Detailed & Exquisite Chicago Wall Art and Marathon Maps

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Detailed & Exquisite Chicago Wall Art and Marathon Maps

269 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Phil Thompson

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Phil Thompson


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Great look for the Frank Lloyd Wright print. Seen in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Wood clips by We Are Well Made.


Behind Cape Horn Illustration

I want to capture the city's built environment. I am obsessed with the way that a city changes and the way that history courses through it. The starting point for my work is the home, a deeply personal expression of architecture. Zooming back, I focus on the distinctive patterns in the streets and neighborhoods. Zooming back further, I love capturing the way that the neighborhoods make up cities. At the broadest level, I want to capture civic forms across the landscape, the way that roads wrap around hills, railways cross, and homes line up along waterfronts. Cities are made by history, shaped through modern use, and they continue shape our lives.

I work toward this objective through illustration: mainly by drawing homes and buildings that strike me, and applying new approaches and new perspectives to mapmaking. Pen and ink is usually my starting point, giving me a base to work with that can allow for a stark, black and white vintage look. The engraved and hatched look has a iconic quality to it and it gives my work its foundation. This look also pays homage to mapmaking as an old art wrapped up in discovery and the creation of place. My final pieces are original drawings, archival ink on heavy, acid-free paper.

I believe that cities are re-affirming to the individual and I want to make work that is re-affirming. I want to help people better see the world around them. I don't believe city life is necessarily alienating. I see a city skyline at night as being about possibility, wonder and human achievement; it's a wellspring of inspiration for anyone pausing to take it in. A mountain skyline view makes you want to explore and find yourself, which is wonderful in its own right. But a city view makes you want to invent yourself a thousand times over, strive to contribute something to the world, and soak in everything offered by others doing the same.

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    I'm Phil Thompson. I'm deeply interested in running, architecture, history, international relations, and the city where I live, Chicago. I'm an illustrator who makes work based around those interests, for people who share them.

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Last updated on February 15, 2018
Thanks for visiting Cape Horn Illustration. I'm a Chicago-based illustrator with a focus on maps, architecture, & history. I create print products for people interested in the same. I also make home and building portraits in pen and ink.

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Though rare, items can get damaged in shipping or handling. Please contact me with a photo of the damage to the item and I will ensure that you receive a replacement.
- All prints are first rolled and placed in a protective plastic sleeve

- Rolled and sleeved prints are then placed in a thick cardboard tube which is securely sealed with plastic plugs on either end

- The ends of the plastic sleeve cushion the print within the tube, protecting the edges from jostling during shipment

Processing and Delivery

- Prints are typically shipped out within 1-2 business days.

- Customers who have ordered a shipped print will receive a notification indicating that the shipment is scheduled and listing a tracking number

- Unless otherwise notified or arranged, all shipments are via USPS Priority service from the US Postal Service.

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Occasionally (and unfortunately) the USPS tracking does not update until just before the package arrives. When tracking just says "Pre-shipment information sent to USPS" that means I've shipped and USPS has NOT updated the tracking information.

In rare cases, the USPS misplaces a package. If you have checked the tracking information and believe this is the case, contact me and I will work out a plan to ensure you receive what you ordered.
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