We've stayed at Longwell Hall 3 or 4 times over the last few years and have always enjoyed our stay. We stayed in March so we could go see Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! in Chicago. We stayed in July so we could go to Ravinia to see Prairie Home Companion. Each stay was very nice. The place is clean and attractive, a lovely old home. There is a great porch that looks out over the front yard with access from two of the bedrooms. In July it was great. We got to see Oak Park's fireworks and just had a great time.
The breakfasts are perhaps the weakest link but they're acceptable. We've met a variety of people there from several different countries.
Neil is friendly and helpful but not hovering. He makes you feel that the whole house is yours to enjoy. Oak Park has a lot of great places to eat and shop and it's easy to get to Chicago from there via the L.