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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 33 hours 28 minutes.

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).

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).

Airport information


A 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

B 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

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.

Time Difference

Los Angeles, CA

 PST

Chicago, IL

 CST

Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 196 kg (433 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Los Angeles (LAX) → Chicago (MDW).

Distance:
1750
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
1750

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