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Hyde Park Snobs vs. North Shore Snobs, The Rematch

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    NEWSLETTERS

    After Ward Room published an article comparing Hyde Park’s snobbery to the North Shore’s snobbery, an amused North Shore reader wrote in with some suggestions of his own. Because nothing is more fun than making fun of people who take themselves too seriously, here’s another list of differences between Hyde Park and the North Shore.

    Be careful who you share this with, though. One of Rod Blagojevich’s associates once said, “There are two places that you don’t want to be from if you wanted to curry favor with Rod Blagojevich—the North Shore or Hyde Park. He despised people from either place.” Look where it got him.

    IMMIGRANTS
    North Shore: Mexican landscapers
    Hyde Park: Indian grad students

    SIGNS OF INFERIOR EDUCATION
    North Shore: Any state school, especially if includes a direction. (The University of Michigan is OK, as long as it was your Ivy League fallback.)
    Hyde Park: Any school but U of C or Harvard.

    SPORT CHILDREN PLAY TO INCREASE CHANCE OF ELITE COLLEGE ADMISSION
    North Shore: Lacrosse
    Hyde Park: Chess

    BEST USE OF A LAW DEGREE
    North Shore: Joining Sidley & Austin, getting rich.
    Hyde Park: Joining U of C Law faculty, writing Harvard Law Review article defending the right of Sidley & Austin clients to get rich.

    BEST JOKE
    North Shore: “How does a WASP propose marriage? ‘How would you like to be buried with my people?’”
    Hyde Park: “‘How many U of C students does it take to change a light bulb?’ ‘Quiet! I’m trying to study in the dark!’”

    SUMMER FOREIGN TRIP
    North Shore: Israel, Thailand Hyde Park: Architectural dig in Uzbekistan, sponsored by Oriental Institute

    ACADEMIC SERIOUSNESS PROVED BY ATHLETIC INEPTITUDE

    North Shore: Northwestern finishing last in Big Ten

    Hyde Park: U of C dropping out of Big Ten

    WANNABE NEIGHBORING AREA
    North Shore: Deerfield, Northbrook, Lake Bluff
    Hyde Park: Once you see a Shark’s Fish & Chicken, you’ll know you’re there.

    ULTIMATE STATUS SYMBOL
    North Shore: Lakefront mansion
    Hyde Park: Nobel Prize

    UNACCEPTABLE SUITOR FOR YOUR DAUGHTER

    North Shore: Guy with a Camaro
    Hyde Park: Guy with a bachelor’s degree

    BASEBALL TEAM

    North Shore: Cubs
    Hyde Park: White Sox

    PLAN TO GET YOUR KID BETTER SAT SCORES

    North Shore: Pay psychiatrist to diagnose him as learning disabled so he gets extended time.
    Hyde Park: Museum Sundays

    EMBARRASSING OBAMA FRIEND
    North Shore: Tony Rezko
    Hyde Park: Bill Ayers

    EMBARRASSING RESIDENT(S)
    North Shore: Mr. T
    Hyde Park: Leopold and Loeb

    EMBARRASSING POLITICIAN

    North Shore: Donald Rumsfeld
    Hyde Park: Carol Moseley Braun

    CAR
    North Shore: Protestants: Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar; Catholics: Any foreign car not from England; Jews: Any foreign car not from an Axis country.
    Hyde Park: Volvo

    RELIGION
    North Shore: Episcopalian (see, Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth)
    Hyde Park: Unitarian (see, Meadville Lombard Theological School, South Woodlawn Avenue)

    PECULIAR JEWISH TRADITION
    North Shore: Black Tie Bar Mitzvah
    Hyde Park: Latke vs. Hamentashen debate

    SIGNATURE MOVIES
    North Shore: Ordinary People, Risky Business
    Hyde Park: Anything foreign

    FORMER LOCAL CONGRESSMAN WHO SERVED AS OBAMA MENTOR

    North Shore: Abner Mikva
    Hyde Park: Abner Mikva 

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