Morgan Deuces

The Morgan Deuces were one of Pilsen’s first Latino gangs and also one Chicago’s first significant Latino gangs.  I do not know a whole lot about these guys accept some very important early history.  I know they formed at Van Buren and Morgan in the West Loop neighborhood Chicago’s west …

Arch Dukes

The Arch Dukes were a gang born out of the Chicago land suburb of Cicero, Illinois in the Grant Works section of Cicero.  The Arch Dukes started in the year 1966 in order to combat roaming African American gangs from the North Lawndale neighborhood. The Arch Dukes were an all-white …

Almighty Imperial Gangsters

The Imperial Gangsters are a rather late bloomer compared to the history of their allies and enemies on the north and west sides of Chicago; regardless, the IGs grew to become one of the largest gangs in Chicago with membership in the thousands.  The story of this organization only goes …

Vice Lords

The genesis of the Vice Lord nation takes us all the way back to 1948 when African Americans first started moving into the North Lawndale community on Chicago’s west side after restrictive covenants were lifted in 1947.  The first Jewish families packed their bags and left North Lawndale to either …

Warlords Wicker Park, La Familia Warlords

This is a tough history to write because there is not a lot of info out there on these guys and also the one source out there on the Stone Greasers site quite frankly confuses me so I will do the best I can.  A history is necessary because these …

Villa Lobos

I do not know a whole lot about this organization but I will put together the most I can.  The Villa Lobos came up in the Little Village section of the South Lawndale neighborhood I think sometime in the 1960s but I am not sure when in the 1960s. Villa …

Uptown Rebels

The Uptown Rebels came about in the year 1968 or 1969 at the intersection of Montrose and Malden in the Uptown neighborhood.  The reason for the creation of the Uptown Rebels was the migration of African American and Puerto Rican families into the Uptown community that arrived in this impoverished …

Insane Latin Lovers

The Latin Lover’s history has been told a certain way that makes them appear to be a late bloomer organization that befriended Spanish Lords and Latin Kings right off the bat all way into the mid-1980s; however, if you look at old pictures from the 1970s you will see every …

Taylor Jousters

The Taylor Jousters started in about 1959 or 1960 in the Near West Side neighborhood at the intersection of Taylor Street and Oakley Street.  At this time the Taylor Dukes were beginning to fade out of the picture and the junior members of the Dukes were looking to still gang …

Thorndale Jag Offs

In the year 1964 all hell broke loose in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s far north side.  Puerto Rican migration began that year and new Puerto Rican gangs formed nearby like the Latin eagles for example.  Many white greaser gangs were also popping up in the Lakeview and Uptown areas. …