January 20, 2011

When Gangs Came to Uptown, or Uptown and Hollywood

Bill Matteson
Uptown Chicago History Correspondent

We always had a good time growing up in Uptown, hardly any problems, no gangs so to speak of. We all belonged to many groups but not one specific gang. I would hang out on Leland and Kenmore, sometimes at Wilson and Hazel, Clarendon field house, or with the group from the Arcadia Roller Rink. About 1949 / 50 a change started to take place in Uptown

I noticed that there were groups starting to call themselves gangs. A book came out called The Amboy Dukes by Irving Shulman [Ed. who wrote West Side Story]; it was about a gang in N.Y.C. We all read it and it wasn't a big deal until a movie came out called "City Across the River" (Tony Curtis' first role). Then all hell broke loose. Gangs were forming--zip guns, clubs, brass knuckles, blackjacks, and weapons of all kinds were appearing. Even my good buddy Howie made a zip gun that shot a .410 shell. Everyone was walking around trying to look cool and imitate Tony Curtis. We all got D.A. hair cuts (Duck's Ass or Duck Tail, however you remember it.) We started wearing clothes with strange names, One Button Roll, Pegs, Drapes, Outer Seams, Drop Loops, Box Cars, Slim Jims, and Mr B's. We developed a new way to walk, sort of a shuffle. We had to have our collar turned up at the back of the neck, and when we walked, we had to have our hands in our back pockets.

I think John Wayne copied from us.

We just all walked around looking cool and no one really got into any serious trouble.

Now if any one of our friends got into any difficulty with a rival group, we would mass together to meet the other group and usually end up with a lot of name calling. That was about it. Once we were going to fight some stupid group that came in wearing gang jackets. Our gang equipment was adhesive tape, which we put on our noses and backs so we could identify each other.

The Cops from Town Hall station got wind of this and came down hard on everyone that was there. We pulled all our tape off and walked quietly away and the stupid gang with matching jackets got beat and arrested by the cops.

Editor's Note: Bill Matteson is a regular correspondent for the Uptown Chicago History blog. Click the link below to read more of his stories of growing up in Uptown.


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Uptown Gang Sets ( & Rogers Park)(Cabrini Green Rivals)

Uptown Chicago Gang Sets
Latin Kings👑⭐

F.N.K (Foster Nation Kings)
👑⭐Insane Arkhos Flip City Kings👑⭐
Foster Ave/ Bryn Mawr &
Sheridan Rd/ Winthrop
-NEW  💲

Ridge/Glenwood & Clark St.
& Bryn Mawr Ave/ Victoria St
-Extinction 💲

👑⭐CA Kings shared W/ Almighty Latin Stones👑⭐
Pratt Blvd/Albion Ave
& Ashland Ave & Clark Street
       -Fully Active

Lawrence & Wilson
Clark/ Ravenswood
        -Fully Active

👑⭐RCST/Rosemont & Claremont St 👑⭐
👑⭐ The Holy Land/Mosque City & Christian Boys M.C.A.C.B😢👳🛐👑⭐
Devon & Granville
Oakley & Western
-Fully Active

Rogers Park

MunchieGang 🌮( 420 Hungry Clique🔱 Insane 22 Boys/Girls & New Breed Gangsters 3️⃣
Howard/ Rogers Ave- Paulina St/Sheridan

Renegade Insane Racine Boys✡️🚦
Howard St/Touhy - Paulina /Sheridan

🔱Insane 22 Boys/Girls
Howard St/ Rogers Ave- Clark St/ N Ridge Blvd

MunchieGang 🌮( 420 Hungry Clique) 🔱 Insane 22 Boys/Girls & New Breed Gangsters 3️⃣

Rogers Park- Evanston - Sheridan/Keeney St-Chicago Ave/Sheridan Square-
3️⃣ Boss King Cobras ✡️

✡️Lawrence Ave/Montrose Ave- Dover St/Clark St- Boss King Cobras/Latin Eagles✡️


🔼 ✊ Familia Stones🔼 ( Orange & Black)

🔼 ✊ Winona Familia Stones✊ 🔼
Argyle & Foster Ave
Winthrop/ N. Marine Dr (Margate Park,Uptown, Chicago,IL)

✊ East Pointe:
⭐ Holy Land/Mosque City & Christian Boys M.C.A.C.B😢👳🛐 ✊ 🔼
Devon & Granville
Levitt St & Bell Ave

🔼✊ BuckTown✊ 🔼 & Almighty Latin Stones
Devon & Albion Ave/ Ashland Ave & Clark St.
-Fully Active

🔼✊ D.M.O.H ✊ 🔼
Devon Money Over Howard
Pratt Blvd & Morse Ave
Sheridan Rd & Wayne Ave
-Fully Active

🔼A.B.M (Evanston)✊ 🔼

      Latin Eagles🦅🔯
Irving Park/ Lawrence & Clark/Ashland

  Gangster Disciples🔯🔱
Glenwood City
Pratt / N. Shore & Bosworth/Glenwood

DayDayWorld- GDN /Tribute Block

Almighty GayLords & Uptown Rebels
Montrose/Leland Ave & Broadway(Maybe EBK/THF)
- Extinction because of incarceration, rapes, racism,
& child abuse.

     New Gangs
➕⭐Almighty Bishops➕⭐
Sunnyside & Broadway (shared W/ Familia Stones)
Wilson & Kenmore /Ainslie & Kenmore

Lawrence & Argyle-Magnolia


Almighty Saints⭐🚭🚷

Party Players
Lawrence & Montrose
Clarendon/ Sheridan Rd.

Almighty Gaylords

Almighty Aztec Souls/Almighty East Side Souls Nation(A.E.S.S.N)
Touhy Ave & Pratt/ Clark & Ashland, Rogers Park🦅⭐(

Insane Arkhos Flip City Kings
Winnemac/Foster Ave
Broadway/Clark St .

&(Shared W/Almighty Latin Stones Nation)
[Oakley Hot Block(O.H.B)]
Howard/ Jarvis
Oakley & Claremont

Former Gangs 2010-2020
Hybrid Rap Gangs/Tribute Block R.I.P EBK/THF
& GloGang/ 4CGG

TBG "Lil Jay Rap Gang"
Montrose to Broadway/Sheridan

Lil4 Mobb( 4CGG, Lil Durk, Sicko Mobb, & Lud Foe)
Sunnyside & Wilson to Sheridan & Clarendon.

  Young Pappy was a Gangster Disciple rapper who passed away. Young Pappy was beloved all over Chicago, and many Folks still "bump" his music. Young Pappy  was a street dude that used rap to make his own  Hybrid -RapGang neighborhood. Young Pappy was his own chief , also Young Pappy's set P.B.G (Pooh Bear Gang in Rogers Park) was on infamous Morse & Ashland. Young Pappy's neighborhood grew as they combined sets to increase their territory. Young pappy hung with a few rappers:Bang Da Hitta, Pbg Spazz, Taysav, PBg Shawn, PBG Kemo, and Budouble. They Claimed LDubb/TFG, which extends from Leland Ave-Argyle & Clarendon Rd & Winthrop.


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