Illinois to Kansas Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Chicago to Wichita is a very heavily traveled route.
The Chicago, IL to Wichita, KS shipping lane is a 711 mile haul that takes more than 10 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Kansas ranges from a minimum of 226 miles and a minimum of 4 hours from Kansas City, KS to Quincy, IL, to over 976 miles and a minimum of 15 hours on the road from Elkhart, KS to Evanston, IL. The shortest route from Illinois to Kansas is along the I-55 S corridor; however there is a more northerly route that uses the I-80 W, traveling through Iowa City, IA instead of Springfield, IL.
Illinois extends from Chicago on the west coast of Lake Michigan deep into the rural Midwest. Illinois borders the Great Lakes and there is a lot of freight coming into the Chicago ports. While Illinois is large, the state is flat and easy to traverse. Chicago has a vast amount of industrial companies that have commercial freight shipping needs to all points of the country and into Canada as well. Illinois has cold, snowy winters that can slow down and delay trucking through the state.
Kansas’ reputation as America’s heartland is well deserved. Equidistant from both the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous United States is located in Smith County, Kansas, near the city of Lebanon. Home to legendary Old West cow town Dodge City and part of the historic Santa Fe Trail, Kansas is bordered by Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri and shares with Missouri its most populous area—the Kansas part of Kansas City, which straddles the state line.
The manufacturing sector is responsible for much of Kansas’ industry, with the aerospace industry making up the majority of the state’s manufacturing jobs. Spirit Aero systems and Cessna are two of the best-known aerospace manufacturers in the state. Other well-known industrial names that call Kansas home include Sprint-Nextel, General Motors and Garmin. Oil and natural gas are other major industries in Kansas; the state ranks 8th in the nation for production of both resources.
Illinois to Kansas Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois is mainly an industrial state, and Kansas is mainly agricultural, with many food processing and distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer. We also see a number of flatbed shipments as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Illinois and Kansas are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.