West Town: East Humboldt Park
West Town: East Humboldt Park

West Town: East Humboldt Park

Area West Side

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 neighborhood was originally settled by Polish, German and Russian Jews in the 19th century and early 20th century.

In the early 1960s the area began to be settled by Puerto Rican migrants which brought a culture shock to the neighborhood.

In the year 1964 Latin Kings settled at Maplewood and Wabansia and opened a sandwich shop at Rockwell and Hirsh.

In 1966 the Maniac Latin Disciples first formed on these streets at Rockwell and Potomac.  White greaser gangs like nearby Chi-West, Taylor Jousters and Playboys would attack groups of Puerto Rican youths and started wars with Latin Kings and Latin Disciples in the mid-1960s.

By the later 1960s, the area now majority Puerto Rican and the Latin Disciples gang grew stronger in numbers. The Division Street riots of 1966 also ripped through this area causing violence and destruction along Division Street.

In 1969 the Spanish Cobras arrived in this area and settled at Maplewood and Division near Latin Disciples, both organizations discovered how much they hated Latin Kings.

In the year 1970, the Insane Dragons formed in the southern part of this area and became rivals of the Latin Kings and various white greaser gangs.

In the mid-1970s the Spanish Cobras grew stronger in size as this area became one of their strongest sections and was directly supervised by the leader of the organization.  By 1976 Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras teamed up against the Latin Kings and began to push them out of the neighborhood.

In the later 1970s 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.  Jivers, Dragons, Disciples and Cobras all were allies by the early 1980s and battled against Spanish Lords, Taylor Jousters, Insane Unknowns, C-Notes and Chi-west from other neighborhoods.

In the year 1979 Latin Kings withdrew from Maplewood and Wabansia and the store on Rockwell had closed quite some time before then.

This neighborhood became a war zone in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s between gang wars and control of the drug trade.  Things became much worse in the 1990s when the Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples went into a bloody war that terrorized the neighborhood.

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.  This area still has issues with gang violence and drugs; however, it is rapidly changing.

This neighborhood serves as the birthplace of the Maniac Campbell Boys, Latin Jivers, Insane Dragons and Maniac Latin Disciples street gangs.