Illinois to Michigan freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; especially the route from Chicago to Detroit being a very busy lane.
The Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI route is a 281 mile haul that takes under 5 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Michigan ranges from a minimum of 50 miles and under an hour from Lansing, IL to New Buffalo, MI, and over 743 miles and a minimum of 11 hours on the road from Mounds, IL to Mackinaw City, MI. The shortest route from Illinois is Michigan along the I-94; but traveling between is relatively close because they are neighboring states partially separated by the southern tip of Lake Michigan.
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.
Michigan, the Great Lakes State, is made up of two peninsulas surrounded by the world’s largest freshwater lakes. Southeast Michigan, the most densely populated part of the state, is home to the Detroit Metro Area and the American automotive industry. Further north, there’s lumber, mining and furniture manufacturing. Michigan borders Ontario, Canada to the east and north, across lakes Huron and Superior. Indiana and Ohio are to the south, and Illinois and Wisconsin are to the west, across Lake Michigan. Detroit is approximately 300 miles east of Chicago and 250 miles west of Toronto, Canada. Michigan is warm and humid in the summer, cold and snowy in the winter. Michigan’s climate sometimes causes delays in trucking.
Illinois to Michigan Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois and Michigan are both mainly industrial states, with many manufacturing and distribution centers throughout, we see plenty of shipments by Stepdeck trailer, flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Illinois and Michigan are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments that require lowboy or RGN trailers for freight transportation, as well.