Domestic success eventually leads to thoughts of empire -- Rome stretched all the way to Great Britain, while That 70s Show stretched all the way to That 80s Show. Marching into Chicago: Brooklyn Industries. With eight stores of "imaginative, provocative yet wearable" gear in NYC, BKI's chosen Chi as their first out-of-state expansion, a decision influenced by one of the founders having spent a Kanye-esque year at The Art Institute of Chicago. Their wide-ranging line starts with graphic tees depicting everything from astronaut montages to vampire poodles, solid knit polos w/ collar contrast stitching, subtle button-up plaids, and hoodies like a lightweight cotton number printed with dozens of cassettes -- evocative of your mixtape collection, minus the Goo Goo Dolls tunes. BKI's also doing outerwear, like the v-patterned Argos nylon jacket, the Griffin Motorcycle jacket prepped up w/ plaid, and a charcoal or cream lightweight job named after NYC underground rapper Aesop Rock (hating on it? That's sour grapes, bro). Intent on conquering with kindness, the new location's selling an exclusive "We Come In Peace" t-shirt (topographical renderings of IL and NY getting cozy), and'll soon solicit Chi-town artists to design graphic tees -- because the second step in world domination is getting busy with the locals.