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Chicago`s cheaters: Website rates top infidelity-friendly neighborhoods

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Ladies, where is your husband tonight? Is he working late? Staying at the "gym" a bit too long?

If you're worried, you might have a reason to be--especially the night before Valentine's Day. Relationship experts will tell you the days leading up to Valentine's Day is a vulnerable time for a lot of people. Single folks are reminded that they're single; some feel depressed about all that is wrong in their relationship, while others cheat. It seems Chicago takes the cake on this one.

The day before Valentine's Day is known as Mistress' Day, according to AshleyMadison.com, a website for people seeking affairs. Its survey found 79 percent of cheating husbands plan to meet their girlfriend's the day before Valentine's Day, reserving the holiday for their wives.

It took FOX 32 reporter Amara Walker less than 24 hours of creating a photo-less profile on AshleyMadison.com to find two dates.

Dozens of "attached males" seeking a mistress messaged Walker, seeking contact. One from a married man in Chicago reads: "Let me know if you want to grab a drink and see if we can get each other in trouble?"

Another message reads: "I'm free tonight if you'd like to meet out for a drink or something of that nature..."

Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum, founder of Couples Counseling Associates, says Valentine's Day usually gets people thinking about their relationships.

"I do know there is a lot of infidelity," Dr. Schwarzbaum says. "Today, we are swamped with calls which is the day before Valentine's Day. They're concluding that being together is not easy."

Being together in Chicago might not be easy for some couples. AshleyMadison.com broke down the "Top 10 Cheating Neighborhoods" according to where its members live:

1. Lincoln Park

2. The Loop

3. Bucktown

4. Gold Coast

5. Armour Square

6. Hyde Park

7. Beverly

8. Arlington Heights

9. Oak Park

10. Naperville

We got a lot people in the area who work out a lot, so we got a lot of good looking people out here," Lincoln Park resident Felix Abner says. "Mix that with movers and shakers, I can understand."

"When people are more well-off they think, ‘it's okay if I cheat, I can get away with it,'" Boom Aramwatananont says.

On the flip side, AshleyMadison.com reports seeing a huge spike in females signing up the day after Valentine's Day.

"Some people are cheating because they want to save their relationship, I mean, it's a bad solution to a problem, but it is a way of solving a problem," Dr. Schwarzbaum explains. "Other people are cheating because they are trying to figure how to get out of relationship and they think its the only solution they can find."

Dr. Schwarzbaum reiterates, however, not everyone cheats and there is life after infidelity.

"On Valentine's Day, one of the things people can do is think about the vulnerabilities of the relationship and try to figure out how to make them stronger," Dr. Schwarzbaum says.

Ashley Madison also ranked the top 10 cities with the most members per capita. Washington D.C. came in as number one and Chicago ranks eighth.

The site also says the most faithful people live in Chicago's South Side. Factor in hotel, jewelry and other luxuries, and infidelity is said to be a trillion dollar business.

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