Jaylene Bermeo was wounded in a drive-by shooting while playing outside in the 2100-block of North Bingham Street. Witnesses said the shooting occurred near a house with a history of problems.
She was listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital Thursday after being shot in the chest. On Thursday, hospital officials said she is expected to survive.
"She is in good condition and good spirits today. She has a long but promising road to recovery ahead of her. We hope to discharge her in a few days," said Dr. Yomi Akintorin.
A bullet was lodged near her heart; she is recovering from a punctured lung.
Late Wednesday night, police charged a 17-year-old boy who investigators say drove the getaway car after the shooting.
Police did not release the teen suspect's name because he is a juvenile. He was charged with felony aggravated battery.
Police say as the teen drove, a fellow gang member fired at the rival gang member's home as Jaylene played with sidewalk chalk with siblings and cousins. Police believe there were two other people in the car with the suspect.
"Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as Jaylene recovers," the Bermeo family said in a statement Thursday. "We truly appreciate the support our family has received during this difficult time. Please keep the prayers coming for Jaylene's full recovery so she can get back to the dance classes she loves so much."
Jaylene was supposed to dance in a recital this weekend.