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Distance between Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Chicago, IL (MDW)

Flight distance from Los Angeles to Chicago (Los Angeles International Airport – Chicago Midway International Airport) is 1750 miles / 2817 kilometers / 1521 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 3 hours 48 minutes.

Driving distance from Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (MDW) is 2029 miles / 3265 kilometers and travel time by car is about 35 hours 36 minutes.

Los Angeles – Chicago

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1750
Miles
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2817
Kilometers
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1521
Nautical miles

How far is Chicago from Los Angeles?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Los Angeles and Chicago. Here are two common methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1750.465 miles
  • 2817.100 kilometers
  • 1521.112 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth’s surface, using an ellipsoidal model of the earth.

Haversine formula
  • 1747.008 miles
  • 2811.537 kilometers
  • 1518.109 nautical miles

The haversine formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points assuming a spherical earth (great-circle distance – the shortest distance between two points).

Flight Duration

Estimated flight time from Los Angeles to Chicago is 3 hours 48 minutes.

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between Los Angeles and Chicago is 2 hours. Chicago is 2 hours ahead of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles time to Chicago time converter

Time in Los Angeles: 00:00 ⇆ Time in Chicago: 00:00

Current local times

Los Angeles, CA

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Chicago, IL

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Carbon dioxide emissions

On average flying from Los Angeles to Chicago generates about 196 kg of CO2 per passenger, 196 kilograms is equal to 433 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Los Angeles to Chicago

Shortest flight path between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

Airport information

Origin Los Angeles International Airport
City: Los Angeles, CA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: LAX
ICAO Code: KLAX
Coordinates: 33°56′33″N, 118°24′28″W
Destination Chicago Midway International Airport
City: Chicago, IL
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: MDW
ICAO Code: KMDW
Coordinates: 41°47′9″N, 87°45′8″W

Airlines flying from Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (MDW)

AirTran Airways
Southwest Airlines