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Internet service providers in Chicago

It’s easy to find your choices for home internet in Chicago. AT&T and XFINITY lead the way for coverage in your part of Chicago and offer a variety of internet options.

With Allconnect®, you can quickly and easily compare all Chicago internet providers and plans just by giving us a call. You choose the plans that fits your needs best and we help get you setup with your Chicago internet provider in minutes.

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Internet providers in Chicago

Here’s a rundown of what the largest internet providers in Chicago have to offer: 

 

ATT

With speeds ranging from 5 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps, AT&T offers fiber-optic and DSL connections for mild to avid internet users. Enjoy free installation and a free Wi-Fi router with a standalone internet plan or bundle with TV or phone for extra savings.

Xfinity

Get speeds starting at 25 Mbps with XFINITY cable internet. Stream, game and browse on multiple internet-connected devices and get free installation when you order. Need even faster speeds? Upgrade your internet plan to speeds up to 1 Gbps or 1,000 Mbps.

What types of internet are available in Chicago?

Cable and DSL internet providers cover most of Chicago. Fiber-optic internet is expanding in Chicago but is currently only available to 29.8% of Chicago homes. Fiber coverage in this area primarily comes from smaller providers like Zayo Group and Abry Partners. Internet speeds in Chicago range from 3 Mbps to 1 Gbps or 1,000 Mbps, depending on Chicago internet provider and connection type.

Check to see which internet types are available at your ZIP code in Chicago.

  att att xfinity
Internet type DSL Fiber Cable
Coverage 97% Specific AT&T fiber coverage unavailable 96.8%

Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. Source: Broadbandmap.gov

How to compare internet types in Chicago

Cable, DSL and fiber internet each have their pros and cons. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect with each internet type in Chicago.

  • High availability
  • Easy to bundle
  • Disruptions during high traffic times

  • High availability
  • Reliable and cost-effective
  • Limited speeds
  • Subject to slower speeds due to distance from operations center

  • Fastest speeds
  • High bandwidth
  • Low availability

  • High availability
  • Reliable connection
  • Prone to weather-related disruptions in service

What’s the best Chicago internet in my area?

Availability, speeds and pricing are important factors to consider when choosing the best internet in Chicago for your home. Here’s how each home internet provider in Chicago ranks in each category.*

As ranked by Reviews.com as of 07/09/18. Reviews.com is owned and operated by an affiliate of Allconnect, Inc. However, Allconnect, Inc. is not involved in or responsible for the production of Reviews.com content, including the rankings cited on this page.

Availability, speeds and pricing for each provider will vary by location and are subject to change.

Source: Broadbandmap.gov

AT&T

  • Best value for your money

XFINITY

  • Best speed tier offering

 

Here are three important factors to consider when choosing an internet plan:

AVAILABILITY

What service is available in your neighborhood? Where you live is a factor in your choices. Cable and DSL tend to serve densely populated areas; fiber internet serves a small but growing footprint. Here’s how local Chicago internet providers rank on availability:

1. AT&T (100%)

2. XFINITY (96.8%)

COST

Your monthly cost for service is only part of the expense. Other factors, such as installation and equipment purchase/rental contribute to total cost. Some carriers offer free installation and free or discounted equipment when you meet certain conditions, such as bundling or automatic payments. Here’s how Chicago internet providers rank on cost:

1. AT&T

2. XFINITY

SPEED

Like to stream, game and videoconference? Will multiple users connect at once in your house? The more speed the better. Here’s how internet providers in Chicago rank on speed:

1. XFINITY (up to 2,000 Mbps)

2. AT&T (up to 1,000 Mbps)

Fastest internet in Chicago: up to 2000 Mbps

  1. 1.  AT&T: Download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  2. 2.  XFINITY: Download speeds up to 100 Mbps

Although AT&T fiber internet can connect you to speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, fiber technology has yet to reach much of the Chicago area and may not be available in your area.

For the majority of the Chicago area, XFINITY internet plans with speeds ranging from 25 to 2,000 Mbps are available. These speeds are capable of handling most online activity, such as HD streaming, online gaming and connecting multiple devices at once.

Availability, speeds and pricing for each provider will vary by location and are subject to change.

What internet speeds do you need in Chicago?

Fast internet speeds in Chicago are likely going to pricier than slower plans. To get the most value out of your internet plan, consider your internet usage and what online activities you enjoy most.

Internet speeds Commonly available with Ideal for
3-10 Mbps DSL Web browsing, sending emails, downloading pictures and music
15-25 Mbps DSL, Cable Streaming in SD, online gaming, connecting 2-3 devices
40-75 Mbps Cable, Fiber Streaming in HD, online gaming, downloading multiple songs at once, connecting 4-7 devices at once
100+ Mbps Cable, Fiber Streaming in HD or 4K, online gaming with less lag, video conferencing, connecting 8+ devices at once

Speeds will vary by provider and your selected plan. Find out what’s available near your home.

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Cheapest internet in Chicago: $24.99/mo.*

You can get cable internet service in Chicago for an affordable price from the following providers:

1. XFINITY

2. AT&T

XFINITY has the cheapest internet in Chicago with download speeds up to 25 Mbps starting at $24.99. AT&T offers speeds up to 5 Mbps for $40/mo. The speeds you need will depend on how many internet-connect devices are in your home, your browsing activity and the amount of your users that will be active.

Use Allconnect to check if these cheap internet plans are available in your Chicago home, and compare them to other plans in your area. Enter your ZIP code to see cheap internet plans in Chicago or give us a call today.

Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 07/10/18.

 

How to find free Chicago Wi-Fi internet

It’s good to stay connected when you’re out and about. Public libraries in Chicago provide free Wi-Fi in their buildings. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops and shopping centers also maintain Wi-Fi networks for their customers. You can find free Wi-Fi in Chicago here.

In addition, some internet providers include access to Wi-Fi hotspots around Chicago to their customers. While some providers may limit Wi-Fi hotspot access to customers with certain plans, other providers offer this to all of their customers.

Here are the details on Wi-Fi hotspot access for Chicago internet providers:

AT&T: No restrictions; just log onto attwifi network. You can see a map of AT&T hotspot locations here.

XFINITY: Free to any XFINITY customer. You can see a map of XFINITY Wi-Fi hotspot locations here.

Last updated on 07/10/18.

Get better home services in Chicago

Whether you’re new to the Chicago area or just looking for faster internet, cheaper cable service and more reliable home phone, our TV and internet experts can make the process simple. Call Allconnect now to get the most up-to-date pricing and offers from major national providers. We’ll find and compare providers in your area to help you select a plan that’s right for you and your family.

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