Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DANGER ZONES: The Most Dangerous Streets In Wrigleyville and Boystown

Where are you most likely to be robbed in Wrigleyville and Boystown?

CWB collected Chicago Police Department reports and crunched the numbers.

One quick note before we get to the Most Dangerous Streets list. Robberies occurring on CTA platforms and in CTA stations are included in our totals. However, we have removed robberies that occurred on moving trains and were then reported at a station.

And, to see how these Wrigleyville and Boystown streets rank citywide, check out our follow-up report, "Facts: Occasionally Inconvenient."

Now, here they are. The most dangerous streets in Wrigleyville and Boystown last year:

Wrigleyville and Boystown's most robbery plagued streets in 2012. (Image: Google)
#1 (tie) Sheffield Ave between Belmont and School St (9 robberies)
#1 (tie) Clark St between Cornelia Ave and Addison St (9 robberies)
#3 (tie) Belmont Ave between Clark St and Sheffield Ave (8 robberies)
#3 (tie) Halsted St between Roscoe St and Cornelia Ave (8 robberies)
#5 (tie) Halsted St between Aldine Ave and Roscoe St (7 robberies)
#5 (tie) Roscoe St between Halsted St and Clark St (7 robberies)

....For comparison, here are the most dangerous streets in the first half of 2013:

This year's most robbery prone streets in Wrigleyville and Boystown. (Image: Google)
#1 Belmont Ave between Clark St and Sheffield Ave (5 robberies)
#2 (tie) Pine Grove Ave between Cornelia Ave and Addison St (4 robberies)
#2 (tie) Halsted St between Roscoe St and Cornelia Ave (4 robberies)
#2 (tie) Aldine Ave between Halsted St and Broadway (4 robberies)
#2 (tie) Clark St between Aldine Ave/School St and Cornelia Ave (3 robberies)

By the way, what's going on in the 3500 block of N. Pine Grove Ave?

That short stretch of quiet side street just east of Broadway between Addison and Cornelia has been the scene of four robberies so far in 2013. Amazingly, there have only been 10 robberies on that block since 2001 and  four occurred this year!

Two of the Pine Grove robberies were covered here. One on May 3rd, the other on May 15. The victims gave completely different descriptions of their attackers.

So, is this spike simply a fluke or is Pine Grove being targeted? Time will tell.

UPDATE 28 MAY 2013: Corrected 2012 map. The original image contained an error.


  1. Great analysis!! Very helpful and informative!!

  2. Pine Grove near Addison gets mentioned online for drugscrime/. There's obviously a demand.

  3. Methinks Aldine is the worst among 3 adjacent/parallel streets since it is one-way eastbound, the others westbound, and that is where the gangs come in from the west side.