Recently, I was contact by Phil from Cape Horn Illustration, a local husband-wife illustration team doing neat Chicago illutrations.

My wife and I are behind Cape Horn Illustration, a small illustration outfit in Ravenswood. We kind of do work that speaks to our interests, and the first one was the Chicago Beer Map, an illustrated map of Chicago’s best beer bars. We do a lot with Chicago’s architecture and have started doing home and building portraits around town.

Since we absolutely love Chicago’s neighborhood, its architecture, lake, running really opened up the opportunity to explore all of it. It’s almost like doing research for our prints, because I run through neighborhoods and by buildings with really distinct architecture. I have run since cross country in high school, and my first long-distance race was the Chicago Half Marathon in 2011, and now I’m taking the plunge with the full marathon this October. I wanted to show the whole course as almost an abstract shape that has its own character while including illustrated vignettes that give a runner’s view of the course.

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You can buy a 12×18″ print (all of them are signed) for $24 – or framed for $90 – a portion of sales will benefit Team Fox, which Phil is running for at the Chicago Marathon.

Or you can win one! Phil has agreed to give one print to a lucky reader! If you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment letting me know what the Chicago Marathon means to you, OR your favorite part of the Chicago Marathon course. (You do not have to have run the Chicago Marathon to enter.) Earn bonus entries for the following (include this in your comment).

I’ll pick one winner from the entries recieved by September 29.