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Chicago to Minneapolis drive in 1 day

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



Chicago to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Minneapolis. If you're planning a road trip to Minneapolis, 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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8:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 55 minutes

8:55 am  The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 9:55 am
drive for about 1 hour

11:01 am  Loves Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:01 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:18 pm  Madison
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:18 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:26 pm  Wisconsin Dells
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:44 pm  Black River Falls
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:44 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

7:34 pm  Eau Claire
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:34 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:57 pm  Afton State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:57 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

11:39 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

driving ≈ 8.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Chicago, Illinois.

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?

The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar  (2 mentions)
Loves Park
Madison  (24 answers)
    Wisconsin State Capitol  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Madison:
        The Old Fashioned
        Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
        L'Etoile
        Ha Long Bay
    questions about Madison:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
        Family-friendly campsites near Madison for large groups
        Where is there a good Japanese restaurant?
        One day trip, looking for a good time under $100
        Catholic Easter Vigil Mass with good music in Madison?
Wisconsin Dells  (11 answers)
    Noah's Ark  (3 mentions)
    questions about Wisconsin Dells:
        Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?
Black River Falls
Eau Claire  (2 answers)
Afton State Park  (2 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Minneapolis?

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 Minneapolis.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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






Where's the best place to eat in Minneapolis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Bachelor Farmer, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

112 Eatery  (8 mentions)
Sea Salt Eatery  (7 mentions)
Midtown Global Market  (6 mentions)
Psycho Suzi's  (6 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Minneapolis?

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:

Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
Minnehaha Park  (8 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 Minneapolis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Bianca Sousa from Miami asked:
Is the Mall of America worth visiting?  (13 answers)

 Keith Spence from Denver asked:
Fine dining in Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

 Tandy Lewis from Miami asked:
What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

 Liv Strauss from Cape Cod asked:
What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?  (7 answers)

 Owen Morris from Las Vegas asked:
Best areas to stay in Minneapolis?  (7 answers)

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






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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis. Or get a full Chicago to Minneapolis 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 409 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 37 minutes
267 Chicago travel answers
24 Madison travel answers
11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers
2 Eau Claire travel answers
44 Minneapolis travel answers





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