The Carleton of Oak Park

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Whether you're visiting the Chicago area for business or pleasure, The Carleton of Oak Park offers gracious accommodations in the Oak Park tradition. Our hotel is nestled in a residential historic district and within walking distance of downtown Oak Park. The Carleton, has been providing area visitors with exceptional service for over eighty years. Our boutique hotel is a local landmark and the destination of choice for thousands of visitors who travel near and to Chicago. The Carleton, with its beautifully appointed guest rooms, is the perfect hotel for romantic getaways, a long-awaited vacation or corporate retreats. Local attractions, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Home & Studio and Hemingway's Birth House are within several blocks of the hotel. Downtown Chicago is just 10 miles away and conveniently accessible via train. The CTA and Metra Train Stations are located one block from the hotel. 

The Carleton hotel is also the perfect venue for weddings, social events and corporate meetings. Over 6,000 square feet of event space, four unique function rooms along with our professional staff, will make your event a success.

For dining, the Carleton offers several options. Barclay's American Grille, newly opened in November 2009, serves classic American cuisine "with a twist". Barclay's opens daily at 5:00PM. Also located off the main lobby is Poor Phil's Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Guests enjoy modern amenities and rich history when staying at the Carleton of Oak Park. All of our 153 spacious guest rooms and suites are tastefully appointed with all the comforts of home. 

Built in 1928, the Carleton of Oak Park was billed as the Village's high class hotel. Originally a residential hotel, the rooms were built and designed to have a feeling of home with special attention to amenities.

The Carleton Hotel's name came about through a contest where the winner won $100, changing it from its original name of the Hotel Gowdy, named after its first general manager. Today the Carleton is considered a boutique style hotel and a haven for discerning Chicagoans and visiting guests who appreciate the hotel's historic charm, sophisticated hospitality and close proximity to downtown Chicago.
In May of 2000 the Carleton has expanded to the adjacent building, formally the Plaza Hotel. The Plaza was originally built in 1892 for the Columbian Exposition. The Carleton has capitalized on its beauty and historical nature by keeping the design elegant and showing its 1890's classic charm. Now, over a century later, within the original walls of this historic building, the Carleton is proud to showcase the Grand Ballroom and 42 additional hotel rooms.

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