and there is a continuity in the human experience that comes through in their built environment. We see echoes of the Roman Coliseum arches in Comiskey Park, and echoes of Comiskey Park in Guaranteed Rate Field. The baseball diamonds carry through as a recurring motif, through the many years; the walls are built tough and tall around the shells; flags reinforce that these are fortresses where battles are fought.

    Here is the link to the full collection.

    A Selection of some the Coolest Chicago Maps

    A Selection of some the Coolest Chicago Maps

    Here's a collection of some of my favorite maps of Chicago, from the historical to contemporary takes.

    I love the way the city formed. The city in its current form has a beautiful, orderly pattern of streets that radiates out from a core. I wanted to present some of the early maps of the city, where the first seeds of settlement happened, and present a chronology of illustrated maps. 

    Early cartographers showed the growth of the city from its origins at the Chicago River and its fork. Later cartographers and artists took liberties in showing the cityscape in different ways, highlighting certain elements like new transit lines, parks and boulevards, and modern aerial views.

    Hope you enjoy getting these bird's eye views of the city's history and growth.

    NOTE: If you want a closer view of these maps, right-click on the image and select "Open image in new tab." That will allow you to get an expandable view of the image and a better look at the details.

    Chicago Maps: Early Settlement. pre-1800-1833

    early chicago settlement map

    Imaginary view of Chicago in 1779. A. T. Andreas, History of Chicago from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, vol. 1 (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1884), frontispiece. Source


    early chicago birds eye settlement view

    Chicago in 1820. Chicago Lithographing Company, 1867. Chromolithograph on paper. Library of Congress. Source


    early chicago map

    Map of Chicago in 1812. Source


    early chicago map streets

     The original 1830 subdivision by the Illinois and Michigan Canal Commissioners.  Source.


    early chicago map 1830

    "Map of Chicago, Incorporated as a Town August 5, 1833." Walter Conley & O.E. Stelzer, 1933.  Source


    Chicago Maps: Growth and Industrialization until the Fire. 1857-1871

    vintage chicago map

    Chicago In Early Days. 1779-1857. Kurz & Allison, 1893. Source.


    chicago vintage map

    Lithograph by Christian Inger, based on a drawing by J.T. Palmatary. Published by Braunhold & Sonne. 1857. Source


    chicago early map

    Chicago, Chicago Lithographing Co., 1868.  Source.


    chicago birds eye map

    Currier & Ives.; published in Harper's Weekly (1 August 1874)  Source


    chicago fire map

    Richard’s Illustrated and Statistical Map of the Great Conflagration in Chicago. 1871.  Source.


    Chicago Maps: Post-Fire. 1874-1893

    chicago birds eye

    The City of Chicago / sketched & drawn on stone by Parsons & Atwater. Currier & Ives, publisher. 1874.  Source


    chicago map

    Guide map of new Chicago and suburbs. Author Stine & Clark,1889. Source.


    chicago view

    "Bird's eye view of Chicago, 1892." Roy, Peter. Source.


    chicago vintage map

    "1893 Grand View of Chicago." Treutlein, Th. Eagle Lithographing Co. Reynertson & Beckerman, 1893, c1892. Source.  


    chicago worlds fair view illustration

    "Bird's eye view of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893." Rand McNally and Company. Source.


    chicago birds eye map

    Library of Congress illustration of the official birdseye view of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1892. Source.


    Chicago Maps: Into the 20th Century. 1898-1916

    chicago birds eye vintage

    Bird's-eye-view of the business district of Chicago. Poole Brothers, c1898. Source.


    chicago rail map vintage

    Birds-eye view of the elevated railroads and the parks and boulevards of Chicago. Willis J. Champion, 1908. Source


    plan of chicago 1909

    "Chicago. View Looking West over the City, Showing the Proposed Civic Center, the Grand Axis, Grant Park, and the Harbor," (Jules Guerin). Plan of Chicago, published by Chicago architects Daniel H. Burnham, Jr. and Edward H. Bennett, 1909. Source.


    chicago vintage map

    Chicago, central business section. Reincke, Arno B. 1916. Source


    Chicago Maps: Post-Depression into mid-Century. 1930-1958

    chicago annexation map

    Map Showing the Territorial Growth of Chicago. Chicago Department of Public Works, Bureau of Maps and Plats, 1930. Source


    chicago aerial 1930s map

    An Illustrated Map of Chicago, Youthful City of the Big Shoulders, Restless, Ingenious, Wilful, Violent, Proud to be Alive! Charles Turzak, Boston, 1931. Source


    chicago gangland map

    A Map of Chicago's gangland from authentic sources: designed to inculcate the most important principles of piety and virtue in young persons, and graphically portray the evils and sin of large cities. Bruce-Roberts, Inc., 1931. Source.


    chicago birds eye map

    A Century of Progress, 1833-1933 : Chicago World's Fair Exposition. Reuben H. Donnelley Corp. 1933. Source


    chicago map

    Chicago. The Greatest Inland City in the World. Colortext Publications, Inc. 1938. Source


    chicago ethnic map

    Map illustrating the dominant ethnicities of different areas of Chicago in 1950. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Source


    chicago vintage rapid transit map

    "Elevate Map of Chicago Rapid Transit Lines." ca. 1950. Source: unknown


    chicago aerial view

    Chicagoland Panorama. Homer Goodman. Published by: Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry. 1964. Source.


    Chicago Maps: Modern Interpretations

    chicago hyde park panorama map

    Map of Hyde Park and view north. Lauren Nassef. 2007 [circa?] Source


    chicago super mario map

     Robert Bacon. 2013. Source


    chicago map

    T.S. Shure Map of Chicago Magnetic Playboard and Puzzle [2010?]. Source.


    chicago map

    Map of Roscoe Village: A Neighborhood of Chicago. Joe Mills. [Contemporary] Source.


    chicago map

    Chicago Neighborhood Map. Ork Posters [Contemporary] Source


    Photos of Craft Fair Booth Set-up

    A few shots of our booth set-up.

    [we re-branded to Wonder City Studio in 2021]


    renegade booth 2019

    renegade booth setup shot 


    Art Shows: Places I've Been, Places I'll Be in 2018

    These are the shows so far confirmed. Stop by! Say hello! Give me some constructive criticism!

    Show of Hands.
    MAY 4-6. Architectural Artifacts (Ravenswood)

    Renegade Craft Fair (Spring).
    MAY 12-13. Halsted St (Pilsen)

    57th Street Art Fair.
    JUNE 2-3. Kimbark & 57th (Hyde Park)

    Printers Row Lit Fest.
    JUNE 9-10. Dearborn & Harrison (Printer's Row)

    Gold Coast Art Fair.
    JUNE 16-17. Grant Park. Just North of Buckingham Fountain.

    Southport Art Festival.
    JULY 14-15. Southport & Waveland (Southport Corridor)

    Bucktown Arts Fest.
    AUG 25-26. Holstein Park area (Bucktown)

    Renegade Craft Fair (Fall).
    SEP 8-9. Division & Damen (Ukrainian Village)

    Ravenswood Artwalk. 
    SEPT 15-16. Venue: Beyond Design. (Ravenswood)

    Show of Hands (Holiday).
    NOV 16-18. Architectural Artifacts (Ravenswood)

    Renegade Craft Fair (Holiday)
    DEC 1-2. Bridgeport Art Center (Bridgeport)

    The One of a Kind Show (Holiday).  
    DEC 6-9. Merchandise Mart (River North)

      Chicago Lakefront Maps: The Kickstarter!

      I'm happy to announce a Kickstarter to create print editions of two new illustrated map editions.

      These maps are two distinct, illustrated bird's eye views / panoramas that celebrate Chicago's beautiful lakefront. One is a view eastward, focusing on the details and sites along the lakeshore, and one is the view westward, a color edition of the (recently sold-out) "Lakefront Currents."

      Just click here or the image preview below to visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support. I greatly appreciate it!