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Internet Service Providers in Chicago

It’s easy to find your choices for home internet in Chicago. AT&T and Spectrum Charter 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 of the internet providers and plans in Chicago  just by searching your address. And, it’s completely free to use. You choose the plans that fits your needs best and we help get you setup with your chicago internet provider in minutes.

Ready to get started? Click the link below to see internet plans for your home in Chicago.

What types of internet are available in Chicago?

Cable and DSL internet providers cover most of Chicago. Fiber internet is expanding in Chicago but is currently only available 22% of Chicago homes. Internet speeds in Chicago range from 3 Mbps to 1000 Mbps, depending on Chicago internet provider and delivery type.

 

Internet Technology Availability

Internet type

% of Chicago covered

Providers

Cable

99%

XFINITY, Spectrum

DSL

97%

AT&T

Fiber

22%

AT&T

 

Source: Broadbandmap.gov

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

How to compare internet types in Chicago

Cable, DSL and fiber internet each have their pros and cons. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons for each internet type in Chicago.

CABLE

Pros: Cable internet is available wherever cable TV is, making it a convenient choice for people in urban areas. It can be bundled with TV, and sometimes home phone, to save money on monthly bills.

Cons: Network performance and connection quality may degrade during high-traffic times.

DSL

Pros: DSL is available wherever phone service is and uses the same lines but on a different frequency. It's always on and can also be used when the phone line is in use. Plus, using existing phone lines typically brings lower prices.

Cons: Speeds are limited by DSL technology. Also, the farther you live from the network operations center, the slower service may be.

FIBER

Pros: Fiber internet is capable of fast, consistent speeds and not subject to weather or web traffic volume as with other internet types. Its high capacity makes it ready for future internet speed needs.

Cons: It’s not available in all areas and can be more expensive than cable or DSL.  

The best internet carrier and plan for you might depend on where you live. Click below to check which internet providers are available in your Chicago area.

Chicago, IL internet providers

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

ATT Chicago internet
  • Fiber-optic and DSL connections
  • DSL speeds up to 50 Mbps download
  • Fiber speeds up to 1,000 Mbps download
  • Free installation and Wi-Fi router
  • Bundling offered with TV and phone
Xfinity Chicago internet
  • Cable connection
  • Speeds up to 100 Mbps download, 100 Mbps upload
  • Use up to 8 devices
  • Special offers and free Installation
  • TV and home phone bundles available

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.*

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%)

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. AT&T (up to 1000 Mbps)

2. XFINITY (up to 100 Mbps)

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 (starting at $30/mo.)

2. XFINITY (starting at $24.99/mo.)

 

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

Source: Broadbandmap.gov

 

Fastest internet in Chicago: up to 1000 Mbps

AT&T fiber internet can connect you to download speeds up to 1000 Mbps. However, fiber technology has yet to reach much of the Chicago area, so speeds up to 1000 mbps may not be available for your home.

For the majority of the Chicago area, XFINITY internet plans with speeds up to 100 Mbps are the fastest 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 be 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.

Chicago Internet Speeds

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

 

What internet speeds can you expect for your home in Chicago? Click below to enter your address. We’ll display all the available internet plans and speeds for you to compare.

Cheapest internet in Chicago: $29.99/mo.*

You can get cable internet service in Chicago from XFINITY starting at $29.99 per month. Speeds vary by location, but you can expect download speeds ranging from 10 to 25 Mbps with this plan. This internet plan is good for moderate internet users who only have 2-5 devices hooked up to the internet at a time.

Use Allconnect to check if this cheap internet plan is available in your Chicago home, and compare it to other plans in your area. Enter your address to see cheap internet plans in Chicago.

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

How to find free Wi-Fi internet in Chicago

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.