I don’t know who does Berwn’s publicity, but for the second time in a couple of months, it’s the subject of a big flattering piece in the Chicago Tribune. The most recent was in Friday’s paper. Those of us who live in Oak Park south of the Eisenhower are sometimes said to live in South Berwyn by our snooty neighbors to the north.

Whatever. In both of the two articles, Berwyn comes across as a less expensive suburb than Oak Park, but with restaurants, arts and gays— like Oak Park. It’s the ultimate win-win. Residents of Berwyn think they are moving up in the suburb pecking order, and Oak Parkers feel superior because another suburb aspires to be like them..

It kind of reminds me of when I went to Vanderbilt in the late 60’s. We referred to Vandy as “The Harvard of the South”. It was never entirely clear whether the designation was ironic or boastful.

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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