The flight time from Los Angeles to Chicago is 3 hours, 54 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA on time.
16 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 26 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives MDW Chicago, IL 6 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Time By Airline ?

3h 46m
3h 53m
3h 54m
3h 54m
3h 58m
4h 2m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Reverse Journey

4 hours, 23 minutes

Flights Per Week



1751 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


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 on time
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 206 minutes
Taxiing In 10 minutes
Arrives Chicago 6 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 10 minutes. For example, from Los Angeles to Chicago, Southwest is 80% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 80% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Frontier 86% 13% 1%
United 85% 15% 0%
American 85% 14% 1%
Spirit 81% 17% 2%
Southwest 80% 19% 1%
Virgin 80% 20% 0%

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
Southwest 12 207 6 226
United 16 205 11 233
Spirit 13 207 11 234
Virgin 14 207 12 234
Frontier 18 208 10 238
American 19 208 12 242

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
0am 0.95
1am 0.99
5am 0.91
6am 2.29
7am 1.05
8am 1.35
9am 2.72
10am 1.8
11am 2.26
12pm 1.13
1pm 2.04
2pm 1.89
3pm 0.36
4pm 1.18
5pm 3.56
6pm 0.73
7pm 0.76
8pm 0.12
10pm 0.62
11pm 2.83

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 827
February 735
March 807
April 818
May 900
June 933
July 981
August 997
September 957
October 990
November 946
December 900

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 30.4
Tuesday 30.3
Wednesday 30.2
Thursday 30.8
Friday 30.5
Saturday 26.3
Sunday 29.2

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 74
American 62
Southwest 38
Spirit 14
Virgin 13
Frontier 6

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
0am 15 204 8 230
1am 17 207 15 244
5am 14 211 9 234
6am 14 208 10 234
7am 15 208 12 234
8am 17 208 11 238
9am 17 206 12 238
10am 17 207 14 239
11am 17 208 14 241
12pm 15 206 10 232
1pm 17 209 14 243
2pm 15 207 11 235
3pm 13 206 7 229
4pm 13 206 7 229
5pm 15 204 8 230
6pm 14 205 6 227
7pm 12 204 6 224
8pm 11 206 5 224
10pm 17 201 9 228
11pm 19 204 8 232
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.