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by Wildcat Dianne
January 28, 2007
Hotels in Chicago can be quite expensive for one on a strict travel budget. Someone from IgoUgo recommended that we stay in Oak Park, which is about 10 miles west of Chicago in order to save money, and about the only hotel that fit my budget was The Write Inn, which is located on Oak Park's main drag, Oak Park Avenue.
I spent 4 nights at The Write Inn, and I must say I was pretty happy with the accommodations. I shared my room with another IgoUgo traveler to save costs even more, and the fourth floor suite suited my needs perfectly with two separate rooms and a shared bathroom. The rooms were nice and clean with a Murphy bed in one room, and my room had a nice bed with a TV, armoire, and bureau for putting my clothes in, and a nice view of Oak Park Avenue and the condo building across the way. My matress was a little soft for my liking but comfortable, and the old windows were hard to open when I wanted some fresh air (thank God for all of that heavy lifting I do at work!). No worries! I was just there to sleep and shower, and I don't need the Plaza on my trips.
The Write Inn is located a short walking distance to several restaurants and shops in the downtown, and they have a nice little restaurant called Hemmingway's in the Write Inn. I had breakfast in there one morning, and the prices were reasonable, and the food was good, but I would recommend going outside the hotel for most meals in order to save money.
The architecture dates from the 1930s and 1940s, and it is like going back in time when you step into the lobby. While waiting to go out, I would sit in the lobby and read the paper. One night, the manager came in with his English Bulldog, Thor, and I was happy to play with the funny looking and lovable pooch for a while.
The Write Inn is easily accessible to O'Hare Airport, and Village Cab can pick you up or drop you off at the hotel. The El station is a short walk away and can get you to Chicago in a half hour. Prices range from $75 for a single room to $160 per night and up for a suite. I highly recommend it for one on a budget and for one like me who likes peace and quiet.
From journal An Architectural and Historical Adventure in Oak Park