About Cushing

Your local printer with worldwide connections. Let’s talk about your project.

proud to be a Chicagoland business over 90 years!

 

An annual tradition, Customer Service Week encourages teamwork, collaboration and brings the team together. See us celebrate!

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Consider us your merry band of creative problem solvers, print consultants and customer service experts.

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Since 1929, Cushing has supported the associations in the Chicagoland area.

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We're Excited to Help You

Cushing is Chicago’s Creative Printing and Display Graphics Company.

From large format wall graphics & window signage to marketing materials including brochures and posters, we can’t wait to hear about your project. For over ninety years, businesses in Illinois and beyond have trusted us to exceed expectations. How may we help you?

Cushing is a Big Picture Wide Format Winner
Big Picture Best of Wide Format Winner

Did you know a customer project was named a wide format winner? Explore the Slaack Productions project in our portfolio.

Could your project win next?

“Working with Cushing is always a positive experience. Their team has assisted us with direct mail campaigns and other projects. Josette is a pleasure to work with!”
Cushing is Three Best Rated in 2020
Top Service Provider

Cushing named a top printing company by Three Best Rated.

Thanks to you for making this possible!

Cushing a Top Clutch Business

Cushing has been named a top B2B business provider on Clutch!

See the release and the terrific businesses on the list!

Printing to Perserverance

Cushing has persevered by choosing outstanding people and focusing on innovation. The goal is always to improve your customer experience.  We have utilized three and a half generations of input to guide your print projects.

Like history or stories about great American small businesses? Read on…

Cushing Named a Loyola Family Business of the Year!

We are proud to share Cushing is a Family Business of the Year!

Thanks to our friends, customers and vendors!

Company History

In 1929 (yes, the year of the Great Depression) Cushing opened as a blue print shop to serve growing architecture and engineering firms. An ex-driver of a delivery truck, our founder, F. John Cushing Sr. made every sales call himself, to rebuild the company (National Blueprint Co.) he purchased from his employer.   Changing the name shortly after, Cushing and Company was branded with the colors orange and blue.  This mimicked the University of Illinois, and later the Chicago Bears, who housed their offices above Cushing for two decades.

Meet and Hear from Members of the Cushing Team
Congratulations Josette!

Account Manager Josette O’Neil has volunteered at the River North Business Association over five years.

Hard work pays off! Josette was recently recognized as the the Art Bryan Volunteer of the Year, during their annual meeting. Congratulations Josette – so well-deserved!

Josette discusses her experience on being name volunteer of the year.

Kristine Brown of Big Brothers Big Sisters
The window graphics have a stopping power, which is exactly what we wanted to see. You are immediately drawn to the building – wanting to know more. We hope it will continue to inspire individuals to step up and want to know more about what they can do in their community.”
Cushing: Illinois Family Business Award Winner 2018
Proud to be a 2018 Torch Awards Winner!

Cushing 2018 Torch Award Winner

Learn about a classic piece of equipment that appeared in the Cushing shop.

Diazo to Display

Coating diazo paper in the 1950’s for our own use, Cushing began converting photographic and drafting films in the 1960’s. Converting various Diazo media in blue, black and sepia tones, Cushing became a key player in the world of manufacturing and distribution. Jack Cushing Jr. uncovered a niche to expand:

Selling the paper and films to printing shops in the Midwest.

“Cushing did an incredible job with our conference event signage. Their team went the extra mile to make sure we had everything before our deadlines, the communication was superb and their team is friendly and knowledgeable! They are professionals who understand the client end goals and I would not hesitate recommending them to anyone planning an event.”
Charlene Kate Ditch Shares Her Cushing Experience
Large Format Runs in the Family

A lot has changed since 1929. Click the image to meet the Nurture Life team (and a recent project – wide format display graphics are a fast growing part of our service offerings!)

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In the late 70’s, we expanded service offerings and placed the industry’s first manned, on-site printing center in Chicago.   Shortly thereafter, Cushing was the first reprographic firm to add color copying services in downtown Chicago.  This blazed a new trail in the commercial real estate and corporate printing communities.  The next fifteen years included the addition of electronic (CAD plotting) services to meet industry demand.  We moved from the Loop to River North and expanded color services to include wide format color display graphics.  Vertical markets expanded to include retail point-of-purchase displays, trade show and event printing and commercial printing outside the AEC community.

 

Significant Men of Cushing's Past Shaped Foundation for Future Success

Owners Cathie Cushing Duff and Joe Cushing represent Cushing in the larger community, volunteering, sharing experiences, knowledge and best practices. Both are active in a number of industry and community associations with an emphasis on Family Business Development, including: City of Hope, Canstruction, SMPS, ACE Mentor Program, DePaul’s Chicago Family Business Council, SOS Villages, March of Dimes, ReproMAX and the Chicago Printer’s Guild.

Additionally, we are certified nationally and with the City of Chicago as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), led by our company president of twenty-five years, Cathleen Cushing Duff.   Ownership diversity is an added benefit to using Cushing for projects or public entities. Through our certification, we’ll help you fulfill your vendor diversity goals.

“I should also mention the menu boards and the signage looks absolutely fantastic!”
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