Do you like architecture, beer bars, your childhood home or Lake Michigan?  If so, you’ll be interested in this blog’s inaugural giveaway! If not… I’m so sorry.

 Cape Horn Two FlatThe Chicago Two-Flats by Cape Horn Illustration

As I mentioned yesterday, our Apartment Therapy tour offered a glimpse of some new artwork we have hanging in our hallway:

Taxonomy of Local HomesPhoto by Carolyn Purnell

I discovered Cape Horn Illustration several months ago when Jarrod forwarded me a link to this illustration in Center Square Journal.  Jarrod’s batting average on daily email forwards is 0.04 (that’s bad, right? I don’t know anything about baseball) but he scored a touchdown hit a home run with this one.  I love that it’s not just Chicago architecture, but architecture specific to our particular neighborhood: Lincoln Square / Ravenwood, where Phil Thompson and Katie Lauffenburger (the married team behind Cape Horn Illustration) are also based.

Taxonomy of Local Homes

Much of their work celebrates Chicago heritage and culture, from residential architecture, to beer bars, to the city’s industrial history.  I reached out to Phil prior to the publication of the tour to give him a head’s up that I would be linking to their website in the resources section of my Apartment Therapy tour.  We exchanged an excited series of emails, resulting in my first-ever giveaway.

Neither Cape Horn Illustration nor Marti “Project” Palermo were paid or perked for this partnership – I simply wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to promote such talented local artists and to thank readers of this blog. Phil and Katie are generously donating the unframed print and I will cover the cost of shipping.

To enter the giveaway: click on over to Cape Horn Illustration’s website to check out their work. Then, return to this post and leave a comment with the title of the print you’d like to win. Jarrod’s favorite is the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.  My friends Emily & Pete love the Chicago Beer Map, as they hit all of these places on an average Tuesday.

Chicago Beer Bars

You can choose:

  • Lakefront Currents
  • Ravenswood Industrial Corridor
  • Siblings: The Chicago Two-Flats
  • Chicago Beer Map
  • Taxonomy of Local Homes

On Friday, September 6th I’ll randomly select a commenter to win the print of his/her choosing.  Let me know if you have any questions!

P.S. In high school I hired a talented friend to do a portrait of our home as a gift for my mother.  She loved it and it’s been displayed on her bookcase ever since.  Now you too can be as thoughtful a gift-giver as I once was: Cape Horn Illustration offers portraits of current homes, childhood homes and storefront facades. Each work results in an original, signed pen & ink portrait. Pricing depends on size and complexity, but standard home portraiture starts at $130 (which seems really reasonable to me for custom, original artwork).  As a favor to Project Palermo readers, they are happy to offer 10% off a commissioned portrait. Just mention this blog when you contact Phil and Katie. Thanks!