Infidelity in Chicago: Logan Square tops website ranking

Cheating in Chicago

Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune)

Logan Square tops the list of "Chicago's least faithful neighborhoods," according to data released today by AshleyMadison.com, a site that connects married people who want to cheat on their spouses with other married people who think that sounds just ducky. (Tagline: "Life is short. Have an affair.")

Of the 151,000 Chicago affair-seekers registered on the site, 9.3 percent reside in Logan Square, the 'hood known for its dense population of tattooed hipsters, enviable farmers market, white-hot restaurant scene and, apparently, loose morals.

It's also where my husband and I live with our three kids.

"The Chicago data is consistent with what we've seen in other cities," AshleyMadison.com founder and CEO Noel Biderman said in a press release. "Affluence is a common element found on most cities' top 10 lists."

When I relayed this information to my husband, he said, "Affluence? What affluence?"

(Slightly off point, but preferable to, "What was that site again?")

Lincoln Park is a close second in infidelity, with an even 9 percent calling that posh North Side neighborhood home. River North came in third at 8.7 percent.

Other interesting tidbits from the site's analysis:

• The average age of registered users is 35 for female; 37 for male.

• Forty-five percent of its Chicago philanderers are female.

• Cheaters who live in the Gold Coast have the most affair partners.

Other 'hoods that made the list: East Side at No. 4, Hyde Park at No. 5, followed by, in descending order, Bucktown, Gold Coast, Oak Park, The Loop and Roscoe Village.

Which raises a couple of questions (in addition to the obvious, "What in the …" and "Who in the …").

For starters, "East Side?" Never heard of it. And Oak Park? Not a neighborhood.

But far be it for me to argue over designations with a group that defines marriage so bleakly.

hstevens@tribune.com

Twitter @heidistevens13

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