The flight time from Denver to Chicago is 2 hours, 22 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DEN Denver, CO 1 minute early.
15 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 52 minutes in the air
13 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Denver to Chicago is 2 hours, 22 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 52 minutes.

The flight distance from Denver to Chicago is 888 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Denver
2 hours, 37 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 20m
2h 24m
2h 24m
2h 26m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



888 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Denver from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Denver to Chicago by plane is 888 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Denver to Chicago?

The flight time from Denver to Chicago is 2 hours, 22 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 52 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 2 hours, 20 minutes, and American the slowest taking 2 hours, 26 minutes.

What airlines fly from Denver to Chicago?

United, American, Spirit, and Frontier are the airlines with direct flights from Denver to Chicago.

Does Southwest fly from Denver to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Denver (DEN) to Chicago (ORD). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Denver 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 112 minutes
Taxiing In 13 minutes
Arrives Chicago 4 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Denver to Chicago, Frontier is 75% reliable, which means that Frontier flights are on time 75% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 78% 21% 1%
Spirit 77% 21% 2%
American 76% 20% 4%
Frontier 75% 23% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Denver and Chicago, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
In the Air
Taxiing In
United 16 111 11 140
Spirit 12 113 17 144
Frontier 17 113 12 144
American 15 113 15 146

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
1pm 1.76
4pm 0.72
9pm 0.07
7pm 0.34
8pm 1.41
10am 0.4
8am 0.98
6am 2.22
3pm 0.99
12pm 1.16
10pm 0.4
5pm 1.42
2pm 0.91
11pm 0.01
7am 0.62
6pm 0.58
11am 0.85
9am 1.51
5am 0.58

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Denver to Chicago that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 477
February 427
March 498
April 457
May 552
June 580
July 602
August 606
September 574
October 568
November 481
December 473

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Denver to Chicago that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 17.77
Tuesday 17.06
Wednesday 17.46
Thursday 17.67
Friday 17.85
Saturday 15.69
Sunday 17.56

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
United 1
American 1
Frontier 0
Spirit 0

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
In the Air
Taxi In
1pm 14 112 14 143
4pm 15 113 16 149
9pm 15 108 10 134
7pm 16 108 8 134
8pm 15 110 7 134
10am 15 112 13 142
8am 18 111 11 142
6am 15 113 13 144
3pm 15 112 13 142
12pm 14 113 15 143
10pm 14 109 6 129
5pm 17 111 13 145
2pm 15 113 16 145
11pm 12 108 5 125
7am 16 113 15 148
6pm 16 109 9 135
11am 18 112 12 144
9am 16 114 13 145
5am 14 114 12 141
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.