To Top

Meet Eliza Rosen of Eliza Rosen Illustration in Roscoe Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eliza Rosen.

Eliza, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My infatuation for animals began when I was quite young. I was allergic and could not have a fuzzy friend of my own, so I made do by dressing up the neighborhood cats in doll clothes. From there, illustrating pets dressed as their alter egos seemed like a logical progression.

*Fun fact: Al the newt, a poor substitute for a pet, was the inspiration for this later piece []

Following my dreams of becoming an artist, I earned my MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I continue to teach Visual Communications and Design. There, I learned how to visually tell a story, which is my favorite part of creating meaningful pet illustrations.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. As an artist, the business side was a steep learning curve for me. But, perhaps my biggest road block has been learning to reconcile what I thought I should be doing with what I felt called to do.

I always thought that “good art” had to be serious, but I was being pulled to create pieces that were kooky, offbeat, and fun. Once I began to “embrace what makes me weird,” things began to flow. What I do makes me so deliriously happy, I can’t help but jump in feet first.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Eliza Rosen Illustration story. Tell us more about the business.
I am an illustrator who loves to dress up pets as their alter egos. I get the biggest kick from helping people celebrate the special bond they have with their pets. There are a lot of pet artists out there who will get a good likeness of your fur baby. My portraits are quite different because I capture your pet’s personality, heart, and story as well as his good looks!

In this uncertain world, I feel that it is so important to take time to see beauty, joy, and love. I honor what matters most to my clients by creating quirky, personality-infused pet portraits. I have truly the Best. Job. Ever.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We are turning from a disposable culture to one that embraces the hand crafted and unique. I create for people who are craving an authentic touch point in the digital age–a way of feeling closer to what really matters to them.


  • Fully custom: packages priced between $250 and $675
  • Max & Match: choose your pet, then choose your outfit for $85
  • Off the Rack: ready to go prints of cats and dogs with relatable personalities for $30

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Personal photo credit: Ainsley Glotzbach

Getting in touch: VoyageChicago is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Portraits of the Loop

    Journalists like Medha Imam and Artists like Hallie G make Chicago such a delight. VoyageChicago is all about supporting creatives and risk...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 23, 2018
  • Picture Perfect Fridays

    A photo is worth a thousand words and a great photographer is priceless. Check out some of the brilliant shots captured...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 23, 2018
  • Fun Things to do in Chicago

    The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in Chicago over the next few weeks. Check them out below...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 23, 2018
  • Portraits: West of Chicago

    There are so many incredible things happening just West of Chicago. VoyageChicago is all about supporting creatives and risk takers –...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 22, 2018
  • Portraits of Arlington Heights

    Entrepreneurs, artists and creatives have made Arlington Heights such a vibrant community.  VoyageChicago is all about supporting creatives and risk takers –...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 22, 2018
  • Our Favorite #MadeInChicago Finds

    Our team comes across so many incredible local creations everyday – from one of kind furniture and unique dresses to art,...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 22, 2018
  • The Chicago Collection

    Chicago is a cultural powerhouse – from photography and watercolor to opera and ballet – culture finds a welcoming and supportive...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 21, 2018
  • Wellness Wednesdays

    Chicago is home to some of the best Yogis, Pilates pros, fitness trainers, nutritionists and more – people who devote their lives...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 21, 2018
  • Portraits of Evanston

    World-class universities, innovative entrepreneurs and an abundance of creative people make Evanston such a vibrant community. VoyageChicago is all about supporting...

    voyagechicago staffFebruary 21, 2018