West Town: Noble Square
West Town: Noble Square

West Town: Noble Square

Origins
Area West Side
Boundaries

Division Street on the north, Chicago Avenue on the south, Dan Ryan Expressway on the east, Ashland Avenue on the west.

Gangs founded Ashland Vikings,
Gangs headquartered Ashland Vikings, Harrison Gents,

The area in bounded by Division Street on the north, Chicago Avenue on the south, Dan Ryan Expressway on the east, Ashland Avenue on the west.

I do not know much early history of this section of West Town but by 1953 the Gay Lords street gang was hanging out in Eckhart Park; therefore, they were one of the first gangs in this neighborhood, but they would not become an official club until 1958.

In the early 1960s a Puerto Rican gang formed in Eckhart Park called the Skulls that became a major force in Noble Square.  The Gaylords had also become a very large gang in the neighborhood by then as well.  In 1964 the Skulls left the area and converted into Latin Kings who would then return to neighboring East Village.

By the mid-1970s the Gaylords left Noble Square as Puerto Rican families moved in.  Majority Puerto Rican gangs like Latin Kings, Ashland Vikings and Harrison Gents invaded this neighborhood and fought vicious gang wars.

At some point the Gangster Disciples and Conservative Vice Lords came to the neighborhood among a small wave of African Americans that migrated here.  The Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords in Noble Square were unique because they merged with each other to create the “Gangster Lords” at the intersection of Division and Noble for the purposes of making money.

Gang activity died down into almost non-existence by the 21st century as the neighborhood became bought out by yuppies and hipsters driving up the value of the neighborhood.