It's hard for many people to believe an American city could be an all-out war zone, but if you live in Chicago than you know first hand that seeing truly is believing.
With over two months left in the year, Chicago already has over 400 murders,, meaning more people lost their lives there than the number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year.
ABC Nightline paid a visit to the city for a segment titled: “Hidden America: Inside Chicago’s Gang War.”
They spoke to people who have lost loved ones and also to the gang members who are involved in the ongoing war.
Rivals are put together inside a meeting to discuss the violence and why the cycle seems to be never-ending.
Organizers get gang members to pick up a basketball instead of a gun, and a friendly game is held and attended by NBA star Joakim Noah as well as former great Isiah Thomas.
Also featured in the segment was none other than Chicago rapper Chief Keef, whose career has been shadowed by violence and speculation since bursting on the scene with his smash hit ''I Don't Like''. Keef's appearance can be seen at around the 6:00 mark.