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Chicago to Phoenix

  • $204 was the cheapest return price from Chicago to Phoenix last month
  • Phoenix is served by 2 airports. These are Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Phoenix Sky Harbor.
  • The average flight time from Chicago to Phoenix is 2h 38min
  • Chicago to Phoenix is 1,427 miles
  • There are 145 flights a week from Chicago to Phoenix
  • 6 airlines fly direct from Chicago to Phoenix
  • The most popular airline flying from Chicago to Phoenix last month was Southwest Airlines

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The cross-country trip from Chicago’s iconic skylines to the desert beauties of Phoenix will bring you across more than 1,700 miles of America’s heartland. If you catch a direct flight, you’ll spend an average of three and a half hours in the air.


US Airways offers the most nonstop flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX), but American and United Airlines also operate full weekly direct schedules on this route. If you prefer to travel from Chicago Midway (MDW), you can choose from the more than 45 direct flights operated by Southwest.


Making your way to Chicago’s airports

Chicago O’Hare is the city’s biggest and busiest airport. It has one of the highest passenger volumes in the world, and its gates are scattered throughout four gigantic terminals. Travel veterans suggest that you give yourself a two-hour cushion for even domestic flights in case you encounter a large security line or an unexpectedly long walk.


Public transit is actually the easiest way to get to the airport. The CTA Blue Line train runs 24-7, every 15 minutes, between the Loop and O’Hare’s main parking garage, and the trip only takes about half an hour.


Chicago Midway is popular with travelers who want to avoid the crowds at O’Hare, and can often be a good choice for people who are trying to save money. The single terminal airport is easy to get around, and it’s also closer to downtown, just 8 miles away.


Public transportation is a good option for Midway as well. You’ll want to catch the CTA Orange Line, which also runs 24/7 and will get you from the Loop to MDW in about 25 minutes. Keep in mind that the airport stop on this route is about a 10-15 minute walk from the terminal, through a tunnel.


Arriving in Phoenix

The scale of Phoenix is unsettling to newcomers: the economic boom of recent years has turned it into a sprawling behemoth. Getting around with ease requires a car, but once you know where you’re going, you’ll find the 516 square miles of the city contain endless great experiences.


You can climb mountain ranges within the city limits (just bring sunscreen, water, and a sharp eye for desert critters) or indulge yourself at one of the city’s many luxurious shopping malls. A few hours at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park will give you a deep appreciation of the history of this place. There’s an incredible collection of Native art at the Heard Museum, and modern art and culture is celebrated at the Phoenix Art Museum.


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