Map and Breakdown of Chicago Gangs Areas
From the Chicago hoods of the South Side to the areas where Chicago gangs roam on the West Side to the heart of the Chicago ghetto areas of the North and East sides, this map breaks down the background and history of almost every Chicago hood and community while giving a tour through the streets of the urban sections of the city.
Chicago Gangs Map Key: Red = Black P. Stones | Dark Blue = Gangster Disciples | Light Blue = Black and Maniac Latin Disciples | Green = Mickey Cobras and Spanish Cobras | Gold = Vice Lords and Latin Kings
Chicago Hoods: South Side
Before the rise of Chicago gangs there was only a small black presence on the city’s South Side. Originally, the South Side was a place for the city’s white population, but after urban renewal of the city’s historic black community of Bronzeville, or known locally as the Low Ends, with the placement of housing projects and the Dan Ryan (Interstate 90 & Interstate 94) thousands of residents were displaced into the South Side during the 1960s and 1970s.
After urban renewal of the Low End, Chicago’s black population began making its way into the heart of the South Side during the 1960s and 1970s, first in neighborhoods like Englewood and Back of the Yards, followed by Auburn Gresham, 95th Street, and Roseland and West Pullman (the Hundreds), while places around 63rd and Loomis, 95th and Halsted, a small sections in Roseland and Back of the Yards had black presence since before the 1960s.
The streets within the Chicago ghetto of the South Side date back to the days of S. Green Street around Marquette (67th) and Halsted, the beginning of the Gangster Disciples that would later join one of Chicago’s largest black gangs, the Black Disciples, and form the Black Gangster Disciples, in which the alliance did not last and kickstarted the BD vs. GD war.
While before white flight in the Back of the Yards, some of the first Chicago gangs in the area were all-white gangs like the Gaylords or the Renegade Saints. Following white flight, the area would become home to Damenville Gangster Disciples and Black P. Stones of Moe Town, as well a handful of Mexican and Hispanic gangs.
Then in Auburn Gresham, which sits along 79th, 83rd, and 87th streets, some of the city’s oldest Black P. Stone and Gangster Disciple hoods, like Foster Park, Killa Ward, Duck Town, G Ville, or 8-Tray have called this community home since the 1970s.
Along a small stretch of 95th Street was once home to a number of old-school gang affiliations like the Cobra Stones, Disciples, Racketeers, and the Imphs, all before the Black P. Stones and Gangster Disciples acquired the majority of real estate in Princeton Park, Nateville, Rack City, and other hoods along 95th.
Nicknamed the “Wild Hundreds”, the Roseland and West Pullman neighborhoods have become hotbeds for the streets and Chicago gangs in the form of Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples, but also Mickey Cobras, Four Corner Hustlers, Black P Stones, Latin Kings, and Vice Lords in Chicago hoods like Rag Town, Trigga Town, RudeVille, RioWorld, Ada Park, GoonTown, Snake Pit, and many more.
Chicago Hoods: West Side
From the Vice Lords to Gangster Disciples to the Four Corner Hustlers to the New Breeds and the Black Souls, the West Side might not have received the recognition from the media as the South Side, but within the streets of the Chicago ghetto there is little difference between either side as this section of the city is the birthplace of numerous Chicago gangs.
With the destruction to Chicago’s original black community of the Low Ends’ Bronzeville community, as well the black community of the Near West Side, the black population relocated into the heart of the West Side, starting along Madison in East Garfield Park and later expanding into North Lawndale and West Garfield Park, and eventually into the Austin neighborhood during the 1970s and 1980s.
Chicago gangs of the West Side date back to the 1950s and 1960s. Gangs were originally created for needed protection from other races as the newly arrived African Americans were constantly abused and mistreated, and would later be involved in politics and efforts to better the community.
One of the largest gangs in the country are the Vice Lords. Beginning in the North Lawndale neighborhood as the 14th Street Clovers, a Chicago hood that became known as Holy City, the Vice Lords would later emerge and breakoff into multiple factions, like the Conservative Vice Lords, Traveling Vice Lords, Mafia Insane Vice Lords, and the Unknown Vice Lords. Outside of Vice Lords, there are Gangster Disciples, Black Souls, New Breeds, and Four Corner Hustlers.
Chicago Hoods: East Side
From State to Lake, the saying that refers to the East Side of Chicago, meaning the boundaries of the East Side expand from State Street to Lake Michigan. There are numerous of Chicago gangs on the East Side, like the Gangster Disciples, Four Corner Hustlers, Vice Lords and others, but the most notarized has been the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation.
On the corner of 67th and Blackstone the Black P. Stone Nation began as the Blackstone Rangers in the Woodlawn neighborhood as Jeff Fort and Eugene Bull Hairston spearheaded a movement that would expand throughout the Low Ends, East Side, South Side, small sections of the West Side, and even in certain cities nationwide. The growth also led to spinoff gangs, like the Titanic Stones, Maniac Stones, Mickey Cobras, and others.
Outside of the Black P. Stones, Chicago gangs of the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples, who started out as the Devil Disciples around 53rd and Woodlawn, hold much of a presence on the city’s East Side, especially around King Drive, Cottage Grove, and in South Shore.
Originally, the East Side began in the Washington Park community and expanded as far as 67th Street by the 1950s and 1960s. Continuing the growth, the East Side’s urban population ventured further south into areas such as South Shore and Chatham, during the 1970s and 1980s, and eventually made its way as far as Jeffery Manor along 95th Street by the 1990s.
Chicago Hoods: North Side
When it comes to the streets within the North Side Chicago ghetto, outside of one of the country’s most notorious former neighborhoods, Cabrini Green, much is not known about the North Side, but from Cabrini Green to Marshall Field to the sections of the city known as the North Pole, stretching from Lawrence Avenue to Rogers Park, there are numerous Hispanic and black Chicago gangs and hoods of the.
Originally built during the 1940s, Cabrini Green went from temporary housing to a very troubled complex that displayed poor living conditions and much street activity from numerous Chicago gangs, like Gangster Disciples and Mickey Cobras.
Today, after the demolishing of the Cabrini Green, the main ‘hood of the Near North Side is the Marshall Field apartment complex, while there is still a presence within the low rises of Cabrini Green. The section of the North Side that is known as the North Pole, from Rogers Park to the Uptown neighborhood, is a large diverse community of African Americans and Latinos who have been displaced from other Chicago neighborhoods and have been making their way into the far North Side since the 1980s.
Chicago Hoods: Latino Community
With prominent Latino Chicago gangs of the Latin Kings, Satan Disciples, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Gangster Two Six, and numerous others, the Hispanic community of both Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans have many similarities to the city’s black population.
The Mexican community began in the Pilsen and Back of the Yards neighborhoods, after relocating into Chicago as early as the 1910s. Urban renewal within Pilsen and the closing of the Stockyards in the Back of the Yards community led the Latino population to expand into Little Village and Cicero by the 1960s and 1970s and continuing into areas like Gage Park by the 1980s.
Similar to other Chicago gangs, Mexican gangs were started due to the fight against being attacked by other racist groups as Mexicans were moving into European neighborhoods. In Pilsen, there were gangs like the Ambrose, the Bishops, the Satan Disciples, and the La Raza. While in Little Village, the first and largest gang was the Gangster 2-6 who gained members due to the dislike for the Latin Kings that came from the Humboldt Park area.
During the 1950s Puerto Ricans began to arrive into the city of Chicago. Most resided in the Humboldt Park, as well other communities in the city, with Division Street being the heart of the neighborhood. As more and more Puerto Ricans arrived the population expanded to over 100,000 by the 1980s into neighborhoods like Logan Square, Belmont Cragin, and Hermosa.
The population increase caused problems during the 1950s and 1960s with other races of the neighborhoods. As a form of protection from the white gangs, Puerto Ricans gangs were created due to the harassment they were receiving. This eventually created the Latin Kings around Spaulding, the Maniac Latin Disciples around N. Rockwell, the Insane Unknowns around Iowa and Springfield, all together with the Spanish Cobras, the Latin Pachucos, and the Insane Albany Orchestra and the Imperial Gangsters in the Logan Square area.