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A Look Inside North Side Chicago Gangs and Neighborhoods…

North Side Chicago is unknown to outsiders when it comes to the real community of the streets of the North Side Chicago neighborhoods.

The North Side Chicago gangs and neighborhoods within the black and Latino communities are not as active as the other sides of Chicago, but there are many affiliations and sections throughout the North Side Chicago neighborhoods.

The largest area of the North Side Chicago neighborhoods was the old Cabrini Green housing projects in the Near North Side section.

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Low rises of the old Cabrini Green housing complex. Courtesy Graham Milldrum

Built around the 1940s, the Cabrini-Green projects had the biggest reputation in the city at one point in time.

While the high rises have been long gone, the low rises of the Cabrini Homes are still there, even though most apartment units are closed.

Today, the Near North Side’s main neighborhood is the Marshall Field apartments, while the area was once and still may be affiliated to North Side Chicago gangs of the Gangster Disciples and Mickey Cobras, especially in the old Cabrini Green housing projects.

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The Lathrop Homes. Courtesy David Wilson/Flickr

Another housing complex of the North Side Chicago neighborhoods is the Lathrop Homes, around Diversey Parkway and Clybourn Avenue, home to multiple racial groups of African-Americans and Latino’s living together.

Like the Cabrini Homes, much of the Lathrop apartment units are closed and boarded up and are expected to be rehabilitated or become a mixed-income area.

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The Bricktown area of Lincoln Park is home to Hamlin Park and the North Side Chicago gangs of the Insane Deuces, which were once active in the community before the 2000s, with blocks like Wellington and Wolcott or around Barry.

According to ChicagoGangs.org, the Insane Deuces started in the 1950s as an all-white gang and after uniting with other gangs the Deuces were formed by the 1970s.

Some say that Lincoln Park was one of the more active parts of the North Side, but when urban renewal and gentrification, along with the new construction of developments like DePaul University, most people were unable to live in the community and were forced to move into other North Side Chicago neighborhoods.

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The skyline of the upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood. Courtesy Nitram242/Flickr.com

Other sections of the North Side Chicago neighborhoods include Albany Park, Avondale and Irving Park communities.

These areas began to have a Latino presence, Mexican and Puerto Rican, starting around the 1970s.

From Diversey Avenue to Foster Avenue, between the Chicago River and Interstate 90, this area has continued to grow throughout the years within the Hispanic population.

This area is home to the North Side Chicago gangs like the Familia Stones, Imperial Gangstas, Spanish Gangster Disciples and the Latin Kings, who are the largest in Albany Park.

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A Latin Kings tag, one of the biggest North Side Chicago gangs. Courtesy Brad Perkins

The section of North Side Chicago known as the North Pole is from Rogers Park to the Uptown neighborhood.

The North Pole consists of L Dub (Lawerence Avenue), Wicked City Stones (Magnolia Avenue around Wilson), Stoneville (Howard and Damen), Foster and Sheridan, the Jungle off of Howard, with North Side Chicago gangs of the Latin Kings, Black P Stones, and Gangster Disciples.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago tells the history of the North Pole, in which urban renewal of Hyde Park and Lincoln Park led to many people to be displaced and relocated from and into this section of North Side Chicago neighborhoods.

By the 1980s and 90s, many black and Latino families had begun to live in the North Pole community.

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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research.  Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.