Morgan Deuces

With the recent release of the book Compliments of ChicagoHoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture it has brought me a great understanding of how the Morgan Deuces came to be.  I will now rewrite this Morgan Deuce history using some of the book as a reference because it totally …

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 …

Akrhos (Flip City Kings)

Asian youths have struggled in Chicago against Hispanic and black gangs and have been bullied terribly by the bigger Hispanic and black gangs on the south side and north side and by the 1980s, Asians had had enough and started gang banging under their own banners as many were often …

Imperial Gangsters

The Imperial Gangster story is in two parts with two separate gangs that called themselves “Imperial Spanish Gangsters.”  The Imperial Spanish Gangsters were founded by “Spanky.”  Each club was from different neighborhood but had the same struggles as each other.  The first Imperial Gangsters gang started in 1964 in the …

Vice Lords

The Vice Lord nation is one of the largest gangs in the United States with chapters in every state in the nation and almost every city and town in this country.  The Vice Lord nation has grown so powerful because of the goals the nation has tried to accomplish over …

Warlords Wicker Park, La Familia Warlords

    The Warlord’s began in the year 1964 in the Wicker Park neighborhood.  The Warlords were born out of the Latin Kings that formed in this community the same year in the winter.  Once the weather got nicer and spring time came in 1964 the Latin Kings wanted to …

Villa Lobos

The Villa Lobos started on 18th and Damen in the Pilsen neighborhood.  The Villa Lobos were for sure around by 1967 and perhaps go back even further.  They had a club house at 18th and Damen right behind Bishop’s Chili.  Villa Lobos means “Village Wolves” in Spanish.  The Villa Lobos had …

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 …

Latin Lovers

The Latin Lovers story begins in the about the year 1970 in the Logan Square neighborhood. By this time Latin Kings, Gaylords and Imperial Gangsters were flooding into this neighborhood and trying to dominate.  Gaylords more or less wanted to flush out much of the newly arrived Puerto Rican populace …

Taylor Jousters

The Taylor Jousters started in the year 1960 in the Near West Side neighborhood at the intersection of Taylor Street and Oakley Street in the Little Italy section.  At this time the Taylor Dukes were ready to give up the gang life and start families after they graduated high school, …