Illinois to Virginia Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Chicago to Arlington is a very heavily traveled route.
The Chicago, IL to Arlington, VA shipping lane is a 698 mile trip that takes more than 11 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Virginia ranges from a minimum of 352 miles and over 6 hours on the road from Shawneetown, IL to Wheeler, VA, to over 1,064 miles and a minimum of 16 hours on the road from Galena, IL to Norfolk, VA. The shortest route from Illinois to Virginia is along the I-90 E; however, there’s also a more southerly route that uses the I-70 E, passing through Indianapolis, IN instead of Cuyahoga Falls, 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.
Virginia sits on the Atlantic Coast of the United States and is commonly referred to as “The Old Dominion”, which was named for being one of the oldest overseas dominions of the King and Queen of England. With agriculture occupying over 30% of the land in Virginia, a large part of the states income comes from soy, hay, peanuts, and tomatoes being the most profitable crop in the state, at one time tobacco used to be the number one grown crop in the state, while no longer the case the state is still the fifth- largest producer of tobacco in the nation.
Virginia’s main industry is the technology sector, with the computer chip being the highest grossing export since 2006 and the fourth-highest number of technology workers in the United States, only California, New York, and Texas remain higher, technology quickly took over as the states main export while surpassing the state’s traditional top exports of tobacco and coal combined. To coincide with Virginia’s position in the technology industry, The Pentagon, which is located in Arlington, is the headquarters of the Department of Defense, while the Central Intelligence Agency in located in Langley, Virginia. Virginian is also home to several other government agencies, the United States Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, and The United Sates Patent and Trademark Office, with all of these agencies and roughly 12% of all U.S. federal procurement money being spent in the state, providing over 900,000 jobs throughout the state and government contracts.
Illinois to Virginia Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois and Virginia are mostly industrial, 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 Virginia 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.