Chiraq is a slang term meaning Chicago. The word is a combination of Chicago(Chi) and Iraq(raq). The reason Chicago is often to refer to it is due to its extreme number of homicides and violent crimes. Many people compare Chicago to a battlefield, hence its comparison to Iraq, a country currently at war. It is merely one that tries to shine light on the violence plaguing Chicago. Between 2003 and 2011 Chicago had 4,265 murders.