Tweedle Press

Tweedle Press is a family owned and operated letterpress print shop focused on its personal approach and use of sustainable materials to create stylish, unique paper goods. We are dedicated to blending revolutionary styles and traditional methods in producing truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Our vintage printing equipment—Edward, Leonard, Isabel, and Frank—crowd our Rogers Park shop with mechanical personality, which serves both to set us apart and to fuel our own creativity. 

The Tweedle Story started with a rock band. Owners Nina and Ian played guitar together in New York, quickly discovering that they are one of those rare couples that really enjoys working together. Their experience managing promotion and corralling band mates cemented their skills for running a business without making anyone’s brains explode. Although Nina graduated with a degree in music, playing in a band gave her the opportunity to learn the design skills necessary to create show posters, album covers, and websites. This fiercely influenced both her unique style and her dedication to artistic integrity.

After the whole rockstar dream failed to pan out, Nina spent many years working in graphic and web design and Ian pursued a career as a business analyst. When they finally tied the knot in Chicago, Nina discovered the mindblowing beauty of letterpress printing through helping to design and create their own wedding invitations. She thought: I must do this. Thus, in 2008, Tweedle Press was born: the namesake of Nina and her best friend, taken straight out of Alice in Wonderland. In the fall of 2011, as Nina’s belly expanded with the much anticipated arrival of the newest member of the Tweedle family, Ellebe jumped on board as the requisite jack-of-all-trades and quickly advanced to lead printer. Ian left his job in 2012 to round out the rockstar shop lineup in the name of satisfying latent creativity (he graduated with a degree in film, after all!), spending more time with his family, and working towards a meaningful and sustainable future.

If you’re creative, rebellious, fashionable, and a little bit punk rock, Tweedle’s designs and vintage equipment create rich textures ideal for your invitations, announcements, stationery, business cards, and anything you need to express your personal style. Our commitment to environmental concerns goes far beyond using recycled paper and vegetable based ink. We have strict standards for the shop, as well as everything that comes into or leaves it. Tweedle creations are not only beautifully embellished, but also ecologically conscious. We may be based in Chicago, but we design, ship, and think globally.