985 miles taking this route: Take I-55 NORTH from Jackson to I-57 NORTH to CHICAGO at EXIT 66A in MISSOURI. Take I-57 NORTH to I-80 EAST to INDIANA at EXIT 345A in CHICAGOLAND, ILLINOIS. Take I-80 EAST to I-94 EAST to DETROIT in INDIANA. Continue on I-94 EAST to Detroit.
Lake Michigan is to the east or northeast of Chicago. Lake Superior is north on the other side of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Lake Huron is north east between the two parts of Michigan. Lake Erie and Ontario are east.