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Cheap flights from Chicago to Houston

Chicago to Houston

  • $89 was the cheapest return price from Chicago to Houston last month
  • Houston is served by 2 airports. These are Houston Hobby, Houston George Bush Intercntl..
  • The average flight time from Chicago to Houston is 2h 35min
  • There are 173 flights a week from Chicago to Houston
  • 5 airlines fly direct from Chicago to Houston
  • Chicago to Houston is 930 miles
  • The most popular airline flying from Chicago to Houston last month was United

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The trip from the Windy City to the largest city in Texas will take you from the shores of the Great Lakes to the depths of the southwestern desert lands. You’ll need to fly 940 miles to get from Chicago to Houston, and the average direct flight will get you there in around two hours and forty minutes.


Because both Chicago and Houston have multiple airports, you have several options. When you’re looking for a nonstop flight, you’ll have the most choice when flying from one big airport to the next, from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH.) American, Spirit, and United airlines all have non-stop services on this route: United alone offers up to a dozen flights a day. If small airports are more your thing, you can take Southwest from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU.)


Making your way to Chicago’s airports

Chicago O’Hare is huge, busy, and occasionally chaotic. There are four terminals, designated 1, 2, 3, and 5. If you’d like to take public transit to O’Hare, you can hop on the direct rail link between The Loop and the airport. Take the CTA Blue Line, which runs every 15 minutes. It’s a 24/7 service and the fare only costs $2.50. At 35 minutes, this trip is often quicker than traveling through rush hour traffic.


Chicago Midway Airport is much smaller and more laid back, with only one terminal to deal with. You can also take public transportation to MDW. It’s the CRA Orange Line in this case, which will get you from The Loop to Midway in less than half an hour. Just be aware that there’s a tunnel to traverse between the stop and the terminal, so add 10 to 15 minutes to your travel time to account for that walk.


Arriving in Houston

The historic wealth of Houston is still very much apparent throughout the city, which is a shopping wonderland full of the world’s biggest brands and fancy independent boutiques in the Westheimer and Dunlavy district.


Houston also boasts a theater scene to rival Broadway, a fine symphony, opera, and ballet, and world-class museums and galleries. Anyone with the least interest in art should visit the Museum of Fine Art, which has one of the country’s finest collections and plays hosts to blockbuster visiting exhibits.


Once you’ve had enough glitter and sophistication, get back to nature at Houston’s Audubon Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. There are 17.5 acres of peace, quiet, and protected landscape. Naturally, anyone with a taste for space also needs to visit the NASA Space Center.


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