loomingdale Avenue on the north, Chicago Avenue on the south, Western Avenue on the east, California Avenue to Sacramento Avenue on the west.
|Gangs founded||Insane Campbell Boys, Insane Dragons, Maniac Latin Disciples, Maniac Campbell Boys, Latin Jivers, Puerto Rican Stones,|
|Gangs headquartered||Insane Dragons, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Campbell Boys,|
This area in bounded by: Bloomingdale Avenue on the north, Chicago Avenue on the south, Western Avenue on the east, California Avenue to Sacramento Avenue on the west. This area is technically part of the West Town neighborhood as this area is a sub-neighborhood of the larger West Town. This area needs to be distinguished from West Humboldt Park as both neighborhoods have many similarities but many differences especially if I am to effectively tell the tale of Chicago gangs. I don’t have much of a history lesson the neighborhood itself because research takes me to general Humboldt Park research. It wasn’t until recent years that this area has been given its own name. It was sorely needed because this part east of the park has always been within West Town borders but not West Humboldt Park.
This neighborhood was originally settled by Polish, German and Russian Jews in the 19th century and early 20th century.
Greaser gangs roamed these streets in the 1950s as they battled many groups all over West Town, Logan Square and West Humboldt Park.
In the year 1962, this area began to be settled by Puerto Ricans in higher volume. Before 1962, this neighborhood only had minimal Puerto Rican settlement. These early Puerto Rican migrants were constantly bullied and attacked by white gangs from the surrounding area like Chi-West, Gaylords, PVPs and Simon City. This led Humboldt Park and West Town area Puerto Rican to create gangs for protection. Some known groups of East Humboldt Park were the Latin Angels, Latin Scorpions and the Paragons. The Paragons migrated from Lincoln Park area. The most significant group to form on these streets was the Latin Invaders. These gangs got into very violent altercations with white gangs but many of times these groups were disorganized or even seedy groups that attracted crime and drugs to the area. This was frowned upon by groups of Hispanic youths that formed the Latin Kings in 1964 as an effective way to fight back against hostile white gangs.
In the year 1964 Latin Kings settled at Maplewood and Wabansia and opened a sandwich shop at Rockwell and Hirsh and now the Latin Kings became the biggest gang in East Humboldt Park effectively ruling these streets.
The Harrison Gents moved here from the Near West Side neighborhood and settled right by the park. The Gents were a black and Hispanic group that had Hispanic members move here in 1964. The Gents were needed to help prevent the Gaylords street gang from beating up Puerto Rican youths trying to play in the park; however, the Gents would end up fighting with Latin Kings too.
In the summer of 1966, black and Puerto Rican youths on the northern part of the city came together unifying against oppression. Black and Puerto Rican gangs even came together and for some reason these streets were a big point of unification between Puerto Rican youths and Black P Stones and Black Disciples. The Black Disciples assisted a group of youths at Rockwell and Potomac to create the legendary Maniac Latin Disciples that year, while Black P Stones got together with youths closer to the park to create the Puerto Rican Stones. The Puerto Rican Stones would not last long on these streets until they moved to Lake View and Albany Park but the Maniac Latin Disciples would eventually become a major part of this community for generations. Between the years of 1966 to 1972 Latin Kings and Maniac Latin Disciples worked together and fought white gangs.
The Division Street riots of 1966 ripped through this area causing massive destruction as a major protest over the wrongful police treatment of the Puerto Rican people was the reason for the chaos. Shortly after the Latin Kings embarked upon a conquest to rid the West Town and Humboldt Park areas of undesirable Puerto Rican gangs that brought drugs and crime to the area, this is when Latin Kings took apart the Latin Angels and Paragons.
In the year 1969, a group called the Spanish Cobras migrated here from the Bridgeport community as they bonded with the Latin Invaders. The groups came together and created the Spanish Cobras we known today.
In the year 1970, the Insane Dragons formed in the southern part of this area and became deep rivals against hostile white gangs.
In the year 1972, Maniac Latin Disciples broke out into war with the Latin Kings after the Latin Kings stabbed a leader/founder of the Disciples to death. This is what started the permanent war between Latin Kings and Disciples.
In the mid-1970s Spanish Cobras became Insane Spanish Cobras and at some point either during this time or before they also went to war with Latin Kings. In the year 1976 Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples became very close allies as they teamed up against the Latin Kings. 1976 was also a big year for Spanish Cobra expansion in this neighborhood as they flipped one gang after another to join their ranks.
In the year 1978, the Latin Disciples began selling drugs very heavily in the area and involved the Spanish Cobras. The crime rate soon soared in this area as drugs, gangs and violent crime became a major issue.
In 1978, a new gang would form called the Latin Jivers. The Jivers allied with Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras to further help push out Latin Kings.
In the year 1979 Latin Kings withdrew from Maplewood and Wabansia and the store on Rockwell had closed quite some time before then.
In the year 1980 Insane Campbell Boys were birthed on these streets then in 1984 the Maniac Campbell Boys were started here making East Humboldt Park the motherland for multiple gangs over time.
This neighborhood became a war zone in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s as invading gangs often sparked much conflict with native gangs here. For the most part in the 1980s and early 1990s the Folk alliance kept Insane Dragons, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Latin Jivers, YLO Cobras, Maniac Campbell Boys, Insane Campbell Boys, Imperial Gangsters and Milwaukee Kings as close allies. Insane Campbell Boys, Spanish Cobras, Insane Dragons and YLO Cobras were bound by a Folk sub-alliance known as Insane. Maniac Latin Disciples, Maniac Campbell Boys, Milwaukee Kings and Latin Jivers were bound by the sub-alliance of Maniac. These two Folk alliance groups got along quite well until violent conflict began to brew in 1993 and would evolve into full war by 1997. Now Insanes and Maniacs were killing each other viciously which caused some gangs to fade from the area.
In recent years much of this neighborhood became taken over by hipsters and yuppies as property if now going up in value. New trendy businesses and finer restaurants have been put in that further increased the value of the community. It has now become necessary for the name “East Humboldt Park” to be used in order to distinguish the rising neighborhood with the still struggling impoverished West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
In the earliest years this neighborhood was dominated by the Latin Kings until late in the 1970s then by 1976 the tables turned as Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples became the dominant groups in this neighborhood.
In recent years I do not really know how much gang activity happens here. The Insane Dragons continued to have a presence but the Maniac Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras have mostly had to leave this area due to gentrification from upper classes.
For those of you that are from the young urban professional group you might be interested to know these gangs have walked your streets over time:
Latin Angels Established 1962-1966
Maplewood & Division
Paragons Established 1962-1966
Washtenaw & Potomac
Latin Invaders Established 1962-1969
Campbell & Division
Latin Scorpions Established 1962
Not sure where
Western & Cortez
Harrison Gents Established 1964
Augusta & Fairfield
Lemoyne & California (Humboldt Park) Established 1964
Latin Kings Established 1964-1979
Maplewood & Wabansia (1964-1979)
Insane Campbell Boys Established 1980-1994
Augusta & Campbell
Insane Dragons Established 1970
Augusta to Chicago Ave, Sacramento to Campbell Established 1970 (Dragon’s Pitt, The Rocks, Vato Land)
Iowa from Western to California (Iowa Village)
Latin Jivers Established 1978
Crystal & Washtenaw (Dark Crystal) Established 1978
Spanish Cobras Established 1969
Division to Potomac, Campbell to Maplewood Established 1962 as Latin Invaders, as Spanish Cobras 1969
Haddon & Washtenaw Established 1976
Artesian & Potomac Established 1973
Thomas & Campbell Established?
Artesian & Hirsch Established 1969-1969
Artesian & Lemoyne Established 1973
Fairfield & Lemoyne Established 1976
Evergreen & Washtenaw Established 1976
Rockwell from Potomac to Division
Artesian & Potomac
Le Moyne and Fairfield
Maniac Campbell Boys Established 1984
North Ave to Hirsch, Talman to Artesian
Maniac Latin Disciples Established 1966
North Ave to Hirsch, California to Washtenaw
North Ave to Hirsch, Talman to Maplewood (Monk Land)
Evergreen to Crystal, California to Washtenaw
Washtenaw & Wabansia
Maplewood & Wabansia (Maplewood Park)
Evergreen from Rockwell to Washtenaw
Rockwell & Potomac (Twilight Zone) Established 1966
Talman & Wabansia (Real Side, T-Dubb)
Cortez & Washtenaw
Thomas & Washtenaw (Murder Town
Beach & Lemoyne
Puerto Rican Stones Established 1966-1980s
Lemoyne & California