|Founded||Founded in 1970 by Caveman in or near West Town West Town: East Humboldt Park|
Founded in West Humboldt Park neighborhood, Sacramento and Walton.
|Formerly known as||
|Colors||Grey and Maroon|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Puerto Rican)|
|Symbols||Dragon, Torch, Fire, and Diamond|
Fire breathing dragon, torch with flames and a diamond
The Dragons started out in the year 1970 as a club of kids hanging around Sacramento and Walton. These kids banded together and mainly fought white greaser gangs like Chi-West, Gaylords and C-Notes. One of their biggest enemies was Chi-West.
The Dragons had strict rules of secrecy from the start and this showed when they were interviewed for a Chicago Tribune article on March 26, 1978 when the leader that referred to himself as “Joe” was really concerned about names and addresses of his members being divulged. He also talked about how other gangs are not like them and are too much trouble. He also said they had been “organized for at least 8 years,” which is how I came to the conclusion they started in 1970, there is also no history from the 1960s of any gang known as the “Dragons” and there are no street stories that are credible. Those interviewed in the article were at an apartment at Sacramento and Walton (Chicago Tribune March 26, 1978, P. 34, Greg Herrigas). Shortly after the article came out in 1978 the Dragons became more recognized in the late 1970s and this brought them into war with other Hispanic gangs, primarily the Latin Kings.
In the year 1979, the Dragons became attached to the “Insane” alliance alongside the Spanish Cobras of East Humboldt Park, the two became very tight.
In the year 1980, the Dragons joined the Folk alliance as they were sponsored by the Spanish Cobras while members were behind bars. In the year 1981, the Dragons became Folks on the streets as the alliance had spread to the streets that year.
Dragons opened territory in the 1980s at Augusta and Sacramento, Chicago Ave. and Maplewood, Augusta and Rockwell “The Rocks,” Augusta and Mozart “Dragons Pitt,” and the Dragons opened major turf from Augusta Ave to Chicago Ave and Sacramento to Campbell which put them into direct conflict with the C-Notes of Smith Park. The Dragons also managed to open turf at Palmer and Kilpatrick and Austin and Diversey in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood which brought wars with the Gaylords, Taylor Jousters and Latin Brothers. Dragons also opened territory at Iowa and Campbell “Vato Land” right near Ukranian Village and this is where the Dragons fought heavily with Chi-West very early in the 1980s. The Dragons started off as a very rapidly growing organization as they mainly centered their activity in East Humboldt Park and southern West Town.
By the early 1990s, the Dragons stopped their gang wars with the C-Notes and the two became best allies. The C-Notes were in bad conflict with the Gaylords and Taylor Jousters which was great for the Dragons because they hated the Gaylords and Jousters too, due to their newer turf in Belmont-Cragin, and of course both gangs deeply hates Latin Kings.
In 1992 the Spanish Cobras and Latin Disciples began shooting it out which turned into temporary gang wars over the years. The ULO (United Latino Organization) was officially disbanded in place of three rival gang families. The Dragons . The Dragons now became the“Insane Dragons” after the Insane family was made official in 1992. Legendary Folk Nation rivalries of the IDRs were with the Maniac Campbell Boys, Maniac Latin Disciples, Harrison Gents and Imperial Gangsters but of course the biggest enemy would still be the Latin Kings.
During the 1990s the Dragons showed they had serious firepower and would even use Uzis to shoot up enemies. This was done in 1993, as an example, when they were shooting at Maniacs during a temporary war with the Maniacs that year. The Dragons were also know to have many shooters in their group and were quick to shoot.
The IDRs had always been a ferocious gang but small in size. Dragons have been well run and organized since the start and that is why the Dragons have only lost two sections in all their existence Diversey and Austin and Chicago Ave and Maplewood. Their biggest suburban concentration has always been Harvard, IL.
- What happened to Caveman?
- What was the time line of leaders up until 2000?
- What year did the Dragons open up in East Humboldt Park?
- What year did the Dragons open Diversey and Austin? What year did it close and why?
- What year did Chicago Ave and Maplewood fall and why?