Ridgeway Lords

Founded Founded in or near South Lawndale: Little Village
Founding story

Founded in the Little Village section of South Lawndale

Affiliations ;
Colors Black and Dark blue
Primary ethnicities Latino (Mexican) and White
Symbols Cross, 3 Slashes, Shield, Lion, and Playboy Bunny
Symbol usage

Cross with three slashes, shield with two lions, playboy bunny with bent ear 1980-extinction

Status Extinct

The Ridgeway Lords are said to have started sometime between 1960-1964 but I don’t know the exact time they formed but they were for sure started by 1964 at the intersection of 24th and Ridgeway in the Little Village neighborhood.  I am not clear on who the Ridgeway Lords fought in their early years but I believe it was only small gangs.  The Ridgeway Lords got very popular in the 1960s and got along very well with the other large gang the Latin Kings.  Latin Kings and Ridgeway Lords were very tight in the 60s and into the early 70s as they partied hard together and fought various small gangs in the area.

I am not sure whom the first rivals of the RLs were but I do know by the mid-1960s the RLs were fighting with the Taylor Sharks that migrated there from the Little Italy area.  I came across a news article from 1966 in which a Taylor Shark shot a Ridgeway Lord in the chest once with a .22 caliber pistol and fled onto a bus, the RL died of the gunshot wound (Chicago Tribune Page 17, June 13, 1966).

In 1972, when the Two Six gang formed in the neighborhood Ridgeway Lords became enemies with them as they fought alongside the Latin Kings against them. The RLs also loved to fight against Cicero gangs in the 60s and by 1972 they were fighting Noble Knights and Twelfth Street Players.

At some point either in the mid-70s or late 70s the Ridgeway Lords went to war with the Latin Kings and it got really ugly.  RLs allied with Two Six and Satan Disciples and were invited into the Folk alliance by 1981.

At some point the RLs spread down the block to 24th and Lawndale then they opened a big set at 27th and Kedvale which became their stronghold especially since they lost the 24th Street original section.

As the 1980s progressed the RLs began to fade out of existence and by the very early 1990s the RLs closed the 27th and Kedvale chapter and many members flipped to becoming Satan Disciples gang members and some members moved to the suburb of Justice where a whole new section of RLs started up that gained some strength and this led to members going into the nearby Clearing neighborhood in 1995 that caught the attention of the rival Almighty Popes gang.

The Ridgeway Lords were mentioned in the 1995 shooting of two 13 year old girls in Clearing that were gunned down by Almighty Pope gang members at 62nd and Melvina, no Ridgeway Lords were harmed and they were never heard from again, they faded out of Justice some time later in the 1990s and became fully extinct.  The RLs in the city were said to be some tough gang members; however, I have found nothing detailing this.

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  1.  What exact year did the RLs start?
  2. Who was the founder and what happened to him?
  3. What year did 24th and Lawndale start?
  4. What year did 27th and Kedvale start?
  5. What other sections were there?
  6. Were there ever RLs in Cicero?
  7. What year did the Justice section start and what year did it shut down?
  8. What is the time line of leaders?
  9. What year did each section close?
  10. What other sections did I leave out?  Where the RLs on 28th?