After the Fenger High School mob violence everyone was talking about The 'Ville, a part of Roseland that wasn't on any map I could find and wasn't familiar to any Chicago experts I could get to respond (Where's The 'Ville?). Eventually I read that it was 111th Street
Now there's Terror Town, another informal neighborhood name that's come up in the press because of a recent drug arrest.
At least Terror Town has some printed coordinates: 75th and 79th avenues and Yates and Colfax streets. There's even useful signage to let you know when you're close, courtesy of Chi_Martin. There's even a book set there.
This reminds me that there are lots of neighborhood names that aren't on the official list (and aren't the creations of realtors). Boystown, where I grew up, was just the Near North Side or maybe Lakeview when I was a kid. (No one called it Wrigleyville until long after I left for college, BTW.)
I'm guessing there are lots more. Are there any unofficial neighborhood names where you live or work?
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