Uncommon Goods, Luxe Magazine, and Small Bar

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Phillip Thompson | 0 comments

We are very happy to be part of Uncommon Goods’ lineup of curated products. We were even happier to have Art Buyer Katy Loeb create a writeup on our little corner of the world on Hermitage Avenue. She covered the inspirations of Cape Horn Ill., the methods, and the physical environment. Overall, a fantastic piece. Check out the whole thing over on their blog. One thing that I think Katy captured especially well is that my interest in doing home and building drawings has emerged very organically from my love for Chicago homes and buildings. I think Chicago homes are appreciated by Chicagoans–but not celebrated nearly enough for what they are: livable spaces, uniquely American styles, and patchworks of themes.

We’re also fortunate to have been written up by Luxe Magazine in their Winter (Jan 2015) Chicago edition in a feature called “Insider.” I’ll link to that as soon as I have it available. Just glad to spread the joy of the work. People love their homes; I love drawing their homes; everyone wins?

In other, sadder news: Small Bar was one of the fourteen reputable beer bars that I had featured on the Chicago Beer Map. I loved their bar(s) on Fullerton and Division–though I hadn’t had the chance to visit their original Logan Square location. The location of theirs I included on the map was their Division location, which had a lot of character to it, breezy outdoor seating with a view of an active thoroughfare, and a great greystone facade.

I also liked Small Bar for taking an active appreciation of their presence on the map and featuring the framed Chicago Beer Map in their entrance. I got a lot of positive notes from friends who had stopped by Small Bar and noticed the map hanging up.

Things change and the map has stayed the same. Bars will come and go. I don’t have any plans to revisit and revise the beer map. One day the Chicago Beer Map will be a testament to a legacy of beer bars. What I can proudly say is that these beer bars represented some of PIONEERS of craft beer in Chicago, and that will never change.




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