Wicker Park is just so hip

  • Shooting from the Hip- Neighborhood Watch in Wicker Park in neighborhood of Chicago on Feb. 5, 2012. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune)
Shooting from the Hip- Neighborhood Watch in Wicker Park in neighborhood…
October 18, 2012|By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye

Look out hipsters--Wicker Park might be hitting the mainstream. (Or maybe it already has.)

To the dismay of fixie-riders and flannel-wearers everywhere, Forbes recently published a list of the 20 hippest neighborhoods in America, totally selling out all of the coolest places to live, and Wicker Park landed at No. 4.

Attempting the completely antithetical process of quantifying what it means to be "hipster-friendly," Forbes considered several different criteria. With the help of nextdoor.com, they assessed walkability using walkscore.com, considered the number and variety of coffee shops, food trucks, and locally owned restaurants, and studied how many and how frequently farmers markets occur.

To be thorough, they also surveyed Next Door's Neighborhood "Hipness" Index, which gleans a measure of hipness based on the number of times terms hipsters loathe being associated with (musician, gallery, bicycle, organic) appeared on the neighborhoods' pages.

David Morley, a research associate with the American Planning Association, is also a Wicker Park resident and attributed the hood's rank to its good public transit, variety of housing, eclectic locales and social interaction on the streets.

"I love being able to do my shopping in the neighborhood and being able to see lots of people in the streets," he told Forbes.

While it's unclear how the publicity will affect America's fourth-hippest neighborhood, some commenters have pointed out that Wicker Park "isn't even hipster anymore," while others are just glad their respective cities aren't ranked too high. (sic)

"I'm glad williamsburg [NY] is #3..." one wrote. "#1 is too mainstream."

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