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Ann Arbor to Chicago drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



Ann Arbor to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Ann Arbor to Chicago. If you're planning a road trip to Chicago, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in Ann Arbor
drive for about 36 minutes

9:36 am  Waterloo State Recreation Area
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:36 am
drive for about 57 minutes

11:33 am  Marshall (Michigan)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:33 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

1:13 pm  Kalamazoo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:13 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:13 pm  Eau Claire
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:13 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:16 pm  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:16 pm
drive for about 51 minutes

7:07 pm  Lincoln Park Zoo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:07 pm
drive for about 7 minutes

8:14 pm  arrive in Chicago
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

driving ≈ 5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Ann Arbor, Michigan.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Waterloo State Recreation Area
Marshall (Michigan)  (2 answers)
Kalamazoo  (8 answers)
    Air Zoo  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Kalamazoo:
        Bell's Brewery, Inc: Brewery
        Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo
        The Union Cabaret & Grille
        Old Dog Tavern
    questions about Kalamazoo:
        What's the best neighborhood in Kalamazoo for a first time visitor?
        Best free things to do in Kalamazoo?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Kalamazoo?
Eau Claire
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Lincoln Park Zoo  (39 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Chicago, Illinois.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




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!

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

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?  (15 answers)

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

 지은 기 from asked:
airport transportation  (14 answers)

 Stacey Wall from Jackson, Mississippi asked:
What are the coolest hotels in downtown 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 Ann Arbor drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Ann Arbor to Chicago. Or get a full Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Ann Arbor!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 243 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 4 minutes
Chicago is 1 hour behind Ann Arbor
9 Ann Arbor travel answers
2 Marshall (Michigan) travel answers
8 Kalamazoo travel answers
1 Eau Claire travel answer
258 Chicago travel answers





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