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Get to know Chicago's classic homes. 

We made an illustrated email tour so you can master the city's amazing neighborhood architecture. 

panorama drawing of 5 chi homes

We'll send you one chapter every Sunday evening for six weeks, each one with descriptions and illustrations of a variety of types and styles, told in a generational story arc of a Chicago family.

Registration closes August 31st.

Next tour starts September 4th.

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Here's what we cover.

Chapter 1
A Chicago Story in Homes

Chapter 2
A Cottage for the Workers

Chapter 3
Shades of Grey(stone)-esque

Chapter 4
The Victorian Reign

Chapter 5
Two-flat, Three-flat, Six-flat, More

Chapter 6
Life in the Belt: Bungalow Country

Here's what people had to say.

"This email series is SO incredibly good. It unlocks the answers to a million questions I’ve had driving around Chicago. I can’t really explain it, but the effect is profound." - Alex K.
"Really great and enjoyable!...Informative, not too complicated/detailed and therefore a good, brief introduction to the different styles, with beautiful illustrations that support the story."  - Arjan J.
 "I loved loved loved this! Tons of fun to read, great formatting, enjoyed the illustrations, and I liked following the family’s narrative." - James B.
"Engaging and easy to follow. Great reference photos/drawings as well! All this background context will certainly make our neighborhood walks/explorations richer as we notice small details in the houses we walk past. We even forwarded this series along to relatives/friends." - Megan C.
"It's excellent! I particularly like the tips on what to look for to identify certain styles out in the wild, and the explanation of the historical influences on the styles."  - Lauren B.
"I'm loving this so much! I'm out of town, so this is giving me just the right amount of homesickness."  - Laura V.
 "Love your descriptions and clarity, and the depth of research and passion is obvious." - Travis P.

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About Us.

Wonder City Studio creates 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. More.