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Chicago to Memphis drive

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  Chicago
 Champaign
 Altamont
 Mount Vernon (Illinois)
 Cedar Lake
 Sikeston
 Covington (Tennessee)
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Memphis road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 2 hours

12:14 pm  Champaign
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:50 pm  Altamont
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:50 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:53 pm  Mount Vernon (Illinois)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Mount Vernon (Illinois)
drive for about 1 hour

11:10 am  Cedar Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:10 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:24 pm  Sikeston
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:24 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:24 pm  Covington (Tennessee)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:24 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

6:20 pm  arrive in Memphis
eat at Central BBQ
stay at Peabody Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Champaign

Altamont

Mount Vernon (Illinois)  (2 answers)
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Cedar Lake

Sikeston

Covington (Tennessee)


Where's the best place to stay in Memphis?

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 Memphis.

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

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




Where's the best place to eat in Memphis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Central BBQ, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Payne's Bar-B-Q  (3 mentions)
Cozy Corner Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Memphis?

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:

Beale Street  (9 mentions)
Graceland  (9 mentions)
Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
Mud Island  (6 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 Memphis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?  (8 answers)

profile  Regan from Brooklyn asked:
What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?  (5 answers)

profile  stephanie from Nixa asked:
Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??  (5 answers)

profile  Andreas from Manhattan asked:
Best blues clubs in Memphis?  (5 answers)

profile  Larry from Southern California asked:
Good Food and Fun With Kids  (4 answers)

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




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 Memphis to Chicago 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 Chicago to Memphis. Or get a full Chicago to Memphis 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 Chicago well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Chicago!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 532 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 44 minutes
Memphis is the same time as Chicago
311 Chicago travel answers
1 Champaign travel answer
1 Altamont travel answer
2 Mount Vernon (Illinois) travel answers
1 Covington (Tennessee) travel answer
114 Memphis travel answers





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