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Route Information for Flights from New York to Chicago

Origin Airport IATA Code NYC
Destination Airport IATA Code CHI
Distance 737 mi
Direct Flight Airlines American Airlines, Qatar Airways, KLM, Air Europa, Air France, Emirates, Delta Air Lines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, LATAM Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Alitalia, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Gulf Air, British Airways
Earliest Flight Arrival 1:45PM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival 1:01AM UTC

Millions of people fly between New York and Chicago each year, making it one of the world’s busiest air routes. If you want to join them, then Orbitz offers you all the cheapest flights to Chicago.

Popular Routes from New York to Chicago

New York has three major airports, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty in New Jersey, and you catch a direct flight to Chicago from any of them. Flights from JFK head to O’Hare International and from LaGuardia and Newark you can fly to both O’Hare and Chicago’s other main hub, Chicago Midway International.

More than four million people fly between the cities each year and there are scores of flights every day, taking off every few minutes from early in the morning to late at night.

Among the airlines with services between the cities are America, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United.

The Flight from New York to Chicago

The 730-mile journey from west from New York to Chicago usually takes around two and a half hours, although you will only spend around two hours in the air. During the trip your plane will reach speeds of 500mph and altitudes of 35,000 feet.

The exact flight path depends on weather conditions and other air traffic, but the usual route takes your aircraft up towards the Great Lakes, over Lake Erie across Michigan and into Chicago over Lake Michigan. If you are lucky, and have a seat on the right of the plane, you may even catch a glimpse of Niagara Falls on the way.

The five main airports in New York and Chicago are among the biggest in the US. All of them feature in the top 30 busiest airports in the country, and both Midway and O’Hare once held the title of the world’s busiest airport. Today the most popular route between the cities is from LaGuardia to O’Hare, with 1.6 million passengers each year. Around 700,000 people fly from Newark to O’Hare each year.

Although the flight is domestic, with quicker check in times than for international journeys, it is still a good idea to get to the airport well before takeoff. If you want to check in bags then remember to check if your ticket includes a luggage allowance – some airlines charge extra to put bags in the hold.

US citizens will need some form of photo ID to board the plane, non-US citizens should bring their passport.

Getting to LaGuardia is easy, you can get a taxi, shuttle or bus from Manhattan or Queens, and there are connections to the subway system. There are also long-stay parking lots near the airport if you plan to drive.

Whether you are flying from LaGuardia, JFK or Newark there is plenty to do once you have checked in, with bars, shops, restaurants and even spas where you can relax before you board your flight.

O’Hare is the third largest airport in the US with almost 80 million passengers a year, and more than 50 airlines flying to hundreds of destinations around the world, and you can get into the city center by rail, bus, shuttle or cab. If you book with Orbitz, you can reserve a rental car to collect at the airport.

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Flights from New York to Chicago - Frequently Asked Questions

Am I able to catch a flight from New York to Chicago now?

Go right to our Covid-19 Travel Advisor for the most comprehensive info on quarantine and travel restrictions when flying from New York to Chicago.

Are there non-stop flights from New York to Chicago?

You're in luck — there are 3 airlines which fly nonstop from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to O'Hare Airport. These are some of the best:

  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
What is the shortest flight from New York to Chicago?

The trip from New York to Chicago can be as fast as 2 hours and 25 minutes. With a short and sweet flight time like this, why not book an impromptu getaway?

What airlines fly from New York to Chicago most frequently?

The carriers that offer the most frequent flights between LGA and Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) include Delta (DL). This popular option operates 204 flights on the route every month. American Airlines (AA) also travels from New York to Chicago. It's another excellent choice and has 156 flights every month.

If I am not able to travel due to COVID-19, can I cancel my flight to Chicago?

We get that traveling right now has its challenges, so it's good to know that many reservations booked through us are able to be cancelled or changed. If your travel plans to Chicago have been affected by COVID-19, a lot of airlines are making things easier by offering credits to use at a later date. Just sign in to your account and you'll quickly see what options are available. Our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more information.

Are there flights to Chicago with flexible change policies?

In most cases you'll have the option to reschedule your flight to Chicago without a change fee. All you have to do then is pay the difference between the old flight and the new one. Look for the "no change fees" filter and book with confidence.

What is the cheapest day of the week to fly?

Consider flying out early in the week to save on your airfare. Orbitz data from 2020 shows that Monday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Tuesday. Saturday showed the highest average ticket prices likely because many travelers prefer to start their vacation on a weekend.

What is the cheapest month to fly?

We won't keep you guessing, according to Orbitz data the cheapest month to fly is August. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a break from it all before the weather changes. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly is the height of summer, with ticket prices peaking in the month of June.

How can I save money on flights?

To really save big on your next vacation, think outside the box. Select two different airlines or fare types for your return trip and you'll generally get a much better deal. Those who tried this on Orbitz in 2020 saved up to 45% on their airfares. Get mixing and matching today!

*According to flight demand on Orbitz.com from January to December 2020. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.

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