Cheap Flights from Chicago to Los Angeles International
Flight information Chicago to Los Angeles International
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Chicago and Los Angeles are two cities in very different settings – Chicago’s skyline seems to rise out of the glittering waters of Lake Michigan, and LA floats between the Pacific Ocean and the purple shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains. Whether you’re going on a sunny vacation, or returning home these, travel tips will help ensure that your flight from Chicago to Los Angeles is worry-free.
Airport and Airline options
The flight time between Chicago and L.A. is roughly 4 hours and 35 minutes if you’re flying direct. Both Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway airports host direct flights to L.A. through a range of airlines. Southwest Airlines fly out of Midway, while United, American, Spirit, Frontier and Virgin America fly from Chicago O’Hare. Do be aware that most U.S. airlines do not include a meal service on flights within the continental U.S., although food is usually available for purchase on board. Since this flight time is relatively long, make sure to check with your airline and plan ahead so that you have plenty of refreshments on the flight.
When you’re heading to Chicago O’Hare, there are a range of transport options to get to the airport on time – if you’re driving, you can be dropped off either at the curbside of your terminal, or at the “Kiss ‘n Fly” drop-off area, which allows you to avoid traffic congestion and take the airport’s provided shuttle direct to your terminal. You can also drive straight to your terminal curb for drop-off at Chicago Midway, or why not take the train or bus to either airport, and then you can sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving. For more information, check out our information pages on Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway airport.
Once you’re inside your airport in Chicago, you’ll find a range of restaurants and retail services available for your enjoyment. One notable feature of both airports is their free yoga rooms, where travelers to any destination can relax and de-stress before their flight. Chicago O’Hare also features a number of art installations, as well as their famous dinosaur skeleton in amongst the shops, so make sure to have a look around if you have some time to spare – you never know what you might find!
Once you arrive in LA, you’ll find that all the terminals are interconnected. However, while you could walk, the airport is very large, so buses are provided to take you from terminal to terminal as well as to the remote parking lots. Restaurants and shops are available wherever you land, so if you need to refill you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Signs will direct you to the baggage claim area on the lower floor.
Time Zone and Climate
L.A. is in the Pacific Time Zone, putting it two hours behind Chicago. The climates of the two cities are quite different. While Chicago has four distinct seasons, L.A. is warm and mild all year round. In summer it averages in the low to mid 80s, similarly to Chicago, but in winter, temperatures remain comparatively comfortable from a Midwest standpoint, with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 40s. Rain is uncommon, so expect clear skies year round!
You will need to show a government issued photo ID in order to board your flight. Since the Chicago to L.A. route is within the US, a driver’s license will be accepted as well as a passport, but if you’re travelling on to another country after your stay in L.A., make sure you have your passport with you. For more information on security and options for alternate ID, please refer to guidelines on the Official TSA webpage.
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