I ve lived in Clearing my whole childhood, lived in a ton of other Chicago city neighborhoods during college and following, but have now moved back to the old neighborhood. Crime and safety is always an issue. You have to look out for yourself, especially if you are a single woman, no matter what Chicago neighborhood you live in. Certain surrounding areas of Midway are higher crime than others. Shootings don t happen in Clearing, but do in other Midway areas nearby. Clearing is known for pedophilia as well as rape and violation of women crimes. I have experienced this first hand. The only kinds of other crimes I ve witnessed in this neighborhood are beatings. Like, if a man beats his wife or girlfriend, or if two guys brawl outside of a bar. Not much gang activity here, unless it trickles in from other nearby neighborhoods. Occasionally we get graffiti on the buildings, which our alderman promptly removes within days or a week. Most people in Clearing have signs in their windows that say, "We call police" and, the residents definitely do. There is a low tolerance for crap in this neighborhood, when it comes to gang/drug activity/violence and other such nonsense. Aside from crime, there is great pollution and noise in Clearing. Most people would not tolerate living so close to the airport that you can see the take off runway from your house or apartment window. The Clearing neighborhood is quite underdeveloped, with family owned businesses, and most residents like it just the way it is. Lots of people are poor in this neighborhood and the area does not provide everything you need. If you need entertainment/recreation, job opportunities, variety of food options, hospital care, or music, flower, and ice cream shops, you have to venture out to other areas. This is a very vacant neighborhood, with a lot of abandoned business buildings. Clearing does not host parades, or any community events, aside from neighborhood watch meetings, which are usually about aircraft noise reduction for the residents, public transportation availability, as well as other community concerns. Good, very basic, and hard-working people tend to live in Clearing. More recently (it s 2015), new residents of the area have begun to litter on the streets, but the people who ve lived in Clearing for many years are trying to nip that. We do not want our streets dressed in garbage. Gage Park is an area I can speak on, as I spent a great deal of time in that neighborhood as a teen. It s not safe and crime is fairly high in Gage Park, the streets are just dirty.