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.

Based along the Ravenswood corridor, Wonder City Studio was founded by Katie Lauffenburger and Phil Thompson.

We sell through a variety of great retail partners. You can find us at shows like the One of a Kind Show, Renegade Craft Fair, and the Ravenswood Artwalk, among others. You might have seen our work displayed at the Chicago Architecture Center, the Field Museum, or on screen in "The Big Sick" and Netflix's "Easy." 

Our work has been shown on ArchDaily, Apartment Therapy, Block Club Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicagoist, Curbed Chicago, and others below.

katie and phil and vincent photo in studio


Business Insider
A Couple in Chicago Quit Their Corporate Jobs to Pursue Careers as Artists — February 2022 [view]

NBC Chicago
Artist Quit Her Job to Make Mini Replicas of People's Chicago Homes — January 2022 [view]

From portraits, prints and sculptures of homes, Chicago couple tells your story through their art — January 2022 [view]

Chicago Agent Magazine
Local sculptor finds success selling tiny replicas of Chicago homes — January 2022 [view]

Fox 32 Chicago
Ravenswood sculptor turns Chicago homes into artwork — January 2022 [view]

Block Club Chicago
This Ravenswood Sculptor Wants To Make You A Mini Replica Of Your Chicago-Style Home — January 2022 [view]

WTTW "Chicago Tonight"
Artists Show There's No Place Like Home — December 2021 [view]

WGN TV Feature
Married Couple’s Ravenswood Art Studio Features Wide Variety of Chicago-based Art — March 2021 [view]

Chicago Magazine
These Chicago Bungalow Planters Are to Die For — February 2021 [view]

Where to Buy Now: The Architecture Buff's Edition — May 21, 2019 [view]

Block Club
Wait, Are Two-Flats Only a Chicago Thing? — February 18, 2019 [view]

Love Your Work Podcast Interview
Make Art That Sells — July 9, 2018 [view]

Curbed Chicago
Ravenswood Artist Illustrates Intricate Portraits of Chicago Homes — March 23, 2018 [view]

My Modern Met
Marathon Runner Creates Illustrated Maps of Running Routes Around the World — October 26, 2017 [view]

Runner's World
Famous Marathon Maps Are Given a Creative Twist — August 3, 2016 [view]

Arch Daily
Cape Horn Illustration Creates Detailed Ink Drawings of Chicago Residences — January 12, 2016 [view]

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Pride, Illustrated — September 4, 2015 [view]

Uncommon Goods
Inside the Artist's Studio with Phil Thompson — January 24, 2015 [view]

Drawing a Classic Chicago Greystone — July 22, 2014 [view]

The Boston Marathon, Illustrated — April 9, 2014 [view]

Modern Luxury Interiors
Service, Rendered — Spring 2014 [view]

DNA Info
Ravenswood Illustrator Specializes in Portraits of Peoples' Homes — March 3, 2014 [view]

Chicago's Beer Bars Map — June 9, 2010 [view]