Where to Stay, What to Do in Oak Park, Ill.
Travel writer Laura Stassi Jeffrey recently spent time in Oak Park, Ill. Here's her reporter's notebook.
Nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Chicago's O'Hare are less than $200 round trip. Nonstops out of Reagan National to O'Hare start at $225. From either O'Hare or Midway, Oak Park is accessible on the CTA Green Line, but travelers must first take a train from the airport to the Loop and then transfer. The trip costs just $2.25, but it takes about an hour. I took a cab for about $28.
WHERE TO STAY
The Carleton Hotel and Motor Inn (1110 Pleasant St., 708-848-5000, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Maybe it's not too tricky to get Mexican food right, but what other eatery besides Lalo's (804 S. Oak Park Ave., 708-386-3386) offers that plus spontaneous karaoke and dancing? Prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere was festive. For other ethnic fare, try Mama Thai (1112 Madison St., 708-386-0100) or Maya Del Sol (144 S. Oak Park Ave., 708-358-9800). Other options include Puree's Pizza (1023 Lake St., 708-386-4949) and that Chicago-area staple, Giordano's (1115 W. Chicago Ave., 708-386-2223).
WHAT TO DO
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (951 Chicago Ave., http:/
The Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum (339 N. Oak Park Ave. and 200 N. Oak Park Ave., 708-848-2222, http:/
Barbara's Bookstore (1100 Lake St., 708-848-9140, http:/
FLYING TIME About 2 hours COST $433 Flight: $225 Taxi: $28 Lodging: $180