Located at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave in Chicago’s Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood, 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 three gift shops, including their flagship store in Wicker Park.
Q+A with Transit Tees Owner, Tim Gillengerten
Q: What are you excited about relative to the neighborhood’s future and WPB Master Plan?
“I’m really excited to see people moving all the way down Milwaukee Avenue to Division Street, it’s all filling in. The businesses support each other – like a rising tide, it brings up all ships.”
Q: Say a few words about Wicker Park Bucktown…
“I love this area — you can see almost every type of person, occupation, ethnicity, age – it all right here. I’ve been in this location for three years and we have an extended lease so I’m really excited to ride this wave. The neighborhood is bustling, its full of people — in the last three years we have doubled our revenue.”