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Reno to Chicago drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days



Reno to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Reno 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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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Reno
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:22 pm  Winnemucca
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:22 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:22 pm  Salt Lake City
eat at Red Iguana
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:38 pm  Laramie
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Laramie
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:42 pm  Big Springs
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:42 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:35 pm  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Hastings (Nebraska)
drive for about 4.5 hours

1:32 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:20 pm  Iowa City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:20 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

8:47 pm  arrive in Chicago
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 4 driving ≈ 10 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Reno, Nevada.

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?

Winnemucca  (4 answers)
Salt Lake City  (63 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?
Laramie  (5 answers)
    questions about Laramie:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laramie?
Big Springs
Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go
Des Moines  (18 answers)
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?
Iowa City  (5 answers)
    University of Iowa  (7 mentions)
    restaurants around Iowa City:
        Hamburg Inn No. 2
    questions about Iowa City:
        What is there to visit in Iowa City?
        Things to see or do in Iowa City




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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,918 miles
driving time of 29 hours, 23 minutes
Chicago is 2 hours ahead of Reno
31 Reno travel answers
4 Winnemucca travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
5 Laramie travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
5 Iowa City travel answers
267 Chicago travel answers





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