Chicago Gangs

Over the last hundred years, the tough streets of Chicago has produced some of the most notorious gangsters in American History.

Chicago Gangs in 2019

Today, the Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, and Latin Kings street gangs are operating in Chicago’s South and West Sides.

In Chicago, the Gangster Disciples have an ongoing rivalry with the Black Disciples. Drill Rappers Chief Keef, Fredo Santana, and Lil Durk are members of the Black Disciples.

Rapper Fredo Santana showing gang signs.
Rapper Fredo Santana showing gang signs.
  • Black Disciples
  • Black P Stones
  • Gangster Disciples
  • Latin Kings
  • Vicelords
Chicago Gangs - There are 59 Active Gangs in Chicago.
Chicago gangs – There are 59 Active Gangs in Chicago.

Al Capone’s Chicago Outfit

Al Capone, also known as “Scarface” was the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. In 1923, Capone purchased a small house at 7244 South Prairie Avenue, in the Park Manor neighborhood on the city’s south side for $5,500.

Al Capone Chicago Reward.

Al Capone’s Home in Chicago

Al Capone's house in Chicago.
Al Capone’s house in Chicago.

Currently, the most popular gangs in Chicago are the Black Disciples and the Gangster Disciples. The Black Disciples were founded in 1958 by David Barksdale in Englewood, South Side, Chicago.

Black Disciples

The Black Disciples (BDs) are the Chicago “folks” gang that gained international notoriety in 1994 by executing its eleven-year-old member “Yummy“.

Unfortunately, The Black Disciples are currently active in Chicago, contributing to the horrible gun violence seen on the South and West sides of the city.

  • Colors – Red, Black, Gold and Green.
  • Founder – David Barksdale.

David Barksdale

David Barksdale - Founder of the Black Disciples.
David Barksdale – Founder of the Black Disciples.

Gangster Disciples

The Gangster Disciples was formed in the Southside of Chicago in the late 1960s, by Larry Hoover. Larry Hoover became the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, which merged with a rival gang to become the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.

Larry Hoover

As the founder, Larry Hoover, became the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, which merged with a rival gang to become the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.

The predominant symbol of this criminal gang is the six-pointed Star of David.

Gangster Disciples Logo.
Gangster Disciples Logo.

Latin Kings

The Latin Kings members are mostly Latin or Hispanic, although some white and black members are still sometimes accepted.

Latin Kings.
Latin Kings.

Furthermore, the Chicago faction of the Latin Kings is known as the largest Hispanic street gang in the United States, and one of the largest Chicago-based street gangs.


Black P Stones

The Almighty Black P. Stone Nation, or BPSN, is an American street gang founded in Chicago, is estimated to have more than 100,000 members.

Black P Stones.