Internet providers in
Chicago, IL

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1. AT&T
Available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Xfinity
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
300Mbps
3. Spectrum
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. RCN
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Viasat
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. WOW!
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
7. Atlantic Broadband
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. AT&T
Available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Xfinity
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
300Mbps
3. Spectrum
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. RCN
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Viasat
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. Megapath
Available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. WOW!
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
8. TW Telecom
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Cogent Communication
Available in Chicago
10. Level 3 Communications
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Zayo Group
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
12. Atlantic Broadband
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
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1. AT&T
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
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2. Sprint
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE
3. T-Mobile
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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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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AT&T vs. RCN

AT&T vs. RCN

Choose AT&T Internet for easy setup and installation. Choose RCN for high customer satisfaction.

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Xfinity vs. AT&T

AT&T vs. Xfinity

Get Xfinity for low promotional prices. Go with AT&T for lower equipment fees.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best cable Internet Service Provider in Chicago?
AT&T, RCN, and Xfinity internet services all have a lot to offer, but based on our customer satisfaction survey and reviews, RCN is your best option and AT&T is a close second. Both AT&T and RCN offer internet services with download speeds up to 1000 Mbps, but RCN edges out AT&T in customer satisfaction.
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 package (if it’s available in your area) for at least the first year. It costs over $100.00 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?

While most of the providers in Chicago offer some sort of TV bundle, your two best options are AT&T and RCN. Both offer discounts for bundling and high customer satisfaction scores. Choose AT&T U-verse if its available. It has the highest combined customer satisfaction scores for TV and internet.*

If U-verse isn’t available in your area, RCN is a great second choice. It has the highest customer satisfaction scores for internet service, and it scored well in customer satisfaction for TV.*

*According to CableTV.com

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 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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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.

“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

AT&T, Xfinity, and RCN all average 3.5 out of 5 stars for their respective internet services in our customer reviews. All three ISPs also scored well in our 2018 independent customer satisfaction survey. AT&T and Xfinity both earned overall customer satisfaction scores of 3.9 out of 5. RCN placed just ahead of them and was the highest-rated ISP for overall customer satisfaction, scoring a 4 out of 5.

Despite Atlantic Broadband offering fast internet speeds, its customer scores are a little behind its competitors, with an average of 3 out 5 stars. That’s not a bad score, but the other provider options in Chicago are a bit higher.

Fastest Internet Service Providers in Chicago

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

RCN offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Atlantic Broadband offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 300 Mbps

What is the best internet provider in Chicago?

Summary of Chicago Internet Providers

ProviderTypeDownload speeds up toUser Rating
AT&TDSL & Fiber1000 Mbps3.0/5
XfinityCable300 Mbps3.5/5
SpectrumCable100 Mbps3.5/5
RCNCable & Fiber1000 Mbps3.5/5
ViasatSatellite25 MbpsN/A
WOW!Cable50 Mbps3.5/5
Atlantic BroadbandCable & Fiber1000 Mbps3.0/5
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

AT&T Customer

AT&T is a very dependable provider. Only problem is during peak hours, it slows down. In the early morning hours, it runs fast. During the late afternoon and evening, it slows down traffic. I'm not sure if it's AT&T or their modem/ router that makes it run slow. Some people change their routers and the problem is gone.

Robert Orlik Chicago, IL2017-03-16

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51/75people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

I have had AT&T Uverse service for a while now and have never had any real problems with the service. It is reliable and dependable and it a service that I would recommend.

Jorge Granda Chicago, IL2015-07-12

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28/56people found this review helpful


Internet speeds are frustratingly inconsistent. The variance is between one hundred Mbs and one point zero Mbs. Periods between four PM and eleven PM are particularly problematic. Service is fair to poor. Scheduling a service technician a few days out, does little to remedy a drop in service, right now. When the technicians do arrive, nothing out of order is discovered and no remedy is rendered. I wish there were a viable option.

James Kinney Chicago, IL2015-06-17

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90/109people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

THE PRICE IS WAY TO HIGH FOR THE SPEED WHICH IS VERY SLOW PLUS I AM PAYING MORE FOR THE UVERSE THEN ANYONE I KNOW WHO HAS A FASTER MORE RELIABLE SERVICE. WHICH REMINDS ME MINE HAS TO GO DOWN AT LEAST 1 OR MORE TIMES PER WEEK,

TOD WINKELMAN Chicago, IL2015-05-31

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35/40people found this review helpful


November sixth this isp is being shut down by Sprint the new owner. I do not know where I'll find internet at the same price. I don't need real speed just enough to post pictures and such. I have been with this company since they put up towers in my area. I truly feel the need to see what the costs are to start up my own isp as customers are freely available in this area for sure!

Phillip Stotler Chicago, IL2015-05-26

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17/21people found this review helpful


I currently have Comcast high speed internet. Although this internet is good for streaming movies and has very good speed, it is really too expensive. However, it is the only high speed internet available in my area, so I have no choice but to go with it. I wish Google high speed internet was available in Chicago. Another complaint I have about it is that it doesn't really send a good signal throughout my condo unit.

Jennifer S Chicago, IL2015-02-08

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47/53people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

Since 2009, I been having internet speed issues. I call customer service and they tell me that my internet speed varies from time to time when I'm paying for a specific Mbps package.

Christal C Chicago, IL2015-01-27

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20/23people found this review helpful


the best, always hundred percent of internet. im almost four years with RCN... and very excited with service.

Edmond Mehana Chicago, IL2015-01-10

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31/37people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

I have been using AT&T U verse internet service for about two years now and have not had any major problems with it. I could use a new notebook computer, a quad core, the one I have is a dual core and it is a bit slow. However, the AT&T U Verse service is very good.

Jorge Granda Chicago, IL2014-12-10

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14/21people found this review helpful


The price of internet and phone is way to much. We loose connection alot . After we bought our router ,it took a long time to get the charges removed from the one we use to rent.

Martin Derenski Chicago, IL2014-11-13

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20/23people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

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, IL2014-10-17

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12/14people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

AT&T U Verse service is very reliable and I never really have that much of a problem with it. Usually, it works just fine without any type of occurrence, and when something does present itself, it is always fixed in minutes. I am very happy with the service and think that it is just fine.

Jorge Granda Chicago, IL2014-10-17

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14/15people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

AT&T U Verse service is fairly reliable and very good for the price. A few days ago I experienced a problem with the service and it was back up the next day. It was very usual, I have never had this problem before. Both the TV and internet service kept going down and then it came back. This went on all night, the next day the problem had been fixed. Therefore, I would say that AT&T U Verse TV and internet service is very good and reliable. If you ever have a problem, they will fix it fast.

Jorge Granda Chicago, IL2014-07-24

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14/20people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

The AT&T u verse service is great, I've had this service for a while now and never had any problems with it. The speed is pretty good and the service has never gone down. I would definitely recommend AT&T U Verse to anyone!

Jorge Granda Chicago, IL2014-06-24

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9/10people found this review helpful


i love comcast internet so much because it's fast and also i can have lots of devices going and i am able to stream movies and music with no promblem

Sydney Anderson Chicago, IL2014-06-24

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15/18people found this review helpful


Comcast internet is fast in my area, but sometimes it seems to go down and I have to reboot the gateway. The pricing is a little on the high side, but it seems to be the norm that every provider goes up every year.

Matthew Kirchhoff Chicago, IL2014-06-24

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12/15people found this review helpful


my best friend has had them longer then i have so he knows better then i do but what i have seen of them its great .

Paul H Chicago, IL2014-04-20

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9/10people found this review helpful


I like the High Speed Internet its very fast. The Telephone service is great but I dislike the choice of movies in the premium channels its has too much repeat of the same movies

WILLIAM HOWARD Chicago, IL2014-04-14

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12/13people found this review helpful


Comcast has a fast internet speed. The business side is what I use it is much faster than the normal resident speed. They are over priced because they are the only available service in my area. The customer service is not that great.

Tanya Grays Chicago, IL2014-04-14

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15/18people found this review helpful

AT&T Customer

ATT has been a reliable provider, though the price is higher than I would like to pay and the speeds are inconsistent, especially when streaming via HBOGO or Netflix. I hope they allocate more bandwidth for these services in the future.

Mike Dunn Chicago, IL2014-03-24

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11/14people found this review helpful

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