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The best prices from San Francisco to Chicago are usually found in January or February, booked 41 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago (CHI)

SFO - CHI
Price
$257 - $362
CHI
Temperature
33.8 - 84.2 °F
CHI
Rainfall
0.7 - 4.3 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 16% potential price rise

Cheapest in

January

Best time to find cheap flights, 15% potential price drop

Round-trip from

€257

From San Francisco to Chicago

One-way from

€54

One-way flight from San Francisco to Chicago

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 San Francisco to Chicago?

Flights from San Francisco to Chicago are found to be more expensive on Saturday. This shouldn't discourage you from searching as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to Chicago.

How far in advance should I book a flight from San Francisco to Chicago?

When searching for a good deal, it’s best to be prepared for potential fluctuations in price. We recommend booking at least 37 days in advance, which can save you up to 10% on flights from San Francisco to Chicago compared to booking the week you need them. Waiting 37 days out may not be for everyone, so we have options available for flights within the next two weeks, with the lowest price starting at $177. For sooner than that we have options available in the next 3 days from $177.

When is the cheapest time to fly from San Francisco to Chicago (SFO - CHI)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from San Francisco to Chicago in the evening. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 9% on your trip compared to booking a flight at noon.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Chicago in September, October 2020

The best prices found for SFO to CHI flights for September, October
28 Oct - 21 Nov
$112pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
26 Oct - 2 Nov
$114pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
7 Oct - 19 Oct
$115pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Chicago 2020 flight deals

Cheap flights to Chicago from San Francisco found for this year
4 Nov - 10 Nov
$101pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
11 Nov - 11 Nov
$102pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
4 Nov - 11 Nov
$112pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Chicago from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Chicago direct flight deals
19 Oct - 22 Oct
$152pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
American Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
2 Nov - 10 Nov
$153pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
2 Nov - 12 Nov
$157pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Last minute flights from San Francisco to Chicago

Late deals on round-trip flights to Chicago from San Francisco, departing today and this week
5 Oct - 28 Oct
$112pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
7 Oct - 21 Oct
$115pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
7 Oct - 2 Nov
$127pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Chicago from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Chicago
8:59 pm - 7:10 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
8h 11m
SFO - ORD
Multiple Airlines
$54
SmartFares
8:59 pm - 7:10 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
8h 11m
SFO - ORD
Multiple Airlines
$62
Gotogate
7:05 am - 7:10 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
22h 05m
SFO - ORD
Multiple Airlines
$65
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Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about San Francisco to Chicago flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Chicago

Are flight prices decreasing from San Francisco to Chicago due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both San Francisco and Chicago for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

Can I find flights from San Francisco to Chicago for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Chicago for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just $101, but on average you can expect to pay $119.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Chicago for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Chicago under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Chicago is less than $178.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Chicago for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Chicago within the next 7 days for less than $200.

What days are nonstop flights available from San Francisco to Chicago?

Nonstop flights can be found on the following days: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from San Francisco to Chicago on average per day?

Travelers can expect 7 flights from San Francisco to Chicago on average per day.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 57% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 14% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 29% of flight departures

Is San Francisco weather warmer or cooler than Chicago?

You can imagine temperatures to be in the 84 °F range in July. The weather in Chicago is generally hotter than San Francisco's. As flight availability is subject to become more limited as peak season approaches it is ideal to book in a timely manner.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Chicago?

A quick flight from San Francisco to Chicago can take about 6h 40m. Delta provides one of the quickest options available for as low as $266. There are 1851 mi between San Francisco and Chicago.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from San Francisco to Chicago one-way?

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $109 on Delta.

Alternative routes for San Francisco to Chicago

Destination information for Chicago

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from San Francisco to Chicago
Average temperature for September in Chicago
77.0 °F
Avg rainfall for September in Chicago
2.4 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Hourly flight availability from San Francisco to Chicago

Morning 6 AM to noon 51% of SFO to CHI departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 31% of SFO to CHI departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 16% of SFO to CHI departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 2% of SFO to CHI departures
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Weekly flight availability
from San Francisco to Chicago
Sunday
40 daily flights
Monday
29 daily flights
Tuesday
42 daily flights
Wednesday
37 daily flights
Thursday
29 daily flights
Friday
31 daily flights
Saturday
35 daily flights
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