The driving distance from Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan is:

283 miles / 455 km

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Driving distance from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI

The total driving distance from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI is 283 miles or 455 kilometers.

Your trip begins in Chicago, Illinois. It ends in Detroit, Michigan.

If you are planning a road trip, you might also want to calculate the total driving time from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI so you can see when you'll arrive at your destination.

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On your road trip from Chicago to Detroit we recommend a stop at Indiana Dunes at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. It has breathtaking views, places for hiking and biking, amusement parks and beautiful beaches.

Take a walk along the shoreline or hike through a variety of trails at Indiana Dunes to see dunes, prairies, forests, wetlands and oak forest. Or climb Mount Baldy, a 125-foot “living dune.” Visit the historic sites, museums, preserves and parks. Find out more at

Your next stop is Marshall County, a place to unwind and relax. Reserve a room in one of the Bed & Breakfast place for a calm and quiet vacation that includes country-style breakfast. If you are driving an RV, Marshall County has plenty of Campgrounds and RV Parks along the lakes, in the woods or down country roads.

Marshall County is located between US 30 and US 31 in Northern Indiana just south of 180/90. has all the information you need to plan you trip to there.

Chicago, Illinois

City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States
Category: cities

Detroit, Michigan

City: Detroit
State: Michigan
Country: United States
Category: cities

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