Moving from Arlington to Chicago (Movers from $1,408)

Quick answer: A move from Arlington to Chicago costs $659 to $6,636 and takes 1-6 days. The main factors that determine the cost and time are how much you’re moving, your move date, and whether you hire a company or do the 699-mile move yourself.

Hiring a long-distance moving company from Arlington will be more expensive, while renting a truck or using a moving container is usually cheaper but requires more work.

Moving the reverse route? We've got you covered with our Moving from Chicago to Arlington guide.

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How much does it cost to move from Arlington to Chicago?

Arlington movers charge $110 per hour on average. Here are average prices for a full-service moving company, moving container, or truck:

Move size Moving company Moving container Rental truck
Studio / 1 bedroom $1,408 - $4,704 $908 - $2,218 $624 - $1,192
2 - 3 bedrooms $2,619 - $6,636 $1,718 - $3,165 $659 - $1,458
4+ bedrooms $4,669 - $9,065 $2,345 - $4,276 $901 - $1,800
*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 699 miles and historical averages. The actual size of your move, additional services required, truck parking access, market conditions, and availability can greatly affect the final cost of your move.
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Factors influencing moving costs from Arlington to Chicago

The cost of Arlington movers will depend on:

  • Move size: The cost of your move will depend on the amount of items you have in your home. For example, moving a one-bedroom apartment from Arlington to Chicago can be as low as $1,408 while a four-bedroom home can be as high as $8,169.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in Arlington, so moving companies will likely charge more.
  • Do-it-yourself vs professional mover: Renting a truck or using a moving container can be cheaper options, with prices for a rental truck ranging from $624 to $1,571. However, these options require more work and effort compared to hiring professional movers.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from Arlington to Chicago?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Arlington to Chicago will cost between $1,408 to $4,704. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $2,619 to $6,636, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Arlington to Chicago will cost from $4,669 to $9,065.

How much are moving container companies from Arlington to Chicago?

Moving containers from Arlington to Chicago will cost you $908 to $2,218 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,718 to $3,165. A larger home will cost $2,345 to $4,276.

How much is a moving truck from Arlington to Chicago?

Renting a moving truck is usually the cheapest option, but it requires you to do all of the driving and labor.

Moving a studio or one-bedroom apartment in a rental truck will cost around $624 to $1,192. A larger move will cost $659 to $1,458, and a four-bedroom move from Arlington to Chicago costs from $901 to $1,800. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Arlington to Chicago moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Arlington to Chicago is a big deal.

There are more than 8,000 moving companies in the U.S. But don't worry, you won't have to filter through all of them. We've done the research for you and narrowed the list based on customer satisfaction, cost, and services. Here are the best long-distance moving companies serving Arlington to Chicago.

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Pros and cons of moving from Arlington to Chicago

Cost of living: Arlington vs Chicago

Arlington Chicago
Average rent cost $2,608 $1,595
Average home value $759,300 $306,098
Average income (per capita) $128,145 $65,601
Cost of Living (single person) $0 $1,001
Cost of Living (family of 4) $0 $3,584
Unemployment rate 4.0% 9.0%
Sales Tax 6.0% 10.25%
State Income Tax 5.75% 4.95%
  • Rent prices in Chicago are 39% lower than in Arlington.
  • Home prices in Chicago are 59.7% lower than in Arlington.
  • Income in Chicago is 48.8% lower than in Arlington.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Chicago is inf% higher than in Arlington.
  • The cost of living for a family in Chicago is inf% higher than in Arlington.
  • The unemployment rate in Chicago is 125.00% higher than in Arlington.
  • Sales taxes in Chicago are 70.83% higher than in Arlington.
  • State income taxes in Chicago are 13.91% lower than in Arlington.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $inf in Chicago to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Arlington.

How is life different in Arlington compared to Chicago?

Chicago Arlington
Population 2,746,388 238,643
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 9 9
Walkability score 77 71
Bike friendliness score 72 72
Crime Index 35.19 15.67
Safety Index 33.87 79.15
Air Quality Good Good
  • Chicago's population is about 1,051% greater than Arlington.
  • Chicago's public transportation has a similar score to Arlington.
  • Chicago is more walkable than Arlington with a score of 77 out of 100 vs Arlington's 71 out of 100.
  • Chicago and Arlington are similarily bike-friendly.
  • Chicago's crime rate is higher than Arlington with a score of 35.19 compared to Arlington's 15.67. This means that Chicago neighborhoods are safer than 35.19% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Arlington neighborhoods are safer than 15.67%.
  • Chicago is considered to be less safe than Arlington with a score of 33.87 vs Arlington's 79.15.
  • Air quality in Chicago is good, and in Arlington it's good.

Considerations for moving to Chicago

  • Weather: Although Chicago gets less snowfall than surrounding areas in the Midwest and the Great Lakes region, heavy snowfall could still affect your move in the wintertime..
  • HOA rules: Check ahead with any neighborhood or community rules on moving to ensure a smooth move.
  • Elevator reservation: If your building has an elevator you'll want to check on how to reserve it for move day.
  • Truck parking permits: Some cities require parking permits for large vehicles and moving trucks. Find out if you need any parking permits ahead of time.
  • State licensing: In Illinois, regulations on in-state moves and local movers are set forth by the Illinois Commerce Commission. To move household goods locally and intrastate, companies need to have a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, so make sure the companies you’re considering have one and that it’s current. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Illinois moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Illinois does not require any moving permits, but it is helpful to check local parking restrictions before moving into the state.
  • Change of address: We recommend submitting your change of address form with USPS at least a week prior to your move. You can set an official move date on the form and this way all of your mail will get properly forwarded to Chicago. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Choose cost-free Released Value Protection from movers for basic coverage at 60 cents per pound. For more extensive protection matching your items' full value, consult your moving company for alternative options or consider a third-party insurance provider.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local Arlington movers

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5613 Leesburg Pike Suite 14, Falls Church, VA, 22041
(800) 962-3660
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2720 Prosperity Ave, Fairfax, VA, 22031
(703) 997-0916

Visit our best long distance movers in Arlington page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews.

Where to live in Chicago

Now that you've decided to make the move to "Chi-Town", these are the best neighborhoods to move to in Chicago.

Best neighborhoods for singles:

  • Lake View
  • Lincoln Park
  • The Loop
  • Near North Side
  • West Town

Best neighborhoods for families:

  • Beverly
  • Edison Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • North Center
  • West Loop

What to do in Chicago

These are some of the best things to do in your new Illinois home.

  • Millennium Park, Crown Fountain, and The Cloud Gate
  • Navy Pier
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail
  • 360 Chicago and the John Hancock Center
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Field Museum
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • Willis Tower SkyDeck
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Wrigley Field
  • Chicago Pizza Tours
  • Oz Park
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Green Mill Jazz Club
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
  • The Chicago Theatre
  • The Second City

Get your sports on!

Chicago is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • Chicago Bears (NFL)
  • Chicago Cubs (MLB)
  • Chicago White Sox (MLB)
  • Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
  • Chicago Bulls (NBA)
  • Chicago Fire (MLS)
  • Chicago Sky (WNBA)

FAQ

When is the best time to move from Arlington to Chicago?

The best time to move from Arlington to Chicago is during the spring or fall. These seasons offer milder weather and avoid higher moving costs during the peak moving season in Arlington.

When is the cheapest time to move from Arlington to Chicago?

Because most people are moving from Arlington to Chicago in the spring or fall, you can often catch discounts by moving in the winter. Read our guide on moving discounts to learn more.

How long does a move from Arlington to Chicago take?

The 699-mile move from Arlington, VA, to Chicago, IL, takes 1-6 days. Some Arlington movers may offer expedited moving if you need it faster. If you need more time, ask your mover about storage options in Chicago.

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