Dixmoor

The land that is now the suburb of Dixmoor was very barren while most of Cook county was developed.  The area first was discovered in the 1820s as Bison began to migrate through the state of Illinois starting in Chicago all the way down to Vincennes, Indiana.  This left a …

Melrose Park

The suburb of Melrose Park is one of the safer communities in the western suburbs; however, it is also one of the first Chicago land suburbs to be infiltrated by Chicago based street gangs way back in the 1970s, it also used to be a village that had some pretty …

Waukegan

This area was first settled by the white man in the year 1725 when French fur traders established the Little Fort trading post.  For the next 35 years French and Indian traders would pass through and stop at this post until the post was removed in the year 1760 during …

Zion (formerly Zion City)

This suburb is one of the newer suburbs in Chicago land history as it sat as a barren Lake County land all throughout the 19th century.  It was not until the autumn of 1899 that this land was actually considered for suburbanization by John Alexander Dowie (pictured right) who immediately …

Villa Park

I will start off by saying that Villa Park is in no way a dangerous suburb and really never has been that bad; however, in the 1980s and 1990s Villa Park was pretty crazy, especially in certain rental property areas of town.  Chicago street gangs infiltrated this suburb in about …

Romeoville

I debated hard about doing a page for Romeoville because first of all, it is not a high crime community, it is a rather safe community and is not economically depressed and never has been.  Second, Romeoville does not have severe gang problems and the gang activity they did have …

Robbins

I will start off by saying that Robbins is one hard up community and is perhaps the hardest up of any Chicago land suburb, and has been for a long time.  Government corruption, police corruption, street gang violence, drugs, vacant and deteriorating properties, high crime and high poverty has plagued …

Miscellaneous Suburbs

At a glance Belwood Summit West Chicago Woodridge Misc ‘Burbs Bellwood I do not have a whole lot of information about the suburb of Bellwood’s gang activity over time, but I figured I would give a quick mention about this community since it has such a reputation for violence and …

North Chicago

The suburb of North Chicago is a diverse community that is mainly noted for the Great Lakes Naval Training Station (pictured below) which is the one and only location in the United States where new U.S. Navy recruits go for basic training.  North Chicago is also known for its high …

Maywood

This area was a part of the region that is now the suburb of River Forest in the first few decades of this area’s settlement.  A town was built up that mainly was in River Forest called Noyesville, it was not until 1869 that this area took on its own …