You can pick up your order in-store or have it shipped!

FAQ's and Policies

Frequently Asked Questons

Hey, what's the deal - do you sell t-shirts or sandwiches?

We make t-shirts. But just like creating a sandwich at a deli, we tailor everything about your shirt to appeal to your taste. Choose a shirt style and size, pick the font that suits you best, and hold the lettuce. After we cook it up, your shirt will be wrapped in butcher paper and served with Chicago's very own Jays™️ potato chips. And yes, it's Trademarked™️.

What's up with "Vectorizing" and how do I do it?

This is the best way to get your artwork to appear just as you want it. Check out this link on how to do it!

When will my stuff be ready?

If you created your t-shirt using our design elements (clipart and fonts) it usually takes between 24 & 48 hours for your order to be ready. If you uploaded your own image it could take a bit longer- up to 72 hours. If one of your garments isn't in stock, we'll send you an email to let you know and of the wait time and alternative options. If you need something right away, please chat with us online or send us an email at detailing your timeline. We'll let you know what's possible.

How will I know when my order is ready for pickup?

When your order comes out of the oven our final step is to walk over to our computers and send you an email that will detail the steps of how and when to pickup your order.

Your stuff is cool but can I bring my own item for you to print on?

Yeah sure... but, The T-Shirt Deli has an "enter at your own risk" policy. This means we can't replace your item in the event that anything goes wrong (like errors in printing (such as spelling), placement, shifting, burning or melting) even when it's our fault. If you've taken the time to consider how you'd feel if your stuff got damaged and you still want to take the risk, then YES, we will print on your item.

I'm wondering if it is possible to come into a store location and make a custom t-shirt and take it right away.

It sure is! We're set up like a real deli where you can come in, place your order and wait for it to be made for you. Like any deli worth its weight in pastrami (ugh) sometimes there's a line. Sometimes you'll be able to run an errand or get a drink or two while we make your shirts. That's why if you're in a big hurry, it's best to leave more time or order ahead.

I fear the internet and want to come in and see you guys - where is your location?

We have a location in BUCKTOWN!

I chose Local Pickup, when can I come get my stuff?

When we complete your order our final step is to send you an email that tells you- "hey, guess what? Time to come pickup your order". Usually it takes 24-48 hours. If you’re having a t-shirt emergency please call or email us to make sure we’ve got your goods on hand. Still, the “so fast you’ll freak™”- “freaky fastest” way to get a t-shirt is to order online.

How soon will my order ship and what carrier?

We ship via UPS. Unless otherwise notified. If we have everything in stock, your order will ship within 24-48 hours. As soon as your order ships you'll get a tracking number. If we're missing something important and it could lead to a delay, we will personally call you up, give you some options and talk about it. Really talk about it, you know?

What's the deal with Sales Tax?

Illinois residents will be charged 10.25% sales tax. If you live in Illinois and don't wanna pay sales tax you can have your order shipped to a different state. But you'll have to figure out how to retrieve it. Which might end up costing more than the 10.25% sales tax... something to consider.

What's your policy on Returns & Exchanges by the way?

T-Shirts, like sandwiches, are custom-made – therefore, there are no returns or exchanges permitted. If WE make a mistake, please let us know (within 7 days of receiving your shirt) and we will gladly, humbly, and quickly make you a new one, of course.

Can we have a private party?

You mean at one of our store locations? Yes, of course. We'd love to host your party. Let's talk about it.

When is the The T-Shirt Deli Co. coming to my town?

Do you live in Chicago? Then here we are! For those of you outside the Chicago area, feel free to order online and have fresh shirts shipped straight to your door. Please stay tuned and we will keep everyone informed of our expansion.

What about catering? Do you guys do that?

Yes! We certainly can cater t-shirts at your special event. Tell us all about it.

I just love The T-Shirt Deli Co. Can I franchise one in my hood?

The T-Shirt Deli, Co. is a privately owned and operated company, using proprietary patent pending methods – there are no opportunities for franchise at this point. However if you wish to submit a proposal – we cannot reply to all of them – but if it intrigues us- we will contact you.

My dog loves t-shirts too. Can we bring her in?

God yes. We love dogs, sometimes more than we love people. And since we don’t serve real food (shhh!), we can welcome dogs at our Chicago locations.

I'm sure there are way more FAQs than you're showing here.

Oh yeah. For sure. We’ll keep adding them as they come up.

Online Policies

Our Privacy Statement

We neither sell nor share your information with outside companies or third parties. When you purchase from our online store, we collect your name, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, e-mail address, and credit card information. You provide this information so we can process and ship your order. We respect your privacy by not selling or sharing this information. We’d love it if you joined our mailing list. Don’t worry, we hate emails too. We promise to only send you stuff that will save you money or save your life in an emergency. And you can remove your name from our list anytime. No hard feelings. We can still be friends.

Online Security

Your credit card information is completely safe. We promise we won’t use it for anything other than your purchase. Unless we get an email from a Nigerian prince stuck at Heathrow Airport who needs some quick cash to get out of a bind. Just kidding. Protecting your information is our highest priority. We have several safeguards to keep your information completely confidential. The checkout process itself employs Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)* technology to insure your safety. *Secure Sockets Layer encrypts your order information and sends it to a secure server.

What We Won't Print

• We will not violate the intellectual property rights of others (see intellectual property policy).
• Nothing that encourages violence or hate against individuals or groups.
• Nothing that includes hate speech or symbols.
• Nothing that degrades others based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, national origin, or sexual identity.

The T-Shirt Deli has the sole discretion to reject any order that it considers unfit for print.

Intellectual Property Agreement

The T-Shirt Deli supports intellectual property rights by using authorized images and content, including those owned or legally authorized to be used by the customer.


We can not be responsible for our shippers. We can only control when your shirts will be ready and picked up by the shipper. After that, it's in the hands of those in brown (UPS). If you have a super time sensitive delivery need, please consider a quicker delivery time. You can always call us if you have any concerns.