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1909 W. North

773-342-9800

"W ant a beer?" Lindsay McKay asks, pulling a draft of PBR from a keg in a fancy minicooler. I'm not getting special treatment--McKay, owner of the new Bucktown men's boutique TK Men, beers most of her (legal) customers on arrival. The guys are encouraged to watch wrestling DVDs on the large-screen plasma, play a little Xbox, and then maybe look around when they're comfortable. The shop's designed to look very dudely, too, like a cross between a bachelor pad (framed vintage Playboy covers and pinups) and a skate park (fixtures made of steel pipe and chain-link fence). Tried-on clothes tend to pile up on the vintage Brunswick pool table, including supersoft T-shirts by EFCI (around $85), McKay's own ties ($90 to $95), and perfect slim wool jackets by the LA duo Mr. Winter, complete with psychedelic silk lining ($550)--all carried exclusively by TK Men in Chicago--and Stitch's jeans (around $285). Accessories include King Baby's braided leather cane, topped with a solid silver skull ($3,500), and belt buckles concealing folding knives McKay says she bought off "some motorcycle hillbillies in California" ($100).

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