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Omaha to Chicago drive

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  Omaha
 Elk Horn
 West Des Moines
 Brooklyn
 University of Iowa
 Davenport (Iowa)
 Rock Falls
 Naperville
   Chicago 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Omaha to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Omaha 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 Omaha and Chicago. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Omaha 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

10:00 am  start in Omaha
drive for about 1 hour

11:08 am  Elk Horn
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:37 pm  West Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:37 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:08 pm  Brooklyn
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:08 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:14 pm  University of Iowa
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from University of Iowa
drive for about 1 hour

11:09 am  Davenport (Iowa)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:09 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:20 pm  Rock Falls
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:20 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:50 pm  Naperville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:50 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

5:27 pm  arrive in Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Elk Horn

West Des Moines  (3 answers)
    questions about West Des Moines:
        Best free things to do in West Des Moines?

Brooklyn

University of Iowa  (7 mentions)

Davenport (Iowa)  (2 answers)

Rock Falls

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?  (34 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  Joanne from Florida asked:
Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?  (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 Omaha 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 Omaha to Chicago. Or get a full Omaha 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 Omaha well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Omaha!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 467 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 1 minute
24 Omaha travel answers
3 West Des Moines travel answers
1 Brooklyn travel answer
2 Davenport (Iowa) travel answers
2 Naperville travel answers
306 Chicago travel answers





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