Internet providers in Chicago, IL

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1. AT&T
14% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Xfinity
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
  • Self installation –  Easy online ordering 
3. Spectrum
1% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
4. EarthLink
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. RCN
21% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
6. WOW!
16% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
7. Rise Broadband
7% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. Viasat
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
9. HughesNet
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
10. Magnum Wireless
2% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
11. Convergence Technologies, Inc.
45% available in Chicago
12. Urban Communications
56% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
13. Everywhere Wireless
94% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
14. Foresite Wireless, LLC
63% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
15. E-Vergent.com
3% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
16. Atlantic Broadband
19% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Comcast Business
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (0)
2. RCN
21% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Megapath
87% available in Chicago
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
4. WOW!
16% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Rise Broadband
7% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. Viasat
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. HughesNet
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
8. E-Vergent.com
3% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
9. Foresite Wireless, LLC
63% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
10. Magnum Wireless
2% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
11. Convergence Technologies, Inc.
45% available in Chicago
12. T-Mobile
99% available in Chicago
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
13. Urban Communications
56% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
14. Zayo Group
11% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
15. Atlantic Broadband
19% available in Chicago
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
16. Everywhere Wireless
94% available in Chicago
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in Chicago
Connection:
Mobile
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4GLTE

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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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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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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 cable internet service provider in Chicago?

AT&T, Xfinity, and Spectrum internet services all have a lot to offer, but based on our 2020 customer satisfaction survey, Xfinity has the happiest customers of the three. Xfinity was rated the highest in the country for internet speeds, which is not surprising given that Xfinity has a wide variety of blazing fast internet plans at competitive prices. Spectrum provides good internet and cable TV bundling options, as does AT&T. AT&T also offers great introductory pricing on a variety of plans. 

EarthLink is definitely worth considering as well. 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. No wonder they took first overall in our 2020 customer satisfaction survey.

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?

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 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

99%
Coverage


DSL

97%
Coverage


Fiber

22%
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
95%
Illinois
79%
USA

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.

(5/5)

 

“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 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

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Summary of Chicago internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Spectrum Cable 940 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
3.0/5
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.5/5
RCN Cable & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
WOW! Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps N/A
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
Magnum Wireless Fixed Wireless 10 Mbps N/A
Convergence Technologies, Inc. Fixed Wireless 10 Mbps N/A
Urban Communications Fixed Wireless 100 Mbps N/A
Everywhere Wireless Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A
Foresite Wireless, LLC Fixed Wireless 6 Mbps N/A
E-Vergent.com Fixed Wireless 6 Mbps N/A
Atlantic Broadband Cable & Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.5/5

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

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Todd T | 12-08-2018

Terrible terrible company. Impossible to get service. Our internet is a disaster and literally cannot pay someone to come fix it. Worst internet provider I have ever had.

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AT&T

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Robert O | 03-16-2017

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.

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AT&T

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Jorge G | 07-11-2015

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.

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