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.