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Back in 2010, I came out with the map of Chicago's great beer bars. The idea had struck, if you can believe it, when I was having a beer at Map Room. When we released it, we did a few beer events like Beer Hoptacular. It was there I met Liz Garibay, who was giving history tours of Chicago bars and also creating an app around those bars. Lots of enthusiasm for new projects.
Fast forward 6 years and we've collaborated on this new map, Breweries of Chicago, which we're happy to now release. This shows 41 of Chicago's breweries, from Ale Syndicate Brewers to Vice District Brewing Company. We've got long-established spots like Goose Island Clybourn, as well as newer places like Band of Bohemia.
We hope to inspire Chicago beer lovers to head out and visit all of these spots, sample the beer, and enjoy the variety of life. This is available on my site here. The shortened link is www.chibrewmap.com.
I wanted to share a few examples of building drawings I've done for customers.
The first example is the Rookery, which I carried out for an architect I met at the Ravenswood art walk. I've posted this elsewhere, but wanted to walk through the panels.
The first is an elevation drawing. This took a while. I started with a tour of the Rookery, which I believe was given by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and I took tons of photos.
Drawing of the Rookery interior:
Drawing the Rookery exterior details:
So that's an example of a building drawing that's historic. The Rookery is stunning. It's like Chicago's Taj Mahal, and definitely deserves all the attention. So glad that it was restored to its current glory, I believe in the 80s.
But there's other work that I do, some of which is less prominent on the site. Here's one that I did for developer Evan Oliff, who wanted to show off one of his properties and present an original to his client:
Yet another building drawing example is something like the one below--made for the Skokie County Club. This is a drawing of the exterior of their building. The final version had the names of all the board members in a coin-like medallion over the building.
Finally, one other example of the custom building drawing is this one, done for the great restaurant Daniel in New York. They wanted to have a holiday card with their building facade done and thought that it would have more character if done by hand.
And this is the final version of their card:
So that's just a small sample of the building drawings I do. Please get in touch here and let me know what I can do for you.
In 1871, fire swept through Chicago, ravaging a huge swath of the city from 18th Street to Fullerton Avenue. In its ashes, citizens immediately began the process of building the city taller and more stately.
In 1872, one of those citizens built a cottage of his own at 1241 N. State Street. Like most of the cottages popping up at the time, it was brick rather than combustible wood, suited to the narrow lots, economical—good for a worker and his family.
Within a decade or so that worker had new neighbors: distinguished families like Potter, Goodman, and Lincoln, all living in mansions. Today, Gold Coast is chic, bustling, populated, and well-developed.
That worker's cottage is the last of its kind, nestled among larger multi-unit buildings that are almost literally squeezing the cottage between them. The economy of the neighborhood is almost like a slow tectonic force acting on a grain of sand.
DNAInfo recently reported that this cottage has just been sold to a developer with plans to demolish the home and build something more lucrative in its place.
I love a free market. I don't begrudge the seller or the developer. There's an opportunity to add value to a property that had been so neglected, its exterior was crumbling and its kitchen lacked appliances. No one was showing it much love—that is, until its sale made the news.
On the other hand, I love that this home is a slice of the city's history. It has cultural value to anyone who loves and appreciates that history. More than an artifact, though, the home stands for the long-forgotten people who passed through. It's a thing that holds tight to the past and asks you to remember, despite the weather and the years.
If you want to support the preservation of this home and others like it, the organization Preservation Chicago takes the lead on issues like this. I'm not affiliated with them.
DIGITAL IMAGE: The sketch below is available for free in a downloadable high-resolution 8.5" x 11" pdf.
PRINT: Or if you'd prefer, we can send you a signed print on high-quality, heavy stock paper. That's available for purchase here for $16. I also do custom home and building portraits. For more like this home, check out this gallery of home drawings.