Chicago Businesses Making Non-Medical Face Masks During COVID-19

Do you have a mask yet?

Face masks are a way of life right now. They are by no means a way to prevent transmission of the coronavirus all together nor can they take the place of social distancing and handwashing practices, but they can assist in protecting you or others from potential exposure.

Medical masks are being prioritized for frontline healthcare workers, but many Chicago companies have begun producing non-medical masks for Chicagoans so they can stay safe when leaving home.

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Chicago-based company BANGTEL has launched Mr. Pink’s Shop and is producing non-medical masks for anyone in need. True to BANGTEL’s colorful personality, the masks—available in adult and kid sizes—are made using fun patterns like donuts and polka dots. They are handmade, washable, triple-layered masks with a filter pocket. Get yours here!

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Pride Masks

Chicago design and printing company Pride Flags has rebranded as Pride Masks. Originally, the company’s sole mission was donating its masks to first responders, but Pride Masks has begun opening up orders to the public. (The donations are also still happening, of course!) Get a Mayor LIghtfoot-inspired “#StayHome” non-medical mask or one of the other Chicago-themed pattern options and spread the message while staying safe.

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The Greene Room

Specializing in reworking vintage textiles, The Greene Room is revamping t-shirts into cotton facemasks. Each mask is $10, features a filter pocket and wire to fit across the bridge of the nose and can be picked up in Humboldt Park. For every mask purchased, The Greene Room will donate a mask to essential workers in the community. Purchase masks here

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Sophia Reyes

What began as favors for friends has now turned into a full-blown operation sewing face masks. Local designer Sophia Reyes has been supplying medical friends with surgical caps and face masks and now has opened up sales of face masks to the public. Not only are there many designs and even sizing to choose from, but for every five masks purchased, she will donate one surgical cap to a healthcare provider. Grab one here.

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Culture Studio

Typically, Culture Studio is a local e-commerce service for custom apparel sales, but right now it’s serving as a spot to shop for packs of five or ten masks for you and/or your kids. Twenty percent of the sales from Culture Studio’s masks—made from t-shirts—will be donated to small businesses affected by COVID-19.

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Mr. Rogers Does

Embracing the quarantine, the co-owner of the Chicago apparel brand Jugrnaut has learned to sew masks out of creative materials such as vintage Ralph Lauren pillowcases, dashikis, coffee sacks and denim. Available for purchase here. Masks are hand made to order and limited to the amount of fabric that is available.

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Sew Anastasia

Just because face masks aren't the most fun accessory, it doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Anastasia Chatzka has a multitude of colors and patterns available for sale here.

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Purchase a face mask that's both functional and fashionable from Latina-owned local company SWE. This museum is made from 100% cotton, features filter pockets and is washable. Purchase here. 

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Plankroad Home Outlet

This home decor outlet is putting its access to fabrics to use with the production of affordable facemasks. A portion of all sales goes towards supplying additional masks to select Chicago hospitals and first responders. Purchase yours here. 

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Custom made using high-quality materials, FaceMasks.Mom offers over 60 designs and 24-hour turnaround. Moreover, masks are only $15 and all proceeds go to charity. We're always down for a good cause! Get yours now.

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Ransack Leather

Spread the love, not the virus. Check out these heart masks made of recycled materials. Prices vary. DM Ransack Leather for inquiries.

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Dearborn Denim

Dearborn Denim has pivoted away from its namesake fabric to begin producing $10 cotton knit masks. You can even pay in installments if needed! See options here. 

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Auddities by Audrey

Chicago based fashion designer has turned her apartment into a one-woman, mask-making operation. Her years of experience cranking out the same product over and over in an assembly line has well prepared her for this unprecedented time. Over the past few weeks, she has donated hundreds of masks to frontline healthcare workers. DM on Instagram or message on Facebook for availability. 

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606 PPE

This printing company has begun transitioning into mask making and other PPE operations. You can even customize your non-medical mask by uploading your own artwork. Place your order here. 

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Best known for awesome t-shirt designs from local artists, Threadless recently launched a face mask line by the same design. Shop dozens of options on the online store. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will be donated to MedShare

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Evil Kitty

Chicago apparel and accessory line Evil Kitty, has jumped into action to release a line of facemasks available through its Etsy shop. Each mask is washable and has an opening to insert medical masks and/or filters. Purchase here. 

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Add some personality to your PPE. Order handmade masks with Star Wars, Chicago Cubs, and other colorful patterns from this Chicago seamstress. 

BBJ Linen

With the demand for beautiful event decor on hold, Chicago-headquartered BBJ Linen has sprung into action by filling a new demand. BBJ's kids and adults face masks are washable, made with medical-grade fluid-repellent fabric and have latex-free elastic ear loops. Order yours here.