The flight time from Los Angeles to Chicago is 3 hours, 57 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 1 minute early.
16 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 27 minutes in the air
12 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Los Angeles to Chicago is 3 hours, 57 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 27 minutes.

The flight distance from Los Angeles to Chicago is 1744 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Los Angeles
4 hours, 23 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

3h 55m
3h 58m
3h 59m
4h 11m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



1744 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Los Angeles from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Los Angeles to Chicago by plane is 1744 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Los Angeles to Chicago?

The flight time from Los Angeles to Chicago is 3 hours, 57 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 27 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 3 hours, 55 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 4 hours, 11 minutes.

What airlines fly from Los Angeles to Chicago?

American, Alaska, Spirit, and United are the airlines with direct flights from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Does Southwest fly from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Los Angeles (LAX) 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 Los Angeles 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 207 minutes
Taxiing In 12 minutes
Arrives Chicago 7 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 Los Angeles to Chicago, Spirit is 81% reliable, which means that Spirit flights are on time 81% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 85% 14% 1%
Spirit 81% 17% 2%
American 81% 16% 3%
Alaska 71% 28% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Los Angeles 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 17 205 11 235
American 15 208 12 238
Spirit 14 208 14 239
Alaska 20 211 17 251

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
9am 1.24
0am 2.13
1pm 2.09
5pm 1.18
10am 0.98
11pm 2.35
5am 0
7am 1.19
7pm 0.28
3pm 0.77
6pm 0.97
6am 1.43
12pm 1.37
4pm 1.25
2pm 0.83
10pm 0.2
8am 1.64
11am 1.52
1am 0.18

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles 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 645
February 575
March 664
April 642
May 702
June 675
July 723
August 711
September 666
October 667
November 662
December 680

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles 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 22.23
Tuesday 22.33
Wednesday 22.25
Thursday 22.67
Friday 22.5
Saturday 20.23
Sunday 21.87

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
Spirit 0
Alaska 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
9am 15 209 15 241
0am 15 207 10 234
1pm 15 208 15 240
5pm 15 206 8 231
10am 18 207 13 239
11pm 18 203 7 229
5am 13 205 13 231
7am 16 209 13 240
7pm 15 205 7 229
3pm 14 206 14 236
6pm 14 205 7 228
6am 16 210 13 240
12pm 17 208 16 245
4pm 15 205 9 230
2pm 14 207 15 238
10pm 18 200 6 226
8am 21 207 13 244
11am 16 209 15 244
1am 14 205 13 234
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.