The city of Chicago is known and known well for its gang history. Many believe this is the birth place of modern street gang and thugs. With its past in organized crime aka the mobsters, to the creation of the “Folk” and “People” nations. The people nation to name a few consist of the Latin King, Vice lords, Spanish Lords,El Rukuns, Black P Stones, Bishops, Gay Lords,Latin Counts, Kent and Mickey Cobras. To counter the People alliance rival gangs made what is called Folk this alliance consists of, The BGD (Black Gangster Disciples), Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, La Raza, Spanish Cobras, Latin Eagles, Latin Disciples, Maniac Latin Disciples,Simon City Rivals, The SGD (Spanish Gangster Disciples), Two Sixers and The International Posse. These Gangs consists of men and women, and they are everywhere in Chicago. The Question is how and where to keep safe when visiting Chicago? Take away these gangs and Chicago is a beautiful city. The worst place to find yourself in Chicago is Humbolt Park. Just google Humbolt Park and nothing comes up but the shooting that have happened. One recently killed two and injured one at the local Puerto Rican day parade. Humbolt Park is often the battle grounds for gang territory disputes between The Latin Kings and The SGDs, So best case is not to venture into this. If you do however try to find a police officer and get directions out. If you are approached try not to make conversation, and in some cases eye contact, the locals down there are not often the friendly kind. Another area to avoid is the east side of Aurora it gets messy there. Their is a major problem with gangs feuding there as well. Cars being set on fire through out the night and shots being heard from blocks away. Best advice to give keep moving and don’t look back. Englewood is another no go zone. Crime is on the rise up there and just best to stay out of the way. The West side of Chicago on Madison is not a good area to be in either. My final are to avoid is the East side by the lake, aside from Humblot park this has the most shootings. As diverse as some would like you to believe Chicago is, its well known it is mainly segregated. So you may be wearing pink and be hassled or you may have just glanced up at someone and they thought you were staring. In these places listed the color of your skin unfortunately judges you. It is best to avoid them as best as possible.
The best part of this is I get to tell you the best and safest places to be in Chicago. Evanston is beautiful, it is kind of expensive but really truly worth it. Not a whole lot of violence going on. This city has parks for the kids that are safe and best of all no drug dealers pitching to the kids or selling to anyone. Mundiline Is a great area to visit or live. This town has a certain appeal that is unmatched by far. Kids can run around free and not worry about drugs or gangs. St. Charles is another spot to visit, it is up there in price but worth it. Lots of restaurants and parks to visit not to mention the Red Gate Bridge over Fox Lake. It is truly gorgeous as can be. Lake Bluff is a must visit, it has an old time store which is the center of the social scene. This community is one that watches its heritage and traditions, a multimillion dollar renovation of downtown has given this village its historic feel back and then some. The best would be to visit in Autumn when everything is in its last bloom. And be sure to visit the local bakery for amazing goods. This next city has come along way, originally a gang hot spot, they have really cleaned themselves up and got rid of all the riff Raff. Glenview Illinois. What a town, with homes being put up and stores moving in constantly this town is sure to climb the economic ladder. It has a old history with new heritage and where most go to be seen and be social. This town also has a water park for the kids which comes in handy on a hot day even for adults. As you may have noticed I have not listed any cities particularly close to Lake Michigan, well for the simple fact that they are not to safe. As the gang wars keep going the more territory they think they deserve and latley they have been fueding over lake front territory as well. It would be in the best interest to find a beach or pool to cool off with instead if walking into gang land. But to get the full Chicago feel drive through the city after dark and watch it light up like no other place could.