Historic charm, unique architecture and a diverse range of attractions make Oak Park one of the best places near Chicago to visit. In the heart of it all, just steps from top restaurants and shopping, The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel offers business and leisure guests the warm, friendly service only an independent family-owned hotel can provide.
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.
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.
Located in a beautifully restored historic building, The Carleton blends timeless grace and elegance with contemporary décor and sophistication. For over 80 years, we’re been Oak Park’s premier hotel, beloved by generations of travelers. Why not come add your name to our guest list?
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.