The Carleton of Oak Park
A casual stay among friendly Midwesterners.
This hotel originally opened in the 1920s and offers a glimpse into Oak Park’s rich history. The town is the childhood home of Ernest Hemingway, and other famous locals have included Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs and McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. Resident Frank Lloyd Wright contributed the design of 25 buildings to the area. Whether you’re stopping in for just a night or two, or are staying for an extended business trip, this hospitable venue will meet your needs. The property consists of a larger hotel and a smaller, attached motor inn. The owner frequents estate sales and auctions and individually decorates all of the rooms and suites with her purchases. Rooms at the inn are clean and include private baths. At the hotel, in-room kitchenettes accommodate long-term guests. Two on-site restaurants offer a choice of casual dining or upscale fare with live music.