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Winnemac Park Neighbors: Hand drawn home and building portraits by Ravenswood resident

Phil and Katie are local Ravenswood residents and frequent Winnemac Park. Check out their home and building illustration/ portrait service.  Tell them you learned about his company here at  We like to use this site to promote local services and craftsman.

My name is Phil Thompson, and my wife and I are behind Ravenswood-based Cape Horn Illustration. We create pen and ink home and building portraits for individuals and businesses who want to give their place of residence a lasting legacy. We’ve worked with clients getting home and business portraits for gifts and marketing pieces. 


As readers of this blog know, Chicago is a rich place for residential architecture. There’s so much to uncover about Chicago beyond the well-known landmarks in the loop. Our illustration work has brought us face to face with the distinctive styles of the city: The bungalows, two-flats (as above), A-frame cottages, and more. You can view a collection of examples here to see how what styles are represented in our work.

All work is pen and ink on a heavy paper stock, and everything is drawn by hand. We prefer the classic, “etched” look because it exposes the labor of the work, each line and hatch-mark, behind a given home portrait. This method also gets us close to the details of the built environment; each building stone and ornament requires careful attention and concentration. 

For more examples of work, or to get in touch about getting a home portrait, check out our site.