Based on the latest available census data, 100% of Chicagoans have access to broadband internet. AT&T and Xfinity offer broadband to most communities around Chicago. RCN and Atlantic Broadband also offer broadband internet service to some neighborhoods close to Lake Michigan.
The provider WOW! also offers internet service in a few blocks around UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) and in areas north of O’Hare or south of Midway, as well as some of the western suburbs. If these options don’t work for you, Viasat offers satellite internet service to nearly the entire Chicagoland area.
Most of these providers also offer TV service, which means you can save when you bundle the two services together. Even AT&T, the major internet provider for much of Chicago, offers discounts when you bundle with DIRECTV.
Highest-rated internet service providers in Chicago
EarthLink earned the top overall rating in our 2020 internet provider customer satisfaction survey, and received the top rating in a whopping six out of eight categories in the survey. EarthLink’s customer-centered approach is clearly working — the provider offers fast speeds, no data caps, and no teaser rates, which means no surprise price hikes down the line. EarthLink was the top-rated ISP for installation, billing, tech support, customer service, equipment, and for its app, and it had an overall satisfaction rating of 4.01 out of 5.
AT&T, Xfinity, and Spectrum also scored well in our customer satisfaction survey and reviews, with overall satisfaction ratings above 3.8 out of 5. Xfinity had the top rating for internet speeds, while AT&T was a standout in the installation and setup category, and Spectrum received solid marks across the board.
Fastest internet service providers in Chicago
AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
RCN offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
EarthLink offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps