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 Dixmoor Melrose Park 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 …

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 …

Markham

Markham is definitely a suburb to fully understand before passing judgment mainly because this is a community that has some hardships and has a higher than average crime rate; however, it is not a highly dangerous neighborhood like most people perceive.  Many judgments on this community are passed out based …

Lockport Township (Unincorporated Lockport) (Fairmont)

This is an area of Will County that definitely needs recognition on Chicagoganghistory because there has been a blending of unincorporated Lockport Township problems in with Lockport problems as far as gangs, drugs and poverty are concerned.  If you visit Chicagogangs.org website and visit their suburb gang list section, you …