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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 35 hours 35 minutes.

Chicago – Los Angeles

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1750
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2817
Kilometers
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1521
Nautical miles

How far is Los Angeles from Chicago?

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 Chicago Midway International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport is 3 hours 48 minutes.

Time difference

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

On average flying from Chicago to Los Angeles 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 Chicago to Los Angeles

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

Airport information

Origin 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
Destination 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

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

AirTran Airways
Southwest Airlines