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Ties are not back; they never went away. Gentlemen looking to individualize their looks still turn to the cravat—and here are our favorite spots to tie one on.

With a choice of more than 1,000 designs at Burdi, you’ll never own a boring tie again.

Boasting fashion-forward designs in rich solids and plaids, BOGA’s ties pair well with neutral and bold ensembles. Each tie is handcrafted and made from some of the best Italian fabrics. BOGA’s designs are particularly suited for men looking to transition their ensembles from a formal day at the office to a casual night on the town. From $85, 133 N. Jefferson St., 312.801.8662

2. Bonobos
Variety is the name of the tie game at Bonobos. “We have classic staples, such as silk and cotton in solids and stripes—the pieces you’re going to grab time and time again that will always look good,” explains Vice President of Design Dwight Fenton. “However, we also have fashion-forward pieces like knit, linen, chambray, brushed wools and more in various prints and colors that change seasonally.” The majority of ties are hand-sewn in New York City and can be purchased at the Bonobos Guideshop Chicago in Lincoln Park or online. Bow ties from $58, neckties from $68, 845 W. Armitage Ave., 773.697.4910

3. Burdi
Expect only the finest quality from Rino Burdi. With all ties exclusively made in Italy, the Gold Coast boutique supplies about 1,000 designs, including woven, printed, knit and skinny ties. Custom ties are also available. Every tie’s neck is designed for maximum comfort (and style, of course), and constructed with border stitching to maintain shape and to avoid twisting under the shirt collar. From $225, 58 E. Walton St., 312.642.9166

4. Ike Behar
Ike Behar’s ties may look familiar. Over the past several decades, the clothier’s Italian-woven ties have appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, Richie Rich and The Hangover Part II. From $115, 67 E. Oak St., 312.624.9257

5. Lee Allison Company
In 1994, Lee Allison quit his job at Leo Burnett to start his own line of neckties. Armed with several of his original designs, he found two silk mills in England and Switzerland, and ultimately launched the Lee Allison Company in 1995. Today, the Bucktown studio offers sophisticated ties that are made in-house with 100 percent silk and slip-stitched by hand, plus double bar-tacked. From $98, 1820 W. Webster Ave., 773.276.7172

6. Nicholas Joseph
Can’t decide between going local or Italian? The eponymous Nicholas Joseph store carries two lines of ties—one is handmade in Como, Italy, at a family-owned silk-weaving company, and the other is made in Chicago using upscale English fabrics. “The excellence of both tie lines lies in each company’s continuing growth in technology, the preservation of care and the quality of the silk produced and used,” says owner Nicholas Joseph. From $90, 300 W. Grand Ave., 312.895.1577

7. Paul Stuart
For almost 80 years, Paul Stuart has worked with some of the finest mills and artisan tie crafters throughout Europe for its ties. The neckwear collection is developed each season in-house using exclusive designs and colors. To ensure each tie maintains its shape, 100 percent wool interlining is also used. Bow ties from $69, neckties from $89, 107 E. Oak St., 800.227.4990; 208 S. LaSalle St., 877.718.3949

8. Suitsupply
All ties are designed in-house at Suitsupply and are made from fine Italian fabrics from the mills surrounding Biella, Italy, including Vitale Barberis Canonico. Suitsupply also offers traditional seven-fold ties made with 100 percent silk, as well as woven and knitted ties in blends of linen and silk. $45-$89, 945 N. Rush St., 312.340.6909

9. Syd Jerome
The Syd Jerome team prides itself on carrying only the finest fabrics from around the world. Unique and high-end ties are considered essential items in every man’s wardrobe at this long-standing Loop establishment. Top-selling designers include Ermenegildo Zegna, Italo Ferretti, Canali and Armani Collezioni. From $125, 2 LaSalle St., 312.346.0333

10. The Tie Bar
When The Tie Bar was founded a decade ago, the premise was simple: A well-made tie shouldn’t cost a fortune. Since then, the Chicago flagship store has become one of the most popular destinations for men’s ties. All products are designed in-house, and the customer base includes an impressive roster of celebrities and athletes, including Justin Timberlake, Jon Hamm and Cam Newton, just to name a few. From $19, 918 W. Armitage Ave., 312.241.1299