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 came together sometime in the early to mid-1960s as a group of white and Hispanic teenagers growing up in the Lake View community.  When this group came together they were not gang members at all but instead were an early example of a party crew.  These guys partied hard and would eventually frequent a local bar at the corner of Paulina Street and Barry Avenue at address 1658 W. Barry Ave which is now known today as Cody’s Public House, the name has existed since 1986.  I do not know what the name was before it was Cody’s but this is the location that PBCs hung out at for decades.   The original PBC members were hard core partiers that drank heavily and were not into gang banging.

As the later 60s and early 70s came to be, young teens in the area started hanging around with the older PBC members.  These youths formed a band called “Taxi” that played at Augustus H. Burley Elementary School at 1630 W. Barry Ave (Barry & Fletcher).  These kids also played on a softball team in Hamlin Park.  “Crazy Tom” emerged as the alpha in the group taking on a leadership type role.  When the Simon City Royals formed at the end of 1969 and started to grow by 1970 these kids clashed with Royals getting into fist fights with the gang.  In the year 1971, the Insane Deuces gang formed in the Lathrop public housing projects, this group started hanging out in Hamlin Park shortly after forming in that same year.  This is when Crazy Tom took his crew into the Paulina Barry Community organization and turned the younger group into a gangbanging club to fight against Royals and Deuces.  Crazy Tom adopted the colors, sweaters and symbols that even older members could wear.  This is when Paulina Barry Community was fully established in 1971.

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.  The PBCs grew quite large in numbers.

In the year 1975, the Insane Deuces invited the Latin Kings to reside in the Lathrop projects which meant both gangs would team up against their common adversaries, it was because of this the PBCs went to war with Latin Kings.

The PBCs made the tough decision to join the Folk alliance in 1981 once this alliance was established on the streets.  Even though Simon City Royals were Folks too this did not make them become friends, it only meant their war was minimal.  The PBCs joined the Folks under the sponsorship of the Gangster Disciples.  The PBCs now would honor the pitchfork as a new symbol through the 1980s and 1990s.

In the year 1992 when the Insane Deuces joined the Folk alliance, the PBCs rejected this and when the Spanish Cobras brought the Deuces into PBC hood for a peace offering the PBC threatened to shoot down the Deuces.  PBCs would never accept the Deuces.

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 invested in an actual 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!


What year were the PBCs founded?

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