Send Home a Piece of the Windy City with Build Your Own Postcards

December 12, 2012 by

Heading to the Windy City and looking for a unique keepsake to send to your friends and family back home? Bypass the tacky tourist shops and send them a piece of the city with Build Your Own Chicago Postcards.

Each postcard features one side printed with pieces of a Chicago landmark and the other side is left blank for scribbling all your “wish you were here’s.” Once the postcard reaches its destination, the recipient can transform it into a 3-D model, giving them a slice of the city.

The postcards are published by Wurlington Press, and are designed and drawn by Matt Bergstrom. Each postcard includes all the necessary pieces and instructions to make one model, the size of which depends on the scale of design necessary to fit on a 4-5/8″ x 6-3/4″ postcard.

Designs range from the John Hancock Center (4.5″ tall when complete) to Frank Gehry’s instantly-recognizable Pritzker Pavillion (2.5″ wide when assembled). Other iconic Chicago landmarks, such as the Sears Tower, Water Tower and Wrigley Field, are also available.

Each postcard costs $1.50 each, or you can purchase the complete set of all 27 landmarks for $37.50.

BYOC postcards can be purchased at several Chicago stores, including The Boring Store (1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (224 S. Michigan Ave.), as well as online.

Interested in other cities? Postcard scale models are also available for New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco. For more information, check out

photo credit: Build Your Own Chicago Postcards

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  1. Julie C. says:

    What a nice alternative to the old standard postcards. Fun to send to kids and even yourself for souvenirs of your trip!

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