Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MARKS & RECREATION: Gangs Tag Seawall At Rec Drive

Pitchforks and crowns. Hard to know which side is "up."
When two men were critically wounded in a gang-related shooting by the tennis courts at Addison and Lake Shore Drive last week, many people were surprised. Gang shootings?

Less than a week before that, another man was shot in a gang incident at Belmont and Sheffield. 

A van full of Latin Kings was shot at by rival gang members across from Wrigley Field in late May.

Inverted and "broken" 5-point crown with rival six-point star.
CWB has frequently mentioned that the area east of Lake Shore Drive at Addison (Recreation Drive) is a popular hangout for gang members. Acting on a tip from a reader this week, we learned just how popular it is.

Shown here are some of the gang markings that we found today. The symbols represent a handful of different gangs—and they are not all friends.

UPDATED: Since some readers seem to believe the six-pointed star is exclusively a symbol of Judaism, we offer a video primer.





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37 comments:

  1. Interesting and educational. Thank you.
    Just one nit to pick:
    Someone made a comment on Everyblock that posting pictures of gang tags only serves as an ego boost to the creators and encourages more of this.
    Did you report these to 311 / Graffiti busters?

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    1. We did. Case 14-01133509

      And we've found blog reading to be low on gang members' to-do lists.

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  2. But at the last CAPS meeting they said there was no gang activity in the neighborhood

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    1. LOL @ Michael!!! "They" have also said, at various meetings, that:
      (1.) Crime is down;
      (2.) Criminal acts are often merely our "perception," or that we only "perceive" crime to be up;
      (3.) There are no "clients" or "youth" at the CoH who are responsible for any criminal element in Boystown;
      (4.) There will be no loss of police forces after the merger of two districts;
      (5.) The churches, et al, who sponsor or house "social service" agencies are friends of the neighborhood and will abide by rules of common courtesy and decency;
      (6.) Crime is waaaaay down;
      (7.) The "alderman" for ward 44 is "looking into" [insert name of issue to "look into"];
      (8.) Each of us is "just one person";
      and lastly,
      (9.) "Shut up! Shut up!"
      Now THOSE are some of the choice items that "they" have said at CAPS meetings.

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  3. "These people don't respond well to rules."

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    1. Oh that one is a classic!

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  4. Besides the gang graffiti, there is lots of broken glass and other debris spread along the length of the seawall.

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  5. It about time they start treating these gangs as the terrorist groups they are. Start using the same tactics they did to bring down the NYC mafia.

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    1. What? Terrorist groups? Do you know what terrorists are?
      So you think the NYC Mafia is gone, too?
      Gangs come part and parcel with city life. Suburban life, too. Why wouldn't there be gangs?
      It is normal, completely expected, and par for the course for adolescents to be affiliated with gangs as their families are gang members, their schools are gang turf, their parks are contested gang territories, and broad swaths of the city are entirely gang controlled lock, stock, and barrel.
      Gangs at one time had a more visible presence in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park areas but they never were nor can they ever be eradicated.
      Just as the police comment dismissing gangs is unhelpful, comments such as yours are incredibly naive, uninformed, and not constructive.

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    2. And that acceptance and expectation is exactly why so many kids are shot dead in Chicago. Congratulations on being part of the problem.

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    3. I define a "terrorist" as anyone who uses the threat of violence to intimidate or coerce a population, who creates a state of fear and submission in a community, and who resists or breaks laws rules and regulations created by a reasonable government.

      Does that sound anything like the gangs taking over our neighborhood? Why shouldn't we call them terrorists? Do you really support their desire to have us submit to them over our elected government?

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    4. Doesn't make gangs acceptable and no the mafia isn't gone but they aren't killing like they used to.

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    5. Yeah, let's treat gangs as normal. /end sarcasm

      Seriously, we should start treating them as domestic terrorists since they essentially terrorize neighborhoods.

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    6. Gangs are often prosecuted using RICO statutes

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  6. Foot patrol time

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  7. Clearly this is not gang activity, per the CAPS meetings. My theory - readers of this blog must be impersonating gang members and vandalizing items with gang-like graffiti. Yes, that must be it.

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    1. I'm sure most of the blog readers don't even know what the symbols mean, much less be able to draw them accurately. Go troll another bridge.

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    2. Uh dude, that was sarcasm above....wowsers.

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    3. There is nothing worse in blog comments than trying to decipher the difference between a genuine comment and a sarcastic comment. If those who spend their lives spewing their sarcastic wit could try to control themselves when writing a comment, it would make for easier reading and comprehension by all of us.

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  8. Any idea what the screaming sirens and gunfire in this area around 11:30pm last night was about?

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  9. did you call 311 and report the gang graffiti - you might even want to contact the Chicago Park District (They usually get someone out there pretty quickly - from my own experiences when I have called about graffiti)

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    1. http://servicetracker.cityofchicago.org/requests/14-01133509

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  10. It was bad enough when these gangs were largely confined to limited territories, terrorizing their law-abiding neighbors, but their spread into other areas of the city where none of them reside is clearly a growing cause for concern. It is WAY past time for the city and the feds to go on a another gang-busting push -- after all, these gangs are, by definition, criminal enterprises. That's precisely what RICO is designed to address. It's way past time for this latest generation of emboldened punks to join their gang elders in Statesville.

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  11. "Since some readers seem to believe the six-pointed star is exclusively a symbol of Judaism...."

    Please move back to Ohio.

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    1. Who would be that stupid to think in an area full of gang signs that this one particular symbol out of them all is a religious one? For the record the quote, unquote Judaism symbol is the symbol of the gangster disciples.

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    2. Seriously. Welcome to a city. Nice to have you!

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  12. The local demorats all want no less than total disarmament of the public, all the while they (aldercreeps) can legally carry guns. They want to pass laws making it as difficult as possible for honest citizens to obtain proper gun training and practice where they live, to be able to protect oneself from the criminals they refuse to keep jailed. To top it off, they won't hire enough cops while blowing taxpayer money on bullshit like a stadium for De Paul or maggie daley park etc.

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    1. agree....................100 percent

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  13. Just found this site and I will become a regular visitor. We live on the edge of 19, not that close to the ballpark or the lake. But we're watching the situation closely.

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  14. Can we talk about why we have gangs in the first place?

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  15. Why the police don't bother to install cameras to monitor all activity in the area, I simply don't know.

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    1. http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/09/smile-robbery-near-mayor-house-in-view.html

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    2. Oh I get it, the police don't care. Well, how about asking the City to install gates in parking lots and on Montrose street that are locked after 11 pm? The scum ain't gonna ride their bikes or walk half a mile to get to the revetment.

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