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Fares from $49 One Way, $97 Round Trip from Des Moines to Chicago

Prices starting at $97 for return flights and $49 for one-way flights to Chicago were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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More About Flying To Chicago from Des Moines

Flights from Des Moines to Chicago - Frequently Asked Questions

Are there non-stop flights from Des Moines to Chicago?

Get ready to book, because there are two airlines that fly directly from Des Moines, IA Airport (DSM-Des Moines Intl.) to Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.). Lock in a great deal with United Airlines or American Airlines.

What is the shortest flight from Des Moines to Chicago?

If conditions are good and all goes as planned, you could be disembarking at Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) from Des Moines, IA Airport (DSM-Des Moines Intl.) in only 1 hour and 17 minutes. With such a brief flight time, consider traveling with carry-on luggage only.

What airlines fly from Des Moines to Chicago most frequently?

Look up United Airlines (UA). This airline offers some of the most frequent flights from Des Moines, IA Airport (DSM-Des Moines Intl.) to Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.). It operates 111 services on this route each month and is a favorite among travelers. American Airlines (AA) will also get you to your destination in comfort and style. Offering 91 monthly flights between Des Moines and Chicago, it's another quality airline to look into.

Route Information for Flights from Des Moines to Chicago

Origin Airport IATA CodeDSM
Destination Airport IATA CodeCHI
Distance297 mi
Direct Flight AirlinesAmerican Airlines, Qatar Airways, JAL, Air Canada, Aer Lingus, Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, SAS, Iberia, ANA, Lufthansa, British Airways
Earliest Flight Arrival12:45PM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival10:45PM UTC

Flights Review

Feb 26, 2020

So nice to get free carry-on plus complimentary snacks and drinks in coach with AA. Last flight with Frontier there were charges for all those.

Jan 20, 2020

Flight takeoff delayed for de-icing plane; no hot coffee available; probably weather-related issues made it a so-so experience. Service people did their best.

Dec 29, 2019

Appeared to be a newer plane and better designed than others.

Dec 7, 2019

Awesome so far! Thanks!

Nov 21, 2019

Thanks for having friendly people and for all you do to make flying a safe experience.

Aug 30, 2019

We were bummed we had to check AND PAY FOR OUR 3 carryons!

Aug 6, 2019

Everything was wonderful.

Jun 18, 2019

Erica was amazing at dealing with anxious passenger on a very delayed flight.

May 25, 2019

The two flight attendants were excellent! Flight was diverted to Indianapolis with unknown outcome. They were calm yet assertive and focused on problem resolution for all. I was grateful to be on their flight under their guidance! Professional, personable, wise, resourceful, great sense of humor and thoughtful. I am a frequent flyer on many airlines and these two flight attendants stand out in their field.

Dec 23, 2018

The flight attendants were great, especially from ord-Cho.

Flights from Des Moines to Chicago

Cheap Flights from Des Moines

Locating cheap flights from Des Moines is easy with the assistance of Orbitz.com. Des Moines International Airport (DSM) offers a wide range of affordable flights from top airline providers. This airport offers flights with United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, US Airways and more. Des Moines International is located in Des Moines, IA at 5800 Fleur Drive and is approximately three miles from the downtown area of the city.

Airport Parking Information

DSM provides a variety of airport parking choices to its passengers. These choices include short-term, long-term and economy parking. Short-term rates start at $1per half-hour, with a $24-per-day maximum. Long-term rates start at $2 per hour, with a $12-per-day maximum. Economy rates at DSM start at $2 per hour, with a $5-per-day maximum.

DSM Transportation Information

Passenger transportation options include shuttle buses, car rentals, limousines, taxis and public transit. Bus transportation is offered by Greyhound, Jefferson Bus Lines and Trailways Bus System. Other options can be found through Alamo Car Rental, Budget Rent A Car, Capitol Cab Company and C & C Limousine Services, among others.

Restaurants at Des Moines International Airport

Travelers can choose from a variety of restaurants at DSM, many of which can be found at the Landside Food Court. This dining area is open from 4:30 am to 7:30 pm daily, and is home to a Pizza Hut Express and an American Grill restaurant, among others. Let Orbitz.com help you book cheap flights from Des Moines and learn about your airport options.

Airports in Chicago

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is located on West O'Hare, approximately 18 miles from downtown Chicago. It has hubs for every major airline that offers flights to Chicago, including American Airlines, British Airways and JetBlue. The Chicago Midway International Airport is located on South Cicero Avenue, approximately 12 miles from downtown Chicago. Seven airlines service Midway airport, including Air Tran, Delta and Southwest Airlines. Orbitz.com searches flights arriving at both airports so you get the best prices.

Transportation from the Airport

Both airports offer public transportation via Chicago's elevated train system. The tickets cost $2.25, or you can purchase an all-day pass for $5.75. Taxi services are also available from both airports. Cab fares to downtown Chicago range from $35 to $45. If you want to rent a car for the duration of your stay, Orbitz.com can reserve a vehicle for you. Both airports have onsite rental car facilities.

Weather in Chicago

Summer temperatures in Chicago range from 66 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperatures during the winter months range from 18 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicago is prone to heavy snowfall during the winter months, so most vacationers travel to Chicago during the summer. However, if you use Orbitz.com and schedule your trip during the off-peak travel season, it's easy to find cheap flights to Chicago.

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Orbitz.com not only helps you find cheap flights to Chicago, but can also help you purchase tickets to the Sears Tower or make reservations for guided city tours.

^Savings based on all package bookings with Flight + Hotel made on Orbitz.com from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.