Inspired by a love of architecture and history, we create home (and building) portraits. We've done hundreds of portraits, many in the Chicago area, and love illustrating the bricks and ornaments of every home for the people who love them. Let us help you capture your home or building the way you want to remember it. We're proud to be rated five stars out of five by our customers on Houzz.
Phil Thompson in Chicago, IL on Houzz

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I couldn't be happier with my experience with Cape Horn Illustration. Fantastic work. Highly recommended.
Suzanne F., Lincoln Park, Chicago
Italianate Lincoln Park home drawing
Working with the artist, Phil was able to capture the likeness of my client’s home and offer them an amazing memory at closing. He was accurate, timely and a pleasure to work with.
Maria C., @properties | Licensed Real Estate Advisor

I gave it to my girlfriend and she nearly broke down crying she was so happy. It could not have been better. Phil worked to incorporate every detail I asked for and provided us with a beautiful finished product.
Zachary G., Ukrainian Village, Chicago
suburban home drawing pen and ink
My husband and I are both delighted with the finished drawing; so much so that we are considering having Phil do drawings of our past family homes. I recommend Phil and his work without reservation.
Roxann R., Edgewater, Chicago


Frequently Asked Questions

What do you need to get started?
Some clear photos of the full facade plus details that you find especially important for us to capture. Good to have any special requests as well. Here is a large gallery of home portraits >>

What does a portrait cost?
Cost mainly depends on size, with the most popular sizes being 8 x 10" to 14 x 17." Contact us for more details >>

How soon would I get my portrait?
The current waiting list puts the turnaround at 4-6 weeks--if you have a very urgent project we might be able to accommodate it. For a holiday order, however, please send in a request well in advance.

Can you do a portrait of a home that's way out of town, no longer standing, etc?
Yes, if you have enough clear photos from a few angles. We do like to visit the home whenever feasible.

Can I have digital files made?
Absolutely. High-resolution (600dpi) print files can be provided to you in addition to the signed original.