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Ankeny to Chicago drive

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  Ankeny
 Brooklyn
 University of Iowa
 Davenport (Iowa)
 Dixon (Illinois)
 Naperville
   Chicago 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Ankeny to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Ankeny to Chicago. If you're planning a road trip to Chicago, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Ankeny and Chicago. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Ankeny and Chicago. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Ankeny
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:18 pm  Brooklyn
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:18 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:24 pm  University of Iowa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:24 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:33 pm  Davenport (Iowa)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Davenport (Iowa)
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:22 pm  Dixon (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:22 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:43 pm  Naperville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:43 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

4:20 pm  arrive in Chicago
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Brooklyn

University of Iowa  (7 mentions)

Davenport (Iowa)  (2 answers)

Dixon (Illinois)

Naperville  (2 answers)
    Garfield Park Conservatory  (4 mentions)
    questions about Naperville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Naperville?


Where's the best place to stay in Chicago?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Chicago.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Chicago to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The James Chicago Hotel, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Palomar Chicago  (9 mentions)
Virgin Hotels Chicago  (8 mentions)
Thompson Chicago  (6 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Chicago? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Chicago?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, which was mentioned 36 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pequod's Pizza  (26 mentions)
Girl & the Goat  (24 mentions)
Big Star  (23 mentions)
Au Cheval  (17 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Chicago? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Chicago?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Chicago. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?  (27 answers)

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Best Chicago pizza?  (18 answers)

profile  Blair from Halifax asked:
What to do in one weekend in Chicago?  (14 answers)

profile  지은 from asked:
airport transportation  (14 answers)

profile  Sanna from Hancock (Michigan) asked:
Good places to go for live music in Chicago?  (12 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Chicago.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Chicago to Ankeny drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Ankeny? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Ankeny.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Ankeny to Chicago. Or get a full Ankeny to Chicago flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Ankeny well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Ankeny!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 335 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 15 minutes
1 Brooklyn travel answer
2 Davenport (Iowa) travel answers
2 Naperville travel answers
299 Chicago travel answers





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