Illustrated ceramics collection, featuring Chicago architecture

Here is a look at some of our recently released ceramics collection. Our bungalow snack plates:

Our handmade ceramic plates are crafted from white stoneware, finished with a matte blue-gray glaze, and feature Phil’s pen and ink drawings. 

Perfect for fans of classic Chicago bungalows, these plates are great for snacks, desserts, or simply for decoration.

  • Approximate size is 5.75” wide by 1" tall.
  • Dishwasher safe. Oven and microwave use is not recommended.
  • Because these are handmade, sizes and surfaces will vary slightly. 

Go here for more details and to purchase.

The Chicago River

The Chicago River carves the city like a canyon, it's got moods, it turns blue, teal, sometimes bright green, it's been around longer than the city. It's a natural beauty in the middle of epic architecture. It's no wonder so many visitors make the river cruise their first intro to Chicago.

This is made for anyone who loves the Riverwalk, gawking at the buildings on the riverfront, taking in St Paddy's Day--or who just loves the river, period. 

You can buy one of these prints today here. 

chicago river drawing


Here's the answer key to the Chicago landmarks contest we posted on Twitter.
March 31, 2020 — Phil Thompson
Portraits of the Home in Pen & Ink

Portraits of the Home in Pen & Ink

Here's a selection of some of the pen and ink portraits I've done in recent years. Many of them are in Chicago/the Chicagoland area. What I love is looking back on the homes and remembering some of the personal or specific building details requested: a cat in the window, a potted plant, a brick detail. For many, it wou

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

February 06, 2020 — Phil Thompson

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 

    October 03, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

    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!


    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
    August 01, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping
    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.

    April 15, 2019 — Phillip Thompson