|Founded||Founded in or near Lower West Side: Pilsen|
|Colors||Black and Green|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Mexican)|
|Symbols||Wolf Head and Low Rider Hat|
Wolf head with low rider hat
The early history of the Villa Lobos is a tough one to nail down because they originated on the north side of Chicago in the 1960s. The original Villa Lobos were Puerto Ricans and were started along Armitage Avenue somewhere. The Villa Lobos were gone from the north side by the late 1960s so they began in the early or mid 1960s, but likely the early 60s but I’m of course not positive. Armitage runs from Lincoln park all the way west to Belmont-Cragin. Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa didn’t really have Puerto Rican gangs in the earlier 1960s. Logan Square and Bucktown had some Puerto Rican gang activity but Lincoln Park was the neighborhood that had the most Puerto Rican gang activity in the 1960s; therefore, I theorize the Villa Lobos came from Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park, which was the same block the Armitage and Dayton Latin Kings began on and the Young Lords or Armitage and Sheffield.
In about 1967, The Villa Lobos moved to 18th and Damen in the Pilsen neighborhood. They had a club house at 18th and Damen right behind Bishop’s Chili. Villa Lobos means “Village Wolves” in Spanish. The Villa Lobos had an alliance with Morgan Deuces and Latin Kings and would invite Latin Kings from Little Village to party with them at the club house. The Villa Lobos were also called upon at a peace summit with Latin Kings, Morgan Deuces and other gangs in the Bridgeport Homes in the Bridgeport neighborhood in the late 1960s, this solidified their relationship with Latin Kings much more. The Villa Lobos existed in Pilsen for approximately 10 years until they moved out completely.
What I do know is they were around in Pilsen by 1967 and their leader was Lawrence McClean back in 1967. McClean was 17 years old in 1967 and went down for murder after he shot and killed Loren Overturf, a member of a rival gang called the “Whitey’s Boys.” This clash may have happened because the Villa Lobos were now operating south on Damen to Damen and Blue Island. After this murder heat was brought down on the Villa Lobos and McClean got charged causing the Villa Lobos to move again the Ashland and Ashland and Cullerton in the Pilsen neighborhood where they would remain into the 1980s.
Villa Lobos had success in Pilsen as their territory stretched from 19th Street on the north to Cullerton Street on the south, Loomis Street on the east and Ashland Avenue on the west.
In the year 1976, the Villa Lobos began moving to 30th and Drake in the Little Village neighborhood. When the Villa Lobos arrived here they became a Mexican gang as Ashland and Cullerton closed down. By 1980, the Villa Lobos had grown in popularity and claimed territory from 30th Street and Drake Ave to St. Louis Ave. The Villa Lobos also opened up at 23rd Street and Ridgeway in Little Village by the early 1980s.
The Villa Lobos biggest enemy was always the Two Sixs and when it came to the major war between Two Six and Latin Kings in Little Village the Villa Lobos took the Latin Kings’ side as they became good allies. The Villa Lobos also fought with Two Six allies the Sin City Boys.
In the Pilsen area the Villa Lobos slugged it out with La Raza and hung out with Latin Counts and Latin Brothers. In about the year 1981 the Villa Lobos joined the People Nation thanks to the Latin Kings as they became even closer allies with Latin Kings.
The Villa Lobos had pretty good numbers in the 1980s but by the early 1990s the organization began to fade out due to retirement or members flipping to Latin Kings especially the 30th and Drake section all turned Latin King because the powerful 31st and Drake section was looking to grow even more. The Cullerton and Ashland section closed up by the 1990s then 23rd and Ridgeway shrunk in size to the point where many members moved to the suburb of Cicero at 16th and Austin which lasted until the 2010s decade.
Please send in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s pics!
- Who was the founder and what happened to him?
- What year were Villa Lobos founded?
- What intersection did Villa Lobos begin, Armitage and what cross street?