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The Reader put out an amusing, fully sober account of "hipster migration" in Chicago. The term 'hipster' wasn't coined until the 1940s, when it applied to jazz cats, so alternate labels stuck to earlier massing of countercultural types. According to the Reader, the first real noise began in the South Loop in 1898 with artist colonies at the Auditorium Hotel and Fine Arts Building. Jackson Park came next, followed by the "bohemians" of Towertown (Near North Side, 1910-1950), "beatniks" of Old Town (1950-1970), and the "hipsters" of Wicker Park and Logan Square (1985-present). Learn the founding figures, the hangouts, and the reason for each successive migration. [Reader]