Chicago overall isn't really the issue either, it's just a part of Chicago.
If you look at only intentional murders, the US averages 3.9 murders per 100,000 people, Germany averages about 0.9 per 100,000, roughly 12,250 in the US per year vs. 716 in Germany per year. There were more murders in Chicago last year than in all of Germany for the same period. The "No Go" zones in Europe are overblown, roughly the equivalant of walking through a slum or ghetto in the US but generally with fewer muggings.
Chicago's murder rate is 15.65 per 100,000. My city is roughly 11.5, Los Angeles is currently at 6 per 100,000 down from 35.2 per 100,000 in 1980.
New Orleans had a murder rate of 57.6 per 100,000 recently. St. Louis and Detroit's murder rates are 50 per 100,000. Baltimore is at 49 per 100,000.
People like to focus on Chicago since it's a "no gun zone" and the sheer overall numbers, but of course that's like living in a dry county and being able to drive 10 minutes to buy beer in the neighboring county. Kinda pointless.
I knew if I just kept reading the posts that somebody would finally say something intellectual and right on point, and ultimately what you said is correct.