Internet Service Providers in
Chicago, IL

Providers in Chicago, IL

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Speeds up to245 Mbps
5G Home Internet 62% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
Speeds up to5000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 48% coverage in Chicago, IL Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to1000 Mbps
Fiber Internet 34% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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Fiber Internet 92% coverage in Chicago, IL Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to150 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 97% coverage in Chicago, IL Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to1200 Mbps
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Cable & Fiber Internet 69% coverage in Chicago, IL Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to25 Mbps
Fixed Wireless Internet 99% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
Speeds up to1000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 99% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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DSL & Fiber Internet 93% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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Fixed Wireless Internet 72% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to60 Mbps
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Fixed Wireless Internet 57% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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Fiber Internet 45% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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Fixed Wireless Internet 37% coverage in Chicago, IL Reliability data not available
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Best internet providers in Chicago, IL

Xfinity Internet: Fast speeds and widely available

Xfinity Internet: Fast speeds and widely available

pro
Pros
pro Fast data plans for everyone
pro No equipment fees on higher-tier data plans
pro No contracts
con
Cons
con Not much fiber availability
con Equipment rental fees for lower-tier plans

If there’s one thing you can rely on for Xfinity internet, it's getting fast download speeds basically anywhere in Chicago. Most Windy City residents can get Xfinity speeds ranging from 75Mbps to 800Mbps. You can get even faster data speeds if you happen to live in an area of Chicago with fiber internet, but it’s more likely you’ll max out at 800Mbps with a cable internet connection. For most people, anything close to 800Mbps is more than enough for any household of streamers and gamers.

You can save some money on your internet and cell phone bill if you sign up for an Xfinity cell phone plan along with your internet plan. Xfinity Mobile offers  

Best Xfinity internet plan for most people: Xfinity Fast, 400Mbps for $55/mo.

We recommend the Xfinity Fast plan for most folk living in Chicago. This plan hits that sweet spot of providing enough internet speed for just about any household of four or less people.

AT&T Internet: Best fiber internet

AT&T Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Affordable fiber plans
pro No data caps for fiber plans
pro Included equipment cost
con
Cons
con Data caps for non-fiber plans
con Not much fiber availability

We recommend taking a “fiber or bust” approach with AT&T internet. In other words, if you have fiber internet in your area, you should choose AT&T. But if you don’t we recommend looking elsewhere—to a cable or 5G home internet provider. AT&T offers up some of the best fiber internet plans in the country, and it’s available in parts of Chicago.

Here’s why you should be excited for AT&T fiber: These plans are affordable but also very fast. Your download and upload speeds can range from 1,000Mbps to a mind-boggling 5,000Mbps, depending upon what plan you choose. You don’t need to worry about data caps or contracts either.

Best AT&T internet plan for most people: AT&T Internet 1000, 1,000Mbps for $80/mo.]

AT&T Internet 1000 gets you gigabit internet speeds for a reasonable price. You shouldn’t have any issues at all sharing a fast internet connection with a house full of streamers or gamers.

Google Fiber Webpass

Google Fiber Webpass pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Gigabit speeds
pro No data caps
pro Free equipment
con
Cons
con Very little availability
con No plans over 1,000Mbps

You can get gigabit speeds for as low as $63 a month with this unique service from Google Fiber, which uses an antenna to dispatch a fixed wireless connection to apartment buildings and multi-family dwellings. The plan beats out the pricing from AT&T’s gigabit fiber plan, and you don’t need to pay for installation fees, annual contracts, expiring promo pricing, or data overage charges. You just need to live with the fact that you can’t get any data speeds over 1,000Mbps.

Best Google Fiber Webpass plan for most people: $63 home internet—1,000Mbps for $63/mo.]

We recommend sticking with the gigabit internet plan from Google Fiber Webpass. It’s one of the cheapest rates you can get for a gigabit internet plan in the city, and there are no annoying extra fees to inflate your bill.

T Mobile
T-Mobile Home Internet
pro Speeds up to 245 Mbps
pro 5G + Home connections
ATT
AT&T
pro Speeds up to 5000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections

Cheapest internet providers in Chicago, IL

The cheapest internet providers get you a reliable connection at an affordable price. You may have to settle for slower speeds, but you can also find promos and discounts. Hot tip: Look for providers with unlimited data and no extra fees to save even further.

Provider
Price starting at
Connection Type
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Xfinity
$9.95Cable
Astound Broadband
$20Fiber
Astound Broadband
$20Cable

Internet connection options in Chicago, IL

Fiber availability

78%

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Renowned for its reliability, fiber can reach download and upload speeds up to 10,000Mbps. While it isn’t available everywhere, it’s the best internet you can get.

Cable availability

86%

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Cable is bread-and-butter internet—widely available, often affordable, and very fast, delivering download speeds that range anywhere from 25Mbps to 1,200Mbps.

DSL availability

96%

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DSL maxes out at 100Mbps, but many DSL customers get much slower speeds than that. DSL is becoming obsolete, but it’s still a solid option in rural areas.

Satellite availability

97%

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Satellite is available practically everywhere, even in the most remote parts of the country. It’s costly and comes with strict data limits and slow speeds, so use it as a last resort.

Fastest internet plans and providers in
Chicago, IL

The fastest internet providers can get you gigabit or even multi-gigabit speeds. Not everyone needs a 1,000Mbps connection or faster, but it’s worth the investment if you’re a power user or live in a large household.

Provider
Max Download Speed
Connection Type
Learn More
Easy Internet Now
5000 MbpsDSL
Easy Internet Now
5000 MbpsFiber
Earthlink
5000 MbpsFiber

Internet availability faster than 100Mbps by region

Chicago

100%

Illinois

100%

How much speed do you need?

Take a look below at what you can do with different speeds commonly offered by internet service providers (ISPs). You can read more about the average user’s speed needs in our internet speed guide.

Internet Speed
No. of people
No. of devices
Activities
5–25Mbps 1–2 1–5 Casual web browsing • Emails • Social media • Streaming SD video • Streaming music
25–50Mbps 2–4 4–7 Streaming HD and 4K video • Streaming music • Online gaming • Light work from home
50–100Mbps 4–6 7–10 Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Working from home • Using home security devices
100–500Mbps 6+ 10+ Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Running a home office • Using home security and smart home devices
500–1,000Mbps 10+ 15+ Running a home office or creative profession • Streaming in 4K • Live streaming • Online gaming • Using home security and smart home devices

To get these numbers, we used the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband speed guide, our streaming internet speed guide, and our Zoom internet speed guide.

Internet provider averages in
Chicago, IL

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Average download speed

105 Mbps
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Average upload speed

38 Mbps
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Average latency time

27 ms

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