The Ramada has different options for pricing and they give a graduation rate - I got the Concierge Room because I wanted to make sure that I had a refrigerator / microwave so it was $79 a night. I also chose the Ramada because one of the Meet & Greet is being held there and the have a shuttle to the base for PIR.
I am also driving to Chicago - I rented a car and I am leaving on Wednesday from Texas and driving home on Sunday. I decided it would be cheaper than flying!
Yes, I am driving - my sister is going with me but it is easier than flying!
I am so glad to hear that you received a letter...my daughter has not written! Maybe soon!