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About Us

Locally Produced, Chicago-Inspired Products

What is Transit Tees?

Transit Tees takes visuals from Chicago's metropolitan landscapes and transforms them into fashionable artwork. The brand was founded in 2001 by Tim Gillengerten, a creative director who aspired to build an apparel line that reinterprets subway maps, street signs, city seals and flags in ways that the public had never seen before. Today, Transit Tees is an official manufacturer for the Chicago Transit Authority and locally designs, fabricates and retails their signature brand online and at their two storefronts in Wicker Park and Andersonville.

After years of hard work, vending at summer street festivals, and testing pop-up stores, Transit Tees was able to take an essential leap and open it's first retail store in Wicker Park. Their store located at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., is in the heart of the neighborhood and has seen an exciting evolution; new bars, restaurants and clothing shops calling it their home. This southern section of Milwaukee Ave. is experiencing a new vibrancy and an exciting buzz of activity. The Transit Tees store is stocked with t-shirts, hoodies, wall art, and gifts of all kinds designed to appeal to every Chicagoan and traveler alike. Most of the items in the store are created in their design studio and produced on-site by local artists and craftsmen.

Custom T-Shirt Printing

tim-cropped.jpgTransit Tees pulls from its years of screen printing and industry experience to offer high quality custom apparel to local businesses, schools, and Chambers of Commerce. An extremely creative design team and detail oriented production artists have allowed for some amazing opportunities. Transit Tees has created original apparel designs for Morton Salt, Nori Sushi, Antique Taco, F&H Decals, Retro on Roscoe, SOFA Chicago, West Town Chamber of Commerce and many more.

If you are in need of t-shirts, hoodies or other apparel for your business, event, or brand please visit our Custom Design page and fill out our quote request form.

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Miller Photography.


Visit Our Retail Stores

1371 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
P: 773.227.1810
E: contact@transittees.com

5226 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
P: 773.942.6823
E: contact@transittees.com

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