Cheap Flights from Los Angeles International to Chicago

Flight information Los Angeles International to Chicago

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3h 44min

average flight time from Los Angeles International to Chicago, total distance 1727 miles


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4 airports

Chicago O'Hare International, Chicago Midway, Chicago Pal-Waukee and Chicago Rockford

No one who’s visited both cities will ever say that Los Angeles’ skyline is a match for Chicago’s. But Chicagoans don’t have the sight of the San Gabriel Mountains gilded with the late afternoon sun to take the edge off their rush-hour drive home. Their high places may be very different, but both these great cities have much to offer. Whether you’re headed to the Windy City for a visit or returning there after soaking up some Los Angeles sun, your trip will flow much more smoothly with these travel tips.

Airlines Flying from LAX to Chicago

With 7 airlines covering the 1740-mile flight route from LAX to Chicago, scheduling your flight won’t be a problem. Simply choose your destination airport -- O’Hare or Midway – and let Skyscanner’s search engine do the rest.

Airlines Servicing O’Hare (ORD)

With the exception of United, all these airlines arrive at O’Hare’s Terminal 3.

  • American departs from LAX Terminal 4 or 5, and arrives at Terminal 3
  • Virgin America departs from LAX Terminal 6 and arrives at Terminal 3
  • United Departs from LAX Terminal 7 or 8.
  • Spirit and Frontier depart from LAX Terminal 5.

Airlines Servicing Midway (MDW)

Southwest departs LAX from Terminal 1 and arrives at Midway’s Concourse A.

Taking Charge at LAX

Any multiple-terminal airport can be intimidating, and the 9 terminals at LAX would be the undoing of many a newcomer if it weren’t for the free A-Line shuttle buses that constantly travel the terminal loop’s lower level to transport passengers to their departure points. A shuttle arrives at each terminal every 12 to 15 minutes. Look for them stopped at the blue Shuttle and Shuttle connection signs.

If you’re not pressed for time and are light on luggage, a walkway runs between terminals 1 through 8, which are spaced about a 20-minute walk apart.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends arriving at the airport 3 hours in advance of your flight’s scheduled departure. Doing so gives you plenty of time to check in, get your boarding pass, get through security and find your gate. Skyscanner’s guide to current security regulations helps you avoid a delay at the security checkpoint.

Once you’ve cleared security, LAX has plenty of options to pass the time before boarding your flight. Have a farewell taste of fresh Mexican fare at Loteria!!! Grill, or indulge your more expensive yearnings at Petrossian’s Caviar and Champagne Bar. Select a custom box of See’s Chocolates for someone special in Chicago.

You’ll be spending about 4 hours in the air, so picking up some reading material to pass the time might be wise. Or just go to your departure gate, connect to the free Wi-Fi and relax until your flight is called.

ID Requirements

All travelers over the age of 18 flying on domestic flights in the U.S. must have a Federal- or state-issued photo ID with their name and an expiration date. A valid driver’s license, military ID or passport all qualify. So does any document on this TSA list.

After Arriving in Chicago

At O’Hare

Getting from O’Hare to your final Chicagoland destination is simple, thanks to O’Hare’s 24/7 Airport Transit System. It runs between all 4 terminals and ferries passengers to all the parking facilities and PACE bus stops. If you’d rather travel by taxi, fare from O’Hare to downtown Chicago typically costs $40, before the tip.

At Midway

Midway’s single terminal is divided into Concourses A, B, and C. The Southwest flight from LAX arrives at Concourse B, and a free shuttle operating 24/7 runs between the terminal’s exit and the parking lots.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line Train runs from the Airport Station to downtown Chicago’s Harold Washington Library, A one-way ticket costs $2.25. Taxi service from the Midway terminal to downtown costs about $30 before the tip.

Making the Adjustments

As a Central Time Zone city, Chicago is 2 hours ahead of LA. Both cities are known for their winds – Chicago’s from Lake Michigan and LA’s El Nino from the inland deserts – but their weather similarities end there.

Chicago has four seasons. Summers are humid, with highs averaging in the mid-80. Winter temperatures have been known to vary 50 degrees in a single week. LA shares the Windy City’s summertime temps minus the humidity, and basks in winter days that average 68F.

Tip: When it comes to the cost of eating out, LA and Chicago are more alike than different. Expect a 3-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant to cost about $60 in both. Where taxis are concerned, Chicago gets the nod with fares averaging about 18 percent less.

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