Discover the cost to ship your beloved pets and most precious items to or from Chicago, IL
Transport anything safely to Chicago for as little as 54 cents per mile.
How much does it cost to transport a pet?
Successful pet transports from our marketplace for as little as 54 cents per mile.
Types of animals and pets we transport
Factors affecting the cost of shipping pets
Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your pet to Chicago.
Mode of Transportation
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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.
The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.
Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your pet to Chicago, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.
Health clearance and travel equipment
The first step to transporting your pet to Chicago is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.
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I had my puppy ship from Illinois to Georgia. The driver was very courteous he kept me informed with calls text and pictures of my puppy along the way. I highly recommend them.
How expensive is it to own and care for a pet in Chicago?
Chicago is a great city for any pup, but it might be tough on your wallet. Living in Chicago costs more than twice the US average, making pet ownership a difficult reality. Here's what you can expect to spend on common pet expenses.
First year of pet ownership
$100 - $2,000Purchase/acquire pet
$100 - $300Average of first year vet bills
$37 - $210Licensing/registrations
$125 - $700Average food costs (dependent on size of dog/brand of food)
$20 - $50Dog walking supplies
$25 - $150Toys and treats
$650 - $750Grooming (once a month)
$1,057 - $4,160Total yearly expenses
How Transporters Get Your Pets to Chicago and surrounding areas?
Transporting your pets to Chicago and the surrounding areas is easy with the help of transporters using CitizenShipper. Whether you’re looking for transportation to Naperville, Elgin, or any of the other cities in the vicinity, there are plenty of options available.
One of the most popular methods is by road. Chicago is accessible through several major highways, including Interstates 90 and 94, as well as US-20, US-41, and US-12. Transporters using CitizenShipper can take advantage of these highways and get your pets to their destination quickly and safely.
For longer distances, air transportation can be used to get your pets to Chicago or the surrounding areas. The city is served by two major airports: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. Transporters using our platform can easily book a flight for your pet and have them arrive in Chicago in no time.
Transporters using CitizenShipper are also able to transport pets to the nearby cities of Naperville and Elgin. These cities are accessible via Interstate 88 and US-20, respectively. With the help of transporters using our platform, your pet can travel to these cities in no time.
Whether you’re looking to transport your pets to Chicago or the surrounding areas, transporters using CitizenShipper have the skills and resources to get the job done. With their help, you can get your pets and precious items to their destination quickly and safely.
Navigating the Final Mile and Reducing Wait Times
To ensure that your driver reaches the destination the quickest, provide them with instructions on navigating the house or building's exact location. Additionally, you can request your driver to provide you with a tracking link using Google or Apple maps. This will not only reduce wait times at delivery but also reduce any anxiety you may have.
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No matter what you’re transporting, CitizenShipper has got you covered. We connect you with professional drivers eager and able to meet your requests.
What is the cost to ship your precious items to Chicago, IL?
What you're transporting to Chicago and how you choose to do it will determine the cost. Check out the examples and breakdown below.
Cost to ship a car
A host of factors determine how much it’ll cost to ship your vehicle to the Chicago area. This includes its size and condition, the time of year, pickup and drop-off locations, travel distance, whether you use an open or enclosed trailer and mode of transport.
Cars/light trucks, RVs, camper trailers, oversized/lifted trucks, antique/special care vehicles, and others.
Cost to ship a motorcycle
The origin state and transport distance will impact the cost of shipping your motorcycle. An enclosed trailer will protect your bike much better, but an open trailer costs significantly less.
Racing bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, cruising bikes/choppers, ATVs, 3-wheelers, and others.
Cost to ship a boat
Your boat is an investment – finding safe transportation should be too. The cost will vary based on your boat’s measurements, the season, and other factors, such as the mode and method of shipping.
Power/motorboats, fishing boats, sailboats, and others.
Cost to ship freight
Numerous variables determine the cost of freight shipping to the Chicago metropolitan area, such as how far it needs to go, its density or volume, whether you need extra accessories and the type of carrier you choose.
Less than a truckload, or a full truckload.
Cost to ship household items
You can use various options to move your household items to the Chicago area. The most common choices include renting a van and doing it yourself, hiring a furniture-moving company and utilizing peer-to-peer platforms like CitizenShipper to connect with qualified experts.
Household Items include:
Furniture, kitchen appliances, and boxes.
Cost to move
Moving homes is a hassle. Transporting your belongings doesn’t have to be. You can rent a van and move everything yourself or hire a company. Using professional movers will make the transition to the Chicago area less stressful and help prevent damage.
Apartment and House Moves include:
1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments, 3 bedroom house, 4 bedroom house, and a 5 bedroom house.
Cost to ship heavy equipment
The size of your equipment will directly affect the shipping cost. Flatbed hauling is the standard solution and sufficient for most heavy equipment transports.
Heavy Equipment include:
Tractors, excavators, backhoe loaders, skid steer loaders, forklift/telehandlers, and others.
Cost of running errands
The average cost of hiring an errand service in Chicago is around $30 per hour. Depending on the type of service you need, when you need it and how far the driver travels, you can spend as little as $15 per hour or as much as $100.
Local Errands include:
Grocery and meal delivery, office supplies shopping, sending and receiving packages and moving services.
Cost to ship fragile items
Transporting fragile items requires extra attention and care. The travel distance and mode and method of transport will determine the cost. CitizenShipper can connect you with qualified drivers who specialize in safely handling hard-to-ship items.
Special Care include:
Antiques, heirlooms, musical instruments, artwork, wine & spirits and other fragile items.
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I really like CitizenShipper because i can ship anything by them and its easy to use. I shipped my Jetski from Kansas to Iowa. I would use them again and again for anything i want to ship.
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Whitney was amazing! Very friendly, she arrived promptly and provided updates & pictures along the way; we felt very comfortable knowing she took great care of our puppy! Beyond happy and I totally recommend her!
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Love Citizenshipper! They do a fantastic job in weeding out great trustworthy drivers for your precious cargo. I have recommended them several times already. It's a very fast and efficient process. Thanks again!
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“Perfect job and communication for my old Harley Davidson Sportster! Thank you so much! See you next time.”
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Nico & Mica were amazing! They transported my silver lab puppy from MN to ME... They’re extremely on top of keeping you in the loop with the whereabouts in travel they are with your pup and very understanding when you ask lots of questions! I’d use them again in a heartbeat and I highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks again Nico & Mica ❤️
16+ completed shipments so far
Wow—this was a great experience! The word ‘care’ in the company name isn’t just a throw-in. It shows in how Shaun & the team help to make transporting a family member less stressful especially if you [like us] have never done this before. Special thanks to our driver, Larry. He’s caring, professional, flexible and someone we felt immediately comfortable with entrusting our daughter’s dog for a 3-day trip. Hard to see how you could do better than Bailey’s Best Care!
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