West Town: River West

Origins Settled in 1837 and annexed c. 1837
Area West Side
Boundaries

Division Street on the north, the railroad tracks by Kinzie Avenue on the south, Chicago River on the east, Dan Ryan Expressway on the west.

This area is bounded by Division Street on the north, the railroad tracks by Kinzie Avenue on the south, Chicago River on the east, Dan Ryan Expressway on the west.

This area was known about and settled as far back as 1837 due to it being so close to the Chicago River.  The area was immediately annexed into Chicago in 1837 due to the ability to set up industry near the river.  River West became a part of the oldest settled area of all of West Town.

I do not know of any significant gang activity that ever existed in this part of West Town.