Paulina Barry Community
Paulina Barry Community

Paulina Barry Community

Founded Founded in or near Lake View
Founding story

Founded in Lakeview near Paulina and Barry

Affiliations Folk Nation — 1980 – give;
Colors Black and White
Primary ethnicities White
Symbols Skull, Crossbones, and Top Hat
Status Extinct

The Paulina Barry Community organization came about in the Lake view neighborhood at the intersection of Paulina Street and Barry Avenue.  This is all I know about their early formation.  I know the PBCs started in the 1960s but I have no idea when within that decade they started.  I do not know who their first enemies were besides maybe Latin Kings from nearby Lincoln Park?  The wars with Insane Deuces and Simon City Royals did not come about until 1969 for the Royals and 1971 for the Deuces which was the founding years for each of those groups.  I know nothing about PBCs of the 1960s.

As the 1970s progressed the PBCs were a force to be reckoned with as they battled ferociously to keep Paulina and Barry as they spread within the vicinity of School Street on the north, Diversey Parkway on the south, Southport Avenue on the east, Damen Avenue on the west.  The PBCs biggest strong spots were Ashland and Barry, Ashland and Belmont and of course Paulina and Barry.

Since the Insane Deuces were so heavily allied with Latin Kings the PBCs decided to have an alliance with the Simon City Royals from the neighborhood this lead the PBCs to join the Folk Nation alliance in 1981.

As the 1980s progressed the PBCs shrunk in size more and more because more members began to retire and older members were not impressed with taking in the younger kids in the area.   Some younger members still did get in by the early 1990s but recruitment slowed tremendously.

In 1994, the PBCs joined the “Almighty” alliance and further solidified their alliance with the Simon City Royals.  PBCs also began hanging out with the Gangster Disciples that had moved in around Wrigleyville in the 90s, then in 1997 PBCs closed down their operations.

Older members have still been hanging and living at the intersection of Paulina and Barry which has kept other gangs from settling this corner, there has also been gentrification in the area that has kept all gang activity minimal in the 21st century.

Please send in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s pics!


  1. Who was the founder and what happened to him?
  2. What year did each other PBC set start?  Was it in the 60s? 50s?
  3. What year were the PBCs founded?
  4. I am seeking any 1960s stories on the PBCs, I have nothing

Known sections of the Paulina & Barry Community from the past

Lake View neighborhood 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s

Sections of Lake View

School to Diversey, Southport to Ravenswood 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s

North Center neighborhood 70s, 80s, 90s

Sections of North Center

School to Diversey, Ravenswood to Damen 70s, 80s, 90s