Internet providers in Chicago, IL

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1. Xfinity
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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2. AT&T
91% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
3. Spectrum
33% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

4. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN
56% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (1)
5. Astound Broadband powered by RCN
70% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
6. EarthLink
56% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (44)
7. Rise Broadband
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. HughesNet
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
30Mbps

User Rating (124)

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9. Viasat
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
10. Ultra Home Internet
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
110Mbps

User Rating (0)
11. Earthlink Home Internet
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
LTE Home
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
12. Synergy Internet
93% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
13. Easy Internet Now
98% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
14. ConVergence Technologies, Inc.
33% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
15. Upstream
45% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
16. E-Vergent.com
57% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
60Mbps
17. Urban Communications
72% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
18. Everywhere Wireless
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Comcast Business
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (10)
2. Spectrum
33% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

3. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN
56% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (1)
4. Astound Broadband powered by RCN
70% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Rise Broadband
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. HughesNet
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
30Mbps

User Rating (124)

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7. Viasat
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. Easy Internet Now
98% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Ooma
50% available in Chicago
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
10. ConVergence Technologies, Inc.
33% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
11. Zayo Group
53% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
12. E-Vergent.com
57% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
60Mbps
13. Urban Communications
72% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
14. Everywhere Wireless
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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2. Verizon Wireless
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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3. AT&T Wireless
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

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4. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
4GLTE

User Rating
5. Mint
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

User Rating
6. Visible
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE

User Rating

How much internet speed do I need?

5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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What is the fastest internet provider in Chicago?

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Chicago with fiber speeds up to 5000 Mbps—that’s really fast, but probably more speed than you need. The Chicago area also has access to the smaller fiber internet service providers (ISPs) Upstream and Everywhere Wireless, each offering plans up to 1,000 Mbps. 

Chicago has two very fast cable ISPs for those that don’t have access to fiber. Xfinity is the fastest, with plans up to 1,200 Mbps. Xfinity came in at second in our fastest internet providers in 2022 analysis, higher than any other cable ISP.

ProviderMax speeds (download/upload)Internet typeView plans
AT&T5,000 Mbps/5,000 Mbps*Fiber, DSL
Xfinity1,200/35 MbpsCableView Plans
Astound BroadbandUp to 940/20 MbpsCableView Plans
EarthlinkUp to 5,000/5,000 MbpsFiber, DSLView Plans

Wireless speeds may vary.

 

What is the cheapest internet provider in Chicago?

Astound Broadband is the cheapest major ISP in Chicago, with its 110 Mbps plan starting at $19.99 per month. Xfinity also offers affordable plans starting at $25, but its budget plan offers less than half the speed at just 50 Mbps. While we recommend going with Astound Broadband’s speeds if your can, both of these reliable cable internet plans offer good value.  

 

ProviderPriceMax speedsView plans
Astound Broadband$19.99/mo.*Up to 110 MbpsView Plans
Xfinity$25.00/mo.**Up to 50 MbpsView Plans
Viasat$30.00/mo.***12 Mbps
AT&T$55.00/mo.*****300 Mbps

*12 Month Internet Pricing. Equipment priced separately

**For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement. Taxes and equipment not included.

***Offer available to new qualifying customers. One-time standard installation fee may be due at checkout. Minimum 24-month service term required. Equipment lease fee is $12.99/mo. Taxes apply. Service is not available in all areas. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time.

****Price after $5/mo. Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes & fees. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.

 

 

What are the fiber internet providers in Chicago?

The main fiber internet provider in Chicago is AT&T, with fiber speeds up to 5,000 Mbps. Earthlink also provides fiber internet in Chicago, with symmetrical speeds up to 5,000 Mbps and the top spot in our annual customer satisfaction survey.

The smaller fiber ISPs, Upstream and Everywhere Wireless also gigabit fiber internet plans in the Chicago area. 

Fiber internet providers in Chicago

  • AT&T —Fiber speeds up to 5,000 Mbps
  • EarthLink—Fiber speeds up to 5,000 Mbps
  • Everywhere Wireless—Fiber speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Upstream—Fiber speeds up to 1,000 Mbps

 

Chicago residential internet coverage

Most of the greater Chicago area has only two major options for broadband internet, but people living near the shoreline—either in the Hyde Park area or around Wrigley Field—will have a few more.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) defines broadband as internet service with at least 25 Mbps download speed and at least 3 Mbps upload speed. Those speeds are enough for most internet activities, including streaming video or playing games online.

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“My At&t internet service is fast and reliable and they have been more than generous in giving me good deals in pricing my service.”

Willie Listenbee | Chicago, IL

AT&T Customer

2014-10-17

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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 annual internet customer satisfaction survey, and it received the top rating in every category. 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 customers rated their satisfaction with Earthlink a 4.2 out of 5 stars.

AT&T also scored well in our customer satisfaction survey, with an overall satisfaction rating of 3.8 out of 5.

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How expensive is high-speed internet?

The average stand-alone internet service is around $50.00 per month and goes up to $60.00 per month after the promotional period.

Read more about How expensive is high-speed internet?

AT&T vs. Xfinity

If you need a lot of speed for your large household, go with AT&T Fiber. Opt for Xfinity to get its widely available high speeds.

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AT&T vs Spectrum

Choose AT&T Internet for easy setup and installation, and good pricing on gigabit plans. Choose Spectrum for simplified billing with fewer added fees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best internet service provider in Chicago?

AT&T, EarthLink, Xfinity, and Spectrum Internet services all have a lot to offer, but based on our annual customer satisfaction survey, Earthlink has the happiest customers. Earthlink customers scored their satisfaction with internet prices, speeds, reliability, and customer service higher than any other ISP. They can go toe-to-toe with any provider on speeds with their gigabit plans, and they have a customer-centered approach with no data caps and no deceptive teaser rates. 

AT&T also got high marks in our satisfaction survey (coming in second overall), but Xfinity and Spectrum fell in the rankings compared to last year. They both rank in the bottom third of the 12 ISPs included in the survey. Still, both offer fast speeds and reasonable prices for internet plans and are worth looking into. In fact, 87% of customers from both providers report that their internet speeds meet their internet needs.

What’s the best deal on internet service in Chicago?

If you’re simply looking for the lowest price, Xfinity offers internet services starting around $30.00 per month. (Keep in mind that this is a promotional price that increases after the first year.)

If you want the most speed for the price, you want the Xfinity gigabit extra package (if it’s available in your area) for at least the first year. It costs over $80.00 per month, but it delivers the best ratio of speed to price.

For a good speed-to-price ratio in a more affordable price range, you have several provider options. Xfinity has the best promotional rates, but they go up after a year. Bundling with AT&T actually offers the best long-term deal. By bundling you can get AT&T internet service for $40.00 per month. And, since it’s a bundle, that price won’t increase, but you will have the additional cost of the TV, home phone, or mobile service you bundle with.

What’s the best Chicago provider for bundling TV and internet?

The best Chicago provider for bundling TV and internet is Xfinity. RCN is also a solid option if you’d rather go with a smaller provider with cheaper packages. Both providers offer discounts for bundling, but we’d recommend going with Xfinity if it’s available. With an Xfinity internet and TV bundle, you’d get access to X1 TV and Xfinity Flex—that’s enough entertainment to keep you happy for a long time.

Will my apartment management set up my internet service?

Many Chicago residents can get internet service included in their monthly rent. While this is common, it’s not universal. It will vary by area and even by each individual landlord.

Getting internet service through your apartment management can be a good deal because they can sometimes negotiate a bulk rate with the Internet Service Provider (ISP). However, because the ISP has a deal with the management instead of the individual customers, it may not be as responsive. Plus, going through your landlord can limit your choices.

Whether you should go with the internet option included with your apartment or find your own will vary in each individual case, but here’s some more information about internet for apartments to help you decide.

What do I need to install AT&T?

If you’re on a tight budget, you could save money up front by installing your internet service yourself. We recommend using the installation guides in our resources section. (Here’s the AT&T Installation Guide as an example.) They’ll walk you through the process and help ensure you don’t make any mistakes that will cost you more than you’re saving.

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What is the best internet provider in Chicago?

Internet Provider Types in Chicago


Cable

78%
Coverage


DSL

86%
Coverage


Fiber

77%
Coverage

Internet Speed Availability in Chicago


3 Mbps

100%
Availability


10 Mbps

100%
Availability


25 Mbps

100%
Availability

Broadband Internet Availability

(Internet faster than 25 Mbps)

100%
Chicago
100%
Illinois
79%
USA

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Summary of Chicago internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
AT&T DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 2.0/5
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
2.5/5
Astound Broadband Powered by RCN Cable 1000 Mbps 1.5/5
Astound Broadband powered by RCN Cable 1000 Mbps 1.5/5
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.0/5
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 30 Mbps 1.5/5
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5
Ultra Home Internet 5G Home 110 Mbps N/A
Earthlink Home Internet LTE Home 100 Mbps N/A
Synergy Internet DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A
Easy Internet Now Fiber 1000 Mbps 4.5/5
ConVergence Technologies, Inc. Fixed Wireless 10 Mbps N/A
Upstream Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A
E-Vergent.com Fixed Wireless 60 Mbps N/A
Urban Communications Fixed Wireless 100 Mbps N/A
Everywhere Wireless Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Chicago

XFINITY

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Jaymes W | 03-30-2022

Their service goes out everyday. Not worth what they charge, not worth anything really.

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Theresa A | 03-20-2022

Too slow I just have basic internet only 3mbps download. I have many problems with Zoom crashing. Customer service is OK. It is reliable though.

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Ben C | 01-12-2022

The worse internet possible

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