According to sites that use real statistics, Chicago has a Crime Index of 8 on a scale where 100 is safest (http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime/#.UN3hi6zNl8E). The violent crime rate in Chicago is 10.3 per 1,000 residents compared to a national median of 3.9. Chicago may not make the Top Ten, but it has many areas where only a fool would stroll unarmed. Maybe you'd like to conduct an on-site experiment? I'll bring my Glock 30 - you bring a butter knife.