Michigan to Illinois Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; the route from Grand Rapids to Springfield is a heavily traveled route.
The Grand Rapids, MI to Springfield, IL route is a 352 mile haul that takes more than 5 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Michigan to Illinois ranges from a minimum of 75 miles and 1.5 hours from Union Pier, MI to Orland Park, IL, and over 743 miles and a minimum of 11 hours on the road from Mackinaw City, MI to Mounds, IL. The shortest route from Michigan to Illinois is along the I-55 S; but there is a more easterly route that uses I-57 S that travels through Champaign, IL.
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 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 to Illinois Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Michigan and Illinois are mainly industrial, with many manufacturing and distribution centers throughout, we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed as well as by Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers. Our more common dry van trucks in both Michigan to Illinois 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.