Transporting a bike from Ca to IL is a trip of approximately 2300 miles depending on where you are located. Transit times can be from 5 to 7 or less depending on how many deliveries and pickups a driver has along the way or if any complications occur, such as flat tires , mechanical issues or severe weather conditions. Unfortunately during winter season this route is mainly covered by snow and bad road conditions and delays are almost guaranteed when shipping during this time, therefore it is important you plan in advance so you can be prepared in case delays do occur. During summer when the road conditions clear up, transit times can be from 4 - 6 days and will be prompt for the most part.
Because the trip is long, prices to ship a bike between these two states can be from $700 - $1000, the price range can vary depending on the model of the bike, whether you request a cradle for custom bikes or whether you decide to ship via open or enclosed carriers. This last decision is usually determined by the distance you are shipping; same county routes or 1 - 2 hour transit times can be done via open carriers, as these short distances do not excuse for the price of an enclosed carrier, now if you rather have it well secured no matter the distance, it's up to your judgment. However, when shipping long distances such as CA to IL, it is recommended you ship via enclosed carrier to make sure the bike is safe and damage free during transit; especially if the bike is custom made as damages can be more expensive.
Bike transportation is usually done by a door-to-door service, as customers provide pickup and delivery locations. Sometimes addresses, especially for residence location, are not accessible for carriers and drivers will ask customer to meet them at a more open space nearby. Gated communities, narrow streets and trees are a big menace for drivers as carriers cannot go through these narrow spaces. There are cases that a door to door services is not possible as some customers are moving from one place to another and don't have a physical address yet, for these cases the service is done from a terminal. shipping companies offer different terminals where customer can drop off the bike for the carrier to pickup and/or deliver whichever is the case.
Providing as many details of your bike and what you need from the service is the best way to guarantee a safe and secure service. Planning in advance is very important as well, especially during winter season as delays are possible and you will need to plan for these scenarios. Once all details are taken care, you will enjoy a hassle free service.