Cheap flights from Los Angeles to Chicago (LAX - CHI)

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The best prices from Los Angeles to Chicago are usually found in August or July, booked 16 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Wednesday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (CHI)

All the information you need to plan the best LAX to CHI flight in 2021: compare Los Angeles to Chicago flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Chicago.
LAX - CHI
Price
$102 - $284
CHI
Temperature
23 - 73.4 °F
CHI
Precipitation
1.7 - 4.9 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 35% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 44% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$102

From Los Angeles to Chicago (CHI)

One-way from

$49

One-way flight from Los Angeles to Chicago (CHI)

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Flying to your destination on a Saturday can be more expensive, but this shouldn’t discourage you from finding affordable options to get to Chicago. Check prices with Cheapflights to find a great deal for your trip.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago (LAX - CHI)?

One of the essential ways to save on airfare from Los Angeles to Chicago is to remain as flexible as possible. Flights that are in the evening tend to be the most expensive. A flight at noon could potentially save you up to 11% on airfare.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Find a great deal and save up to 4% by booking at least 16 days prior to your desired departure date, rather than waiting until the week of travel. According to our data, there are a number of flights available from Los Angeles to Chicago within the next two weeks, with the cheapest ticket starting at $175.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago?

August can be a great time to fly to Chicago from Los Angeles with a flight ticket averaging about $184. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of August for as cheap as $50. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

Cheap flights from Los Angeles to Chicago in October, November 2021

The best prices found for LAX to CHI flights for October, November
27 Oct - 3 Nov
$55pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
3 Nov - 6 Nov
$57pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
28 Oct - 3 Nov
$58pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

Los Angeles to Chicago 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from Los Angeles found for this year
27 Oct - 3 Nov
$55pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
3 Nov - 6 Nov
$57pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
28 Oct - 3 Nov
$58pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

Non-stop flights to Chicago from Los Angeles

Save time with Los Angeles to Chicago direct flight deals
27 Oct - 3 Nov
$55pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
3 Nov - 6 Nov
$57pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
28 Oct - 3 Nov
$58pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

Last minute flights from Los Angeles to Chicago

Late deals on round-trip flights to Chicago from Los Angeles, departing today and this week
19 Oct - 23 Oct
$57pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
23 Oct - 30 Oct
$58pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles
20 Oct - 30 Oct
$59pp
LAX
Los Angeles
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Spirit Airlines
Non-Stop
LAX
Los Angeles

One-way flights to Chicago from Los Angeles

The cheapest one-way flights from Los Angeles to Chicago
8:50 pm - 2:39 am
American Airlines
Nonstop
3h 49m
LAX - ORD
American Airlines
10:18 am - 4:08 pm
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
27h 50m
LAX - ORD
Multiple Airlines
$61
Kiwi.com
1:30 am - 4:08 am
Spirit Airlines
1 Stop
24h 38m
LAX - ORD
Spirit Airlines
$62
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Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">Los Angeles</span> to <span class="emphasized">Chicago</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From Los Angeles to Chicago

What airport do you fly from for flights from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Most people fly from Los Angeles (LAX) if they book a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. On average, Los Angeles has 88 outbound flights to Chicago per day from 9 airlines. Los Angeles is conveniently located just 9.4 mi from Los Angeles’s city center.

Which airlines flying from Los Angeles to Chicago have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from Los Angeles to Chicago for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Los Angeles to Chicago for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Spirit Airlines for just $55, but on average you can expect to pay $68.

Are there nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Chicago for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Los Angeles to Chicago under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Chicago is less than $70.

Are there last-minute flights available from Los Angeles to Chicago for under $100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Los Angeles to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $100.

What days are nonstop flights available from Los Angeles to Chicago?

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from Los Angeles to Chicago on average per day?

Travelers can expect 26 flights from Los Angeles to Chicago on average per day.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 58% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 42% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Airlines like Spirit Airlines fly from Los Angeles to Chicago in about 4h 06m. The time it takes to get you to your destination is usually consistent. The distance from Los Angeles to Chicago is about 1750 mi. Most flights are nonstop.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago round-trip?

Flying on Spirit Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Chicago, with prices starting at $55. Spirit Airlines is priced at 70% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Before booking your flight from Los Angeles to Chicago check out the most popular airlines for this route: Major Airline, American Airlines or Alaska Airlines.

What are the most reliable airlines from Los Angeles to Chicago?

No one likes to see their flight delayed. When booking a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago consider choosing Austrian Airlines (95%), Aer Lingus (93%) or Gulf Air (92%) as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

What are the most popular routes from Los Angeles to Chicago?

While some choose either Los Angeles - Chicago Midway or Los Angeles - Chicago Greater Rockford, Los Angeles - Chicago O'Hare Intl is the most popular route from Los Angeles to Chicago.

What are the cheapest flights from Los Angeles to Chicago?

While on average a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago is generally $603, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $66. When looking at the most popular route, (Los Angeles - Chicago O'Hare Intl), you can expect to pay $56 for that flight.

How long is the flight from Los Angeles to Chicago?

The average direct flight from Los Angeles to either of Chicago's major airports usually lasts around four hours, not including boarding times. You can find cheaper airfare by selecting a flight with a stopover, but that will extend the travel time a bit.

Which airlines operate flights from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Many major airlines offer direct flights from Los Angeles to Chicago, including United, American, Spirit, Frontier, Southwest and Alaska Airlines. Connecting flights can also be found with several other carriers, including Delta.

How frequent are flights between Los Angeles to Chicago?

Flights between Los Angeles and Chicago are frequent throughout each day, with at least one flight arriving from LA every hour during peak travel times.

Which airports serve Los Angeles to Chicago?

Chicago is served by two major airports and several smaller regional facilities. For flights from Los Angeles, you can expect to arrive at either O'Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. The main airport serving Los Angeles is Los Angeles International Airport, also known as LAX.

Which direct flight route between Los Angeles and Chicago is cheapest?

The cheapest direct flight route between Los Angeles and Chicago is typically found with American Airlines or Frontier, both of which arrive at O'Hare Airport. The fares for each carrier's basic economy rates are close in price. Los Angeles and Chicago both share a lot in common, but they are defined by their differences. While temperatures in LA are almost always moderate and sunny, Chicago weather is notoriously unpredictable. However, it makes the perfect destination for a summer getaway or a true winter Christmas experience. Chicago is known for its local cuisine, including deep dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs, and visits to the local neighborhoods reveal a wide range of international cuisines. Visit Pilsen for its authentic Mexican taquerias or head to Chinatown for its wide range of delicious eateries. The Loop and the surrounding downtown area are home to the Magnificent Mile shopping district, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Goodman Theater and a host of smaller museums and shops. Finish your trip to the Loop with a visit to Millennium Park and a ride on the CTA's "El" elevated train. If you are planning a trip to the Windy City, use our smart search engine to find the cheapest flights between Los Angeles and Chicago.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Chicago, IL

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Chicago from Los Angeles?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Chicago within the United States

Most visitors from Los Angeles need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Chicago.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Los Angeles must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Chicago.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Los Angeles are not required to quarantine after entering Chicago.

Do I need a test to fly back to Los Angeles from Chicago?

Returning to Los Angeles from Chicago

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Chicago must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Los Angeles.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Chicago are not required to quarantine after entering Los Angeles.

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Alternative routes for Los Angeles to Chicago

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Chicago

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Flight duration from LAX to Chicago
4h 15m
Average temperature for October in Chicago
64.4 °F
Avg rainfall for October in Chicago
2.6 ″

Airports servicing Los Angeles

Airports servicing Chicago

Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Top 8 airlines flying from Los Angeles to Chicago

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Spirit Airlines
$81 $236 No cancel fee 65%
United Airlines
$86 $288 No cancel fee 69%
American Airlines
$87 $244 No cancel fee 71%
Alaska Airlines
$91 $226 No cancel fee 75%
Frontier
$97 $208 No cancel fee 62%
Sun Country Air
$114 $195 No cancel fee 83%
Delta
$122 $323 No cancel fee N/A
Southwest
$297 $518 No cancel fee 63%

Hourly flight availability from Los Angeles to Chicago

See what time of day planes typically take off from Los Angeles towards Chicago.
Morning 6 AM to noon 55% of LAX to CHI departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 27% of LAX to CHI departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 9% of LAX to CHI departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 9% of LAX to CHI departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Los Angeles to Chicago
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Sunday
84 daily flights
Monday
98 daily flights
Tuesday
86 daily flights
Wednesday
98 daily flights
Thursday
89 daily flights
Friday
88 daily flights
Saturday
75 daily flights
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