FASTSIGNS of Chicago – Ohio Street Celebrates 20 Years

Author: FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street

(CHICAGO) DATE, 2018—FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street, a locally owned and operated sign and graphics company, is celebrating more than 20 years in business.

When FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street opened in 1997, the center primarily provided cut vinyl signs and banners. As technology evolved, so did the company’s production capabilities. Today, FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street has a 2,000 square-foot production area equipped with a router and engraving machine for manufacturing dimensional, ADA-compliant and braille signs in-house, an HP Scitex FB 500 flatbed printer that can directly print on a variety of substrates, a Mimacki plotter, and a newly acquired Roland VersaExpress solvent printer.

Owners Kent Watkins and Joseph Linhart purchased the company in July 2015. 

“Twenty years is an exciting milestone at FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street and we’re truly thankful for the tremendous support from our customers and the community,” Watkins said. “Over the years, we’ve acquired state-of-the-art equipment and have highly-skilled graphic designers, project managers and production and installation experts to provide our customers the best sign buying experience possible. We are proud to be a Preferred Sign Vendor for Northwestern University and all of the Vapiano Italian Restaurants in the USA, as well as many restaurants, hotels, medical facilities, shopping centers, and non-profits.

Types of custom signs and graphics FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street provides include wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, office signage systems, banners, flags, trade show displays, wayfinding signs, digital signage and content, vehicle wraps, decals and interior décor graphics.

“Our goal is to help customers in any way we can,” Watkins added. “Whether it’s providing completely new signs and graphics for a facility, designing a new logo, branding an event, wrapping company vehicles, displaying products or rebranding an office—we’re here to help.”

FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street is located at 447 E Ohio St. between McCLurg Court and LAske Shore Drive near Navy Pier. The business is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at (312) 728-8038 or


FASTSIGNS® of Chicago, IL - Ohio Street is a locally and independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes—across all industries—to help them attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables, digital signage and marketing materials. To learn more, visit or call (312) 728-8038.