Chicago Gang Stats
|Started||Colors||2011 population||Ambrose||Black and light blue||600+||Started by a big Polish guy named Don.|
|Ashland Vikings||Black and green||220+|
|Bishops||Black and copper||240+||Started by Bobby G. (Gutierrez).|
|Insane Deuces||1968||Black and green||310+ (+ Aurora)||Flipped to Folks 1991. Their chief is Munchkin, who used to sit on the Cobra prison board.|
|Cullerton Deuces||1973||Gray||60+||Flipped to Folks 1994, merged.|
|Familia Stones||Black and orange||300+|
|Imperial Gangsters||1971||Black and pink||1100+||Founded by Carlos Quintanilla "Lil Mexico" in 1971, resigned 1976.|
|Insane Unknowns||1960s||Black and white||120+||Founded by Sinbad, who was Puerto Rican, but was primarily White gang.|
|Krazy Get Down Boys||Black, purple, and white||90+|
|La Raza||Green, white, and red||830+|
|Latin Brothers||1972||Black and purple||140+|
|Latin Counts||1958||Black and red||590+||Started by Joe the Boxer (Joe Escamilla, b. 1942), then Big Sal, then Lil Sal, then Meme, then Babyface Nelson.|
|Latin Dragons||1990s||Black and white||330+||Founding members split off from Latin King's Kedzie/Cortez.|
|Latin Eagles||Black and gray/silver||215+||Founding members split off from Latin King's Montrose/Hazel.|
|Latino Jivers||1966/67 (Latino Stars)||Black and brown||150+||Turned gang in 1978, ran by Horse 1978-90, Louie B. 1990-95, Carmelo Pedroza 1995-2010/11, then Gary.||Latin Kings||1965||Black and gold||9900+|
|North side (Imperials)||1954||Maroon||Founded by Ramon Santos at Laflin/Van Buren.|
|South side - Marshall Blvd||1964||Black and gold||3 sections: Seniors, Juniors, and Littles.|
|South side - Coulters||1961||Black and orange||Renamed to Coulter Kings from Coulter Counts, 1968.|
|Latin Lovers||< 1975||Red and yellow||120+||Started by Fox L on 12/12/1977, then Godfather, then shortly ran by Babyface, then Cacu.|
|Latin Souls||< 1976||Black and maroon||105+|
|Latin Stylers||Gray and maroon||110+|
|Maniac Latin Disciples||1968 (Latin Disciples)||Black and light blue||2750+||Founded by Freckles (d. 1997), then Chino D, then General Vic, then Fernie, then Rick Dog, then Pimp Daddy.|
|Milwaukee Kings||Black and orange||170+||Founded by Shaky.|
|Orchestra Albany||< 1978||Brown and yellow||230+|
|Pachucos||Black and white||170+|
|Party People||Black and white||215+|
|Party Players||White and maroon||60+|
|Saints||Rabbi, his brother Monk, and Frank Morfin in 1964/65.||Black and light blue||570+|
|Satan Disciples||1959||Black and canary yellow||2700+||12 founding members. Ran by King Satan (#2 Canary), then Big Baby D, then Aggie (#2 Godfather, who stepped down after Gizmo was killed).|
|Spanish Cobras||1961||Black and green||1570+|
|Spanish 4CH||Black and red||70+|
|Spanish GDs||Black and light blue||470+||(1,400 in USA). Chiefs were Rudy Rios (d. 11/18/1989), then Rudy Guzman, then Lil Dee, then Spike Rick.|
|Spanish Lords||Black and red||120+||Started by Cortez, then Curky (d. 1979 in prison), then Rico.|
|Spanish Vice Lords||Same as Vice Lords||150+|
|Two Six||1972||Black and tan||2370+|
|Two Two Boys||Black and blue||150+|
|YLO Cobras||Same as SCs||240+|
|YLO Ds||Same as MLDs||190+|
|BDs||1960 (Devil Disciples)||Black and blue||4200+||Ran by David Barksdale (1967 - d. 9/2/1974), then Jerome Freeman (d. Jan. 2012), then Marvel Thompson, then Big Law (Lawrence Loggins, d. 2/6/2019), then Kenneth Brown.|
|Black P. Stone||1959 (Blackstones)||Black, red and green||7,700+||Eugene Hairston (Bull), Charles Edwards-Bey, Wesley Brown, Ernest Vaughn, Charles Knox, Henry Cogwell (Mickey), and Jeff Fort.|
|Black Souls||Black and white||1100+||Started by King Wee (Horace Willis, b. ~1950) who was a Vice Lord, died 1969, then ran by William Weaver, then Sam McKay, then Jack Bobo (Wayne Edwards, 1980s), then Ice man (Willie Jones, d. 2011).|
|GDs||1964||Black and blue||10000+|
|Mickey Cobras||(Egyptian Cobras)||Black, red, and green||1300+||Walter Caffey, then Henry Ponder (#2 Buck Ferguson 1968), then Cogwell. Every July 27 party near Fuller Park, 45th/Princeton. #2 in 2008 was Malik Ousley.|
|New Breeds||1984 at Kildare/Wilcox||Black and blue||1740+||Ran by Boonie Black, (with Jeepers as his advisor, who died at 97), then his nephew Marcellus (Boyce).|
|Conservative Vice Lords||1958 (14th street Clovers)||Black and gold||3700+||Founded by Pep (Edward Perry, b. 1939) with Leonard Calloway #2, then ran by Alfonso Alford (late '60s), then Bobby Gore in the '70s (#2 leader Sam Mahdi, #3 leader Minister Rico), then Minister Rico in the '80s (#2 leader Pierre (Elbert Mahoney, d. 2000), then Kenny Shannon). Headquartered 16th/Pulaski.|
Cicero Insane Vice Lords
|Chicago/Cicero||Black and gold||470+||Started by AJ.|
Mafia Insane Vice Lords
|Central/Jackson||Black, gold, and blue||1250+||Started by King Troy, a CIVL, on 11/1/1990.|
Imperial Insane Vice Lords
|Division/Wolcott||Black and gold||250+||Started by Don Sid (Sidney Hughes) in 1972, then DJ, then Nathaniel Hoskins (b. 1968) since 2010.|
Renegade Vice Lords
|Henry Horner Homes||Black and gold||100+||Started by Nooney in 1965, then Gator.|
Traveling Vice Lords
|California/Flournoy||Black and gold||3540+||Started by CW in 1963 (#2 Antoine Miller) till 1973, then Rabbit (#2 Spanky, then Dickie) till 1978, then King Neal till 1986, then Bay-Bay (Andrew Patterson) for 1 faction, Bo Diddley for another. After Bay Bay, was Fatman.|
Undertaker Vice Lords
|Jackson/Cicero||Black and gold||200+||Started by Highneath before 1973. Prince is Waho.|
Unknown Vice Lords
|N/A||Black and gold||1230+||Started by Willie Lloyd in 1971, then led by Tyrone Williams (Baby Ty) in summer 1988, (#2 Rio).|
4 Corner Hustlers
|Black, gold, and red||6500+||Started by Walter Wheater, a Unknown Vice Lord, then ran by Monroe Banks, then Angelo Roberts (who ordered Wheat dead), then Ray Longstreet, then Shaky Shawn (Raymond Betts).|
Vice Lords splintered into subnations after Bobby Gore stepped down. Sam Mahdi is also known as King Solomon.
Egyptian Cobras colors were green and brown.
|Gaylords||1952||Black and light blue||210+|
|Simon City Royals||1969||Black and blue, blue and green||360+|
|Harrison Gents||Black and purple||240+|
Started at Taylor/Western, then moved to Dvorak Park.
2nd sect 18th/Throop, 3rd Hoyne, 4th Wood, 5th Jefferson.
The 2nd sect 18th/Throop started because their only sect was having around 60-70 members.
Headquarters sect, current: Armitage/St. Louis
Headquarters sect, former: Kimball/Cortland.
Note: IGs are a merge of 2 gangs: Imperial Spanish Gangsters (Division/Grand) and Imperial Gangsters (Armitage-Palmer/Drake), and then when they merged, ISG dropped the S.
Armitage/Drake founding members (1969): Lil Mexico, Goyo, Pito, Jabar, Lil Bug (Jesse Rodriguez), and Killer.
Division/Grand 1972 members: Spanky, Tito, Godfather, Tiny, Casanova, Jauquin, Mr. Doc, Mad Dog, Cisco, Secret Squirrel James, Caveman, Lil Man, Alberto, Tomo, Modesto, Fingers, Lil Joe, Miguel (Chulito), and White Boy.
Started at McLean and Hoyne (As Unknown Souls).
1st sect: 19th/Carpenter.
Headquarters sect: 17th/Laflin.
Started as 6 White guys and 12-15 Mexicans. Founding members include Papa Joe, Knotch, Yo-yo (Frank Montoya), Rich Cervantes, Tony Lopez.
Originall called Sons of Mexico City, and it was Ed Anton's idea to be renamed Latin Counts. Some of the Sons of Mexico City split off to start the Spartans.
1st sect: Wilton/Grace.
Latin Kings - North side.
1st sect: Laflin/Van Buren.
Started as a group of 3 people, then became 5.
Latin Kings - South side.
Seniors was started by DJ and Genaro (both Puerto Rican), Juniors was started by twin Mexican brothers Dan and Don Villanueva, and Littles was started by Boogaloo (Puerto Rican, d. 1971) and White Sal (Mexican). DJ died in 2020.
Coulter Kings founding members: Started in 1961 by Sexy (Freddy Fernandez), Shy Kid (1st to die, killed by Chancellors under the El), Bull (Abel Torres, b. June 5, 1951), Browns Boy and Butterfly were twins, Egor, Sippie, Flaco, Wino, Pretty boy, Papo, Charlie, Galetti, Curly, and Wolfy (b. 1951 who flipped to the Ambrose).
Sexy and Chopper (b. 1955) were originally Spanish Chancellors. Some senior members include Beretta, Big Deadeye (Joe Fabian), Barron (Danny Broughton, b. 1950-51), Jesus Melero (b. 1952-53), Chewy (b. 1953-54), and Fish (Edwin Miranda, 10/31/1953-11/30/2015 who was Puerto Rican). There was also Aggie (b. 1955, who flipped to Ridgeway Lords) and Scarface (Eddie Roncone 7/19/1957-1/26/2018). Shy Kid was the 1st to die, Bull was the 2nd to die (18, 12/8/1969), Butterfly was the 3rd to die (Robert Del Bosque, 21, 8/31/1974). However, there was a 2nd Bull that left the Coulters and overdosed around 1973. Big Deadeye (Joe Fabian) was the 1st to go to prison for murder, next to Dino (Hector Pagan, b. 1947).
1st sect: Richmond/Dickens.
1st sect: Rockwell/Potomac "Twilight."
New headquarter sect: Talman/Wabansia.
9 founding members were Freckles b. 1956, "Hitler" b. 1954, Savage, Leprechaun, Clyde, Shank, Tarzan, Tony Dons, and Deadeye.
Headquarters sect: Lyndale/Sacramento.
1960s members include Rabbi (Rich), his brother Monk, Frank Morfin, Butcher, Professor, Tony Vasquez, Wando, Grasshopper, Little El Cool (Bobby Sanchez), Spook (Joseph Pietryzyk), Paul de la Garza, Carlos Gonzalez, and Pat Ramos.
Started at Davis Square Park, renamed to 45th/Hermitage, then moved to 45th/Wood late '80s.
1st sect: Taylor/Racine, which closed when UIC formed. Split into 2 sections: 18th/California, and 18th/Oakley.
Headquarters sect: Division/Maplewood (Maplewood/Potomac).
1st sect: Springfield/Hirsch (1961), then migrated to Harding, then Thomas/Ridgeway, then Artesian/Potomac.
2nd sect: Haddon/Washtenaw.
1st South side sect: 88th/Houston.
1st North side sect: Rosemont/Broadway, then Broadway/Cuyler, then St. Louis/Ainslie (shared with GDs), then Sunnyside/Kimball.
Started in 1971 as a baseball and basketball team by a lady Ambrose at McCormick School, then transformed into a gang by Armando Espinoza, after him came Alfonso, then David.
Some of the founding members of the baseball team were founder Linda, Carmello, Carmello's sister, Stretch, Fish, Josie, Chris Branch, and Miriam.
Some of the founding members of the gang were founder Armando Espinoza, Junior, Chief, Carmelo, Fish, and Rabbit.
Some of their senior members were David Avalos who joined in their 2nd or 3rd year.
Originally started in West side by Richard Strong, then moved to 53rd/Kimbark.
Black P. Stones.
1st sect: 65th/Blackstone (from 63rd to 67th), 2nd sect 46th/Cottage Grove.
When 39th/Drexel opened up "the Fort" it was a merge of 65th/Blackstone and 46th/Cottage Grove.
Oldest sects: a tie between 3: 62nd/Kimbark "Crank Town," Ancient Tank City, and 39th/Lake Park "Pyramid City."
1st sect: 68th/Green.
2nd sect: 64th/Halsted.
1st White to join: David Dawley.
1st Hispanic to join, came from the Spanish Counts that merged into the Vice Lords.
Simon City Royals.
Started at Irving Park and Ashland, a 1969 merge of Simon City (Drake/Wabansia, black and white, started 1952) and Ashland Royals (started 1968 as 7 members, black and columbia blue).
In 1969, 1 of their prime members, Arab, came back from Vietnam and moved his operation to Lakeview area where he tried to call it Simon City North, but the Ashland Royals he had just merged with didn't want, hence SCR. However, not all of Drake/Wabansia wanted to merge, so that section was still around as a standalone. After Arab died in 1974, Mike Brewer changed the colors to black and royal blue.
|Baby Tokers||Early '70s||Brown and green||Originally 19th/Paulina, then moved west towards Wolcott. Turned Bishops and Counts in the '80s. Brown and green were the colors of weed, because they were always "toking" up. Chief was Wino.|
|Bishops||1920s||Black and blue||92nd/Commercial. Imperial Bishops, they died in the early '70s, the last chief was Rocky Hinojosa, who later died of an overdose. Some turned Kings. There were no Puerto Ricans in the gang, and did not start out as a White gang. No allies.|
|Bush Nation||No colors||89th street South Chicago, led by Roy Cortez who turned King in prison early 1980s.|
|Campbell/Boys, Insane||Maroon and gold||Turned Cobras mid-2000s.|
|Campbell/Boys, Maniac||Maroon and gold||Turned MLDs 2004.|
|Chancellors||18th.||Black and white|
|Chi-West||Light blue||Chicago and Western. Their symbol was a skunk.|
|Coulter Counts||Black and orange||Started by Sexy in 1961. 24th/Hoyne/Coulter. Renamed to Coulter Kings.|
|Devious Ones||Purple and gold||~30, turned mostly Homan and Albany kings mid-1990s, their leader turned 52nd/Talman king.|
|Emerald Knights||< 1970||Predominantly Puerto Rican, fought the Devil Disciples 55th/Halsted area. Village Sharks were older.|
|Fairfield Boys||Gage Park, kicked out, turned extinct around 2005.|
|Fillmore Boys||Turned Coulters.|
|Guess Boys||Blue and gold||Gage Park, leader was Freaky (Lupe). Majority got heavy into drugs.|
|Haddon Boys||1963/64||Green and white||80-90% turned Cobras around 1980/81, some turned Warlords. By 1969, had 25.|
|Kool Gang||Black and white||Didn't recruit, died off.|
|Laflin Lovers||~1975||Black and orange||Started by Gato (Felix) who now works as a CTA bus driver. Old ones died off, 1992, young ones turned Counts and Bishops. 1990 had around 35-40 members, most ever had was 50.|
|Latin Pimps||1969-1974, Dean and Paulina.||Blue and pink||Most turned Harrison Gents of Beach/Paulina.|
|Latin Scorpions||Late '60s||Purple and white||Started by Big Louie, were a party crew, turned MLDs around 1974.|
|Los Chingones||Early '80s||Brown and white||27th/Sawyer, party crew.|
|Mighty Projects||Black and red||Late '70s Bridgeport from 31st/Halsted to 35th/Morgan, mostly White and PR, only a few were Mexican. Leader was Birdman.|
|Morgan Deuces||< 1958||Black and purple||Founding members came from Brownsville, Texas. Started at Van Buren and Morgan. 1978 leader was Popo.|
|Night Crew||1976||Gray and white||45th/McDowell. Died 1990s.|
|Party Gents||Black and maroon||Turned Kings. ~80% turned 28th/Christiana Kings. Leader was Shaggy.|
|Racine Boys||Navy and light blue|
|Rampants||< 1969||Black and gray||North of 18th/Blue Island area, turned Kings and Ambrose. ~50.|
|Rampants||Were on Oakley, turned SDs early '70s.|
|Ridgeway Lords||< 1966||Black and dark blue||Started by Huddi, 1st sect 27th and Ridgeway.|
|Royal Knights||Black and mustard yellow||A majority Puerto Rican gang. They had a younger branch Midget Knights, that mosly turned SGDs in South Chicago.|
|Saints||Black and yellow||87th/Houston, their sweaters were brown and yellow. Symbol was a red devil. Died in the '70s, few were Puerto Ricans.|
|Sin City Boys||Late '60s.||Black and navy blue||Started at 27th and Springfield.|
|Spanish Chancellors||28th/Wallace.||Black and light blue||Half of them turned 27th/Normal Kings, half died out.|
|Spanish Kings||Black and maroon||84th street, turned Latin Kings.|
|Spartans||Gray and blue||West Pilsen, their founding members were split off from the Sons of Mexico City.|
|Stone Kents||Black and gray||Formerly Artistic Kents, turned Kings, were half Mexican half Puerto Rican.|
|TAP Boys||Red and white||Chicago Lawn, primarily Arabic.|
|TNT Boys||Turned Cullerton Deuces, were a party crew.|
|Taylor Sharks||< 1965|
|21st Boys||1981||Black and green||21st/Western. When Goyo got out of prison and was cool with BGDs, wanted to turn folks. Most turned Ambrose in the '90s because they hated the Oakley SDs.|
|VMP||Late '70s||Black and gray||Started by Ambrose from 18th that moved to 86th/Baltimore. Then they turned Ambrose.|
|Villa Lobos||1967||Black and green||Started at Cullerton and Blue Island, mostly turned Kings by 1979. 1 sect left on 23rd/Trumbull.|
|Village Sharks||Black and maroon||Turned Latin Souls, 55th/Halsted area.|
|Bucktown Warlords||1976||Black and orange||Died off in 1985, younger ones turned Kings, mostly Division/Wolcott Kings.|
|La Familia Warlords||1974||Started by Lord Chief.|
|Wicker Park Warlords||1964.|
|Young Bloods||1980s.||Turned King in South Chicago 1990s. Their fathers were Bush nation.|
Haddon Boys founding members: Founder, founder's younger brother, Baby, Lefty, Cano, Papo, Papajoe, Raymon, Brillo, Buzzy, and Tacobender. Started from Chopin School.
More Laflin Lovers turned Counts then Bishops. The ones who turned Bishops were Rocco, Chuy, Chato, Omar, and Shorty. (Though Lil Man turned Count, then flipped to Bishop.).
For the Mighty Projects of Bridgeport, most of the Mexican ones turned Kings in 1981, and the Puerto Rican and White ones turned SD in 1988.
Villa Lobos: 1959-64, president Paquito, VP Johnny PR, and Warlords Krazy Hector and Berto.
Villa Lobos: 1967+, president Mousey, VP Cheetah, and Warlords Shark and Roldan. 25 joined in summer of 1967. By 1970, 400 members.
|Black King Cobras||Pontiac Prison||Gold||But on the streets, started at 41st/Cottage Grove. Rode under Devil Disciples by 1968.|
|Del Vikings||By Johnny Johnson <1966, at 36th/State, and #2 Narvel Blackman||Blue||Majority turned GDs, 1977.|
|Double 6 Kings||1960s, 69th and Normal, led by Charles Atkins.||Turned BPSN in 1969 after May.|
|Egyptian Warlords||Black and red||Turned Jet Black Stones.|
|Five Trey Cobras||<1967, 53rd/Halsted.||Black and gold|
|Goon Squad||1969, at 16th/Kedzie.||Black and purple||Started by Rabbi, and his #2 Rusty (Steve Bailey), turned New Breeds 1987.|
|High Supreme Cobras||<1966, at 3737 S. Federal.||Blue||Allies with Venetian Lords, turned Stones and Cobras.|
|Imperial Chaplains||<1960 at 16th/Homan area.||Started by Big John b. 1946, and his #2 Jojo Easter. Peak population of ~80. Turned Vice Lords due to the Black Souls, early '70s.|
|Maniac Cobras||<1971, Fillmore/Springfield.||Turned West side GDs, and some turned CVLs, ~1980.|
|Roman Saints||1960s||Started by Eugene Brown from the Vice Lords.|
|Royal Family||1972||Started by Roger Collins when he came out of prison. Turned New Breeds in 1991.|
|Satan Lovers||1960s, 63rd/Laflin, Ogden Park.||Blue||Leader was James Anderson (Satan), turned BPSN around 1968.|
|Soul Brothers||Turned Black Souls.|
|Tasmanian Devils||<1974, at Robert Taylor Homes||Gold||Died off.|
|Venetian Lords||<1966, at 3737 S. Federal||Red||Formed to ally against the Del Vikings. Turned Stones.|
Del Vikings: Johnny Johnson died, he jumped off at 31st street Beach and landed on rocks, got paralyzed for a few years then died.
Imperial Chaplains: Big John died in 2010 of cancer, Jojo Easter died 2001 of AIDS.
Chicago's 1983 newspaper stated the city had 4,000+ gang members, at 110+ gangs.
However, earlier newspaper August 1978 stated city had 5,000 gang members age 9-40, at 150+ gangs.
Note: Loyola University (maroon and gold) has the same colors as the Campbell Boys, Northeastern Illinois University (gold and blue) has the same colors as the Guess Boys (blue and gold), Roosevelt University (green and white) has the same colors as Haddon Boys, and Northwestern University (purple and white) has the same colors as Latin Scorpions.