SCREEN PRINTING

Nestled in the heart of the city, LuckyPrints has become synonymous with high-quality screen printing in Chicago. Since 2012, this local gem has grown into a trusted name for businesses and individuals alike seeking exceptional screen-printed apparel, serving artists and art enthusiasts nationwide. LuckyPrints isn’t just a service; it’s a community staple that prides itself on bringing your visions to life. Whether it’s a batch of custom tees for a local event or personalized gifts for friends and family, your creativity is evident in every thread. As your custom designer, LuckyPrints has an entire portfolio dedicated to custom printing services, making it clear why we stand out in the screen printing scene.
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The Art of Precision and the Screen Print Process

At LuckyPrints, the screen print process is where technology meets expertise. We adhere to a strict 12-order minimum for each design, to ensure each order receives the dedication it deserves. Here’s how we make every print is a masterpiece:

  • Initial Dialogue: We begin by understanding your vision in-depth, including discussing your goals of what the apparel is for. Whether it’s a give-away or a retail garment, we’ll make sure you get the perfect item, in your budget.
  • Artwork Production: We utilize your artwork, or create something unique according to your specs to determine the best print method to create high-quality production artwork files for a perfect print.
  • Screen Preparation: Utilizing our Computer to Screen (CTS) we digitally prepare each screen for precise registration and unparalleled quality.
  • Ink Mastery: We use only the finest inks for vibrant prints that will last a lifetime.
  • Artisanal Printing: Each layer of ink is applied with expert precision.
  • Rigorous Inspection: Our quality assurance means no detail is overlooked.
  • Final Touches: We pack and prepare your items for a safe journey to your doorstep.
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1. STENCIL & SET UP PRODUCT
The technology is based on making a stencil on a mesh screen.
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2. INK
The technology is based on making a stencil on a mesh screen.
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3. SQUEEGEE THROUGH SCREEN
Once you’ve set it up on a product, such as a piece of clothing, you can apply the ink to it.
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4. DRY
Finally, the garment is run through a dryer where the ink is cured onto the shirt and becomes permanent.

At LuckyPrints, the unique value proposition is clear. We provide customized screen printing done precisely how you want it. We are more than putting ink on apparel. We are here to understand your goals, find the right garment and create a piece of art that stands the test of time. We recognize that each print carries your reputation, so we ensure that every detail is perfect. Each need is unique, and no two order requests are alike- the same way art speaks individually to each person.

Various advanced techniques and high-quality inks guarantee a product that looks exceptional and feels fantastic. Check out our Custom Apparel Services to experience what LuckyPrints has to offer. If you’re feeling inspired, try our Design Now feature to quickly create your unique design.

Plastisol

The most common and versatile screen printing ink. Plastisol is extremely durable for a long last through many cycles in most wash / dry conditions. Most likely that favorite tee you’ve still got from that awesome concert you saw in high school was printed with plastisol.

Standard plastisol prints are extremely versatile but create an ink film that can be felt with the hand. The higher the opacity of the ink, the greater the hand. This heavy hand is can be considered a disadvantage at the consumer level.

In this method we use Water Based or Discharge as an underbase (which means white primer under your design) and then overprint with plastisol. Since white is the bulkiest ink, this method creates a much softer print after a couple of washes, but still has the vibrancy and pms matching of plastisol.

We’ll always recommend the best ink for your job, unless you specify otherwise. If you want Water Based or Discharge ink, please tell us BEFORE you place your shirt order to guarantee that your ink choice can be printed on the fiber content of the shirts effectively.

Simulated Process uses halftones of a few ink colors to represent the colors in the original design. This process differs from 4-color process in that the inks are solid opaque colors usually printed on dark colored shirts. Because the shirt colors are normally dark, simulated process generally requires the use of an underbase.

Speciality Inks

Using Ink Additives, we’re able to transform regular plastisol inks into something truly unique. Add texture, dimension, shine, and more to a print to create a thoughtfully enhanced image.

Contact us if you’ve got a weird idea or a strange substrate. We’ll diagnose the project and help you figure out how to get it in to production for your next custom screen printing project. This applies to most non-garment items and garments made from unconventional fibers.

PLASTIPUFF is a plastisol puff ink formulated to cure and expand rapidly. PLASTIPUFF also produces an exceptionally strong, long-lasting ink film with a high uniform finish and excellent abrasion resistance. The inks should be used on T-shirts, sweatshirts and other woven cotton and cotton/polyester garments.

GLOW INK will only be effective in complete darkness, when it will radiate a bright lite-green color. Heavier ink deposits will result in increased phosphorescence (brightness) and a longer “after-life.” It must be printed on white fabric or, for best results, over white plastisol. In daylight or artificial light conditions, this ink will have a pale off-white hue. Colors can be obtained by adding small amounts (up to 10%) of Fluorescent Inks.

BURNOUT INK eliminates any cotton it touches. Since it only eliminates cotton, burnout ink needs to be printed on poly/cotton blends so that there is fabric left once the cotton has been removed. When initially printed, the ink appears to be just a clear ink printed on a shirt. However, once the shirt is washed, the cotton washes away leaving only the poly or synthetic fibers behind.

FOIL PRINTING applies Metallic Foils to a design is a great way to set your print apart from the herd. Using a special adhesive in place of regular ink, we’re able to add leaf foils to accent your print or make a bold full scale print really stand out. This plays especially well with water-based and discharge inks.

Discharge & Water Based

A soft-feel ink option with great results on detailed artwork. This is the ideal option if you don’t want to feel ink on your extra soft t-shirt. This printing method is best suited for light colored garments. For similar results on dark garments check out Discharge and Tinted Discharge printing.

Discharge inks take the dye right out of a garment to expose the natural fiber color and create a soft print with little to no texture. It’s the soft hand solution for dark or richly colored shirts. Results can vary depending on the original garment dye. 100% cotton only. Check out Tinted Discharge printing to see it’s colorful cousin.

Same first step as Discharge Printing but this technique replaces the original dye with a new pigment to get bright prints on dark garments without creating an ink texture. This is a great way to get colorful images with water based softness on dark or richly colored garments that are still really bright. Results can vary depending on the original garment dye. 100% cotton only.

A soft-feel ink option with great results on detailed artwork. This is the ideal option if you don’t want to feel ink on your extra soft t-shirt. This printing method is best suited for light colored garments. For similar results on dark garments check out Discharge and Tinted Discharge printing.

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve: Screen Print Your Artistic Identity

LuckyPrints has gone beyond being a local service. We’ve become a timeless, cultural phenomenon nearly everywhere. Each print is a canvas, showcasing individuality and character. People love showing off their thoughts, passions and humor on their clothing, making screen printing an evergreen trend. It’s not just about the end product but the journey of your creations.

How LuckyPrints Redefined Screen Printing

At LuckyPrints, we didn’t make a name for ourselves overnight. Our talented team paved the way. We turn every custom project into a masterpiece. Our commitment to art and to our clients have made our print service popular in Chicago, and a benchmark in screen printing everywhere.

Brands We Carry

The Trendsetters at LuckyPrints: Our Most Loved Apparel

At LuckyPrints, our screen-printed shirts stand out as the top favorites among our customers across the country. Our brand collection provides a whole spectrum of styles and fabrics. Browse our Apparel Category to discover garments that look and feel exceptional and serve as the perfect backdrop for your unique designs. With our finger on the pulse of the latest trends, we meet your screen printing needs with nothing but the best.

Our Brands Come in a Spectrum of Styles

At LuckyPrints, our custom screen printing services accompany an impressive selection of brands. We understand that quality and comfort come first, so we offer a collection of brands catering to every aesthetic. Our lineup of name brands includes everything from luxury labels like Nike, Adidas, Carhartt and several other boutique brands, ensuring that your screen printing needs are met with a casual and stylish canvas. Popular brands like Comfort Colors, American Apparel and Bella Canvas speak to the quality of our materials. Your design will come to life exactly like you envisioned, printed on your favorite brands.

What Our Clients Say

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Stacy BridgesStacy Bridges
01:15 22 Jun 24
Highly recommend!friendly staff, great service fast turnaround and quality products (tshirts)
Amal SalehAmal Saleh
00:09 17 May 24
Daa'iyah FordDaa'iyah Ford
18:21 14 May 24
I recently worked with LuckyPrints and would definitely recommend. I ordered 375 shirts which were packaged nicely and received on time! They are extremely responsive and take the necessary steps to ensure your order meets your expectations.
Lamar SandersLamar Sanders
23:41 25 Apr 24
Sondra WSondra W
21:03 23 Oct 23
Lucky Prints did an amazing job on my Mother's memorial T-shirts! Shout out to Mac for assisting me. She was very professional & answered all my questions! Am very happy you made an emotional time go so smooth! Thanks again, God bless you !
Laura RounceLaura Rounce
21:13 16 Oct 23
Responsive & creative staff delivered my personalized logo mugs on time and on budget. The finished product is outstanding and it was so popular I had to double my order. I wanted to meet the staff and owner so I picked up my order at their workshop\warehouse in the west loop and got a quick tour of their shop. I was so pleased to see their cool operations. However, they will ship or deliver as well, whatever works for the customer. Staff were nice and appeared genuinely concerned that I loved my order. 100% recommend!
I highly recommend Lucky Prints. They have completed multiple bulk orders for my company and the finished product has always come in exactly as I ordered, and very high quality. Not to mention, the staff was extremely helpful when it came to the design and placement. Definitely call Lucky Prints if you are looking for a pro printing company!
Erica HarringtonErica Harrington
20:45 14 Sep 23
Great experience working with Luckyprints! Our small daycare business made sweatshirts and ts for our teachers and they turned out beautifully. Mac and the team made the whole process so easy, and the turnaround time was very quick. Would highly recommend!
Dan Abu-AbsiDan Abu-Absi
13:13 15 Aug 23
Curt and team do great work at competitive prices. I'll definitely continue using them for all my printing
Kianna GossKianna Goss
15:36 07 Aug 23
I recently had the opportunity to work with Luckyprints for jackets for our organization and we were very impressed with the customer service and the quality of the jackets. Also, Curt has excellent service, he was patient and kind when we were trying to place the order.
Angelique SmithAngelique Smith
20:40 02 Aug 23
I recently had the pleasure of working with Luckyprints for a project for my residential and commercial cleaning service, The Clean Junkie, and I cannot praise them enough for their outstanding customer service and exceptional product quality. From the very beginning, their team was attentive, patient, and genuinely enthusiastic about bringing my vision to life.The experience with Luckyprints was nothing short of remarkable. They went above and beyond to ensure every detail was met, making the entire process smooth and enjoyable. Their communication was prompt and courteous, addressing all my queries and providing valuable suggestions to enhance the final product.When I finally received The Clean Junkie prints, I was beyond elated. Their printing company perfectly captured my vision, and I couldn't help but burst out in tears of joy. The attention to detail and the quality of the prints were unparalleled, exceeding all my expectations.I highly recommend Luckyprints to anyone seeking top-notch printing services. Their dedication to customer satisfaction and the ability to turn your vision into reality is truly commendable. Thank you, Curt + Luckyprints team, for making The Clean Junkie project a memorable and emotional success!
Kimberly CahillKimberly Cahill
17:11 10 May 23
I was referred to Luckyprints by the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. Curt was communicative and accommodating throughout the entire process. In addition to the print job being very well done, they did some rework on our logo, which turned out AWESOME! Return customer, for sure!
Valeska AnleuValeska Anleu
23:46 03 Apr 23
Luckyprints is quality in their work and quality in their customer service. Logan and Curt are great, always answer emails quickly and make you feel at ease from design to print process.
Nicole GradyNicole Grady
14:29 29 Mar 23
LuckyPrints made amazing drink koozies on quick turnaround for my friend’s 40th birthday party. They were easy to work with and the results were perfect.
Evan BurnhamEvan Burnham
21:17 14 Mar 23
I can't say enough good things about Luckyprints! I'm starting my own clothing brand as a part of the initial process I reached out to many of the garment printers in the Chicago area. It was clear from the start that Luckyprints has amazing customer service and competitive rates - they helped me find the right garment I needed and walked me through the whole process. The final hoodies I picked up were even better than I envisioned - they're high quality and done right - shoutout to Logan for all the help as well. I plan on using Luckyprints for all my projects moving forward!
Marie CheslikMarie Cheslik
17:34 26 May 22
I am a business owner that was looking to get some custom shirts done. After many hours of calling other businesses and supply chain frustrations, I called Logan at Luckyprints and found some serenity! I laid everything out on the table and she was communicative, professional, and honest. We found that a solution that worked best and I'm jazzed about the results. They even got my order ready a few days before the estimated date, which is always appreciated. Thank you Logan and Luckyprints!!
Rose FrommeltRose Frommelt
23:05 23 May 22
I got some embroidered beanies for a bachelorette party and they were incredible to work with! Extremely responsive and on time even though my order was probably a lot smaller than their usual. Very friendly, professional and helpful communication. Pickup was easy and quick. The beanies themselves were high quality and the embroidery looked amazing. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
John LyonsJohn Lyons
19:45 06 Jan 22
I would give six stars if I could! Communication, turnaround, cost, and going above and beyond are just some of the things I can say Luckprints does well. As a small business owner I can attest to how difficult things can be right now with staffing, supply, etc. and they still delivered exemplary service. Thank you again Luckyprints for being great!
Allison BruceAllison Bruce
17:19 04 Nov 21
Luckyprints is a great company to work with. I appreciate the range and quality of tee shirts to choose from. The applications turned out great for both shirts I designed and ordered from Luckyprints!
Taneka JenningsTaneka Jennings
23:50 15 Feb 19
Luckyprints has a fast turnaround, excellent customer service, and a great product! We ordered bulk screen printed t-shirts, which were ready on-time and beautiful. Would strongly suggest going in-person to review fabric and design layout and pick out paint colors as these vary from digital image to fabric - we did that and it made all the difference. A great company!
Helen KwanHelen Kwan
16:17 09 Nov 17
I really love Ozzy and the rest of the team. They have been such a pleasure to work with. I just started a clothing line and recently moved to Chicago- so finding them right when I moved here was meant to be. The quality of the prints have been great and everyone loves the black gloss on black tanks! We also ended up ordering some sweatshirts that we later decided to not go forward with and they credited the money back to us for a future Luckyprints order- that is what I call caring about your customers- they truly do! I am looking forward to our continual partnership 🙂
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Screen Printing Simplified: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

We’ve gathered and answered the most common inquiries to help you understand the ins and outs of our screen printing services at LuckyPrints. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, these answers will provide clarity and confidence as you embark on your custom apparel screen printing project.

Our team can guide you in selecting the best fabric based on your design, budget and intended use. We carry a range of options suitable for various screen print t-shirt styles and preferences.

LuckyPrints specializes in bulk orders. Most orders require a minimum of 24 units, though in some cases, the minimum can be as low as 12.

Our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction sets us apart. We don’t just put ink on a screen.  We work with you through the entire process, including selecting the perfect garment, so the end result is someone’s favorite shirt! We offer a variety of inks and techniques, ensuring each screen printing project is tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of our clients.

Contact us with your project details, including design, quantity and garment type. Don’t know all the details yet? No problem! We’ll work with you to get the exact details and build you a quote with no surprises.

Yes, our experienced team of designers is here to assist you in creating or refining your design, and are here to help. We can provide advice and suggestions to ensure your screen-printed designs turn out exactly how you want them.

Make Your Mark with Custom Screen Print T-Shirts

Ready to transform your ideas into vibrant screen print t-shirts? At LuckyPrints, we make the process seamless and enjoyable. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way, from the initial design to the final product. Don’t wait to make your mark with custom apparel. Contact us today so we can start crafting something extraordinary together. Let LuckyPrints help you create your artistic statement for the world.

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