The driving distance from Washington, District of Columbia to Chicago, Illinois is:

701 miles / 1 128 km

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Driving distance from Washington, DC to Chicago, IL

The total driving distance from Washington, DC to Chicago, IL is 701 miles or 1 128 kilometers.

Your trip begins in Washington, District of Columbia. It ends in Chicago, Illinois.

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

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Since this is a long drive, you might want to stop halfway and stay overnight in a hotel. You can find the city that is halfway between Washington, DC and Chicago, IL.

Planning to fly a plane instead? You might be more interested in calculating the straight line distance to fly from Washington, DC to Chicago, IL.

It is possible to drive without an overnight stay from Washington DC to Chicago when you take a few short stops. But we recommend at least a one-night stopover along the way.

When in Chicago check out the iconic and local specialty foods like deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hotdog and Italian beef. According to, Chicago is the gourmet dining epicenter in the United States.

Gino’s East of Chicago serves the famous deep dish pizza. It has a few locations in Chicago, but you must visit the original location in downtown Chicago off Michigan Avenue and Superior Street. Order the famous Chicago deep dish pizza and leave your mark by scribbling your name on the restaurant’s wood or stucco walls.

For a Chicago style hotdog, visit Johnny O’s in Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. This over 50-year-old hotdog joint serves hotdog 24 hours a day.

The best Italian steak in town is at the Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. It is located in an architectural landmark building once home to Frank Nitti (you’ll know this name if you’re familiar with Al Capone’s story).

Washington, District of Columbia

City: Washington
State: District of Columbia
Country: United States
Category: cities

Chicago, Illinois

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

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