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

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

Driving distance from Chicago (MDW) to Los Angeles (LAX) is 2029 miles / 3265 kilometers and travel time by car is about 33 hours 27 minutes.

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

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

How far is Los Angeles from Chicago?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Chicago and Los Angeles. 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 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

B 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

Time difference and current local times

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

Time Difference

Chicago, IL

 CDT

Los Angeles, CA

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Carbon dioxide emissions

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

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Chicago (MDW) → Los Angeles (LAX).

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

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
1750

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