There are 6 residential cable providers in Chicago covering 98.53% of the city. The largest cable company is XFINITY (Comcast), available to 97.45% of Chicago homes. Call XFINITY (Comcast) first, and if they cannot help you they will direct you the the right provider.

 

All 6 Cable Providers in Chicago, IL

City ProviderAvailabilityChicago SpeedsGet Service
XFINITY (Comcast)97.45%

150 to 987 Mbps

987 Mbps Avg.

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Speed in Mbps

% of XFINITY (Comcast) customers who can get listed speeds

 

The chart above shows the maximum speeds for the 2,605,470 people who can get cable from XFINITY (Comcast) in Chicago, IL. The height of the line (y axis) is the percentage of XFINITY (Comcast) potential customers in Chicago who can get the speed on the bottom of the chart (the x axis) in Mbps. XFINITY (Comcast) offers 2 different speeds throughout Chicago. The fastest speed anyone in Chicago can get from XFINITY (Comcast) is 987 Mpbs, and the city-wide average for all XFINITY (Comcast) Chicago customers is 987 Mbps.

RCN22.06%

330 to 1000 Mbps

660.44 Mbps Avg.

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Speed in Mbps

% of RCN customers who can get listed speeds

 

The chart above shows the maximum speeds for the 589,872 people who can get cable from RCN in Chicago, IL. The height of the line (y axis) is the percentage of RCN potential customers in Chicago who can get the speed on the bottom of the chart (the x axis) in Mbps. RCN offers 2 different speeds throughout Chicago. The fastest speed anyone in Chicago can get from RCN is 1000 Mpbs, and the city-wide average for all RCN Chicago customers is 660.44 Mbps.

WoW Cable16.42%

600 to 600 Mbps

600 Mbps Avg.

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Speed in Mbps

% of WoW Cable customers who can get listed speeds

 

The chart above shows the maximum speeds for the 438,934 people who can get cable from WoW Cable in Chicago, IL. The height of the line (y axis) is the percentage of WoW Cable potential customers in Chicago who can get the speed on the bottom of the chart (the x axis) in Mbps. WoW Cable offers no different speeds throughout Chicago. The fastest speed anyone in Chicago can get from WoW Cable is 600 Mpbs, and the city-wide average for all WoW Cable Chicago customers is 600 Mbps.

Access Media Holdings0.23%

6 to 150 Mbps

60.36 Mbps Avg.

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Speed in Mbps

% of Access Media Holdings customers who can get listed speeds

 

The chart above shows the maximum speeds for the 6,075 people who can get cable from Access Media Holdings in Chicago, IL. The height of the line (y axis) is the percentage of Access Media Holdings potential customers in Chicago who can get the speed on the bottom of the chart (the x axis) in Mbps. Access Media Holdings offers 6 different speeds throughout Chicago. The fastest speed anyone in Chicago can get from Access Media Holdings is 150 Mpbs, and the city-wide average for all Access Media Holdings Chicago customers is 60.36 Mbps.

Mediacom0.05%

100 to 100 Mbps

100 Mbps Avg.

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Speed in Mbps

% of Mediacom customers who can get listed speeds

 

The chart above shows the maximum speeds for the 1,338 people who can get cable from Mediacom in Chicago, IL. The height of the line (y axis) is the percentage of Mediacom potential customers in Chicago who can get the speed on the bottom of the chart (the x axis) in Mbps. Mediacom offers no different speeds throughout Chicago. The fastest speed anyone in Chicago can get from Mediacom is 100 Mpbs, and the city-wide average for all Mediacom Chicago customers is 100 Mbps.

12Global0.01%

500 to 500 Mbps

500 Mbps Avg.

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Speed in Mbps

% of 12Global customers who can get listed speeds

 

The chart above shows the maximum speeds for the 371 people who can get cable from 12Global in Chicago, IL. The height of the line (y axis) is the percentage of 12Global potential customers in Chicago who can get the speed on the bottom of the chart (the x axis) in Mbps. 12Global offers no different speeds throughout Chicago. The fastest speed anyone in Chicago can get from 12Global is 500 Mpbs, and the city-wide average for all 12Global Chicago customers is 500 Mbps.

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* Note: “Avg. Speed” is a population-weighted average of the top speed in Chicago. Our calculation gives a more accurate estimate of the speed you can actually expect to be available for purchase in your area.

Chicago residents may also choose internet-only service from a brand like XFINITY (Comcast) and sign up for satellite TV, which is generally rated higher than TV delivered over cable.

Satellite TV and Internet Providers

Because competition is stronger for satellite television, DISH and DIRECTV are generally considered superior to cable TV service. You can choose a separate form of internet, and the providers below will actually help you set up home internet service, sometimes even with bundled savings. Call for pricing and bundling options.

Satellite internet is not an ideal choice, but allows people in rural areas to stay connected. Note that most satellite services require either a deposit for equipment installation or a decent credit score.

ProviderAvailabilityServicesGet Service
DIRECTV100%Satellite TV serviceView plans

More about DIRECTV

DIRECTV provides satellite TV service that consistently beats cable TV service in terms of programming, price, and customer service. Their packages have long been the favorite among sports fans, but their low-priced packages are also worth checking out for casual watchers. DIRECTV premium packages include many of the most popular channels in the world.

DISH100%Satellite TV serviceView plans

1-844-784-2127

More about DISH

DISH was formerly known as (and sometimes still called) the Dish Network. DISH provides affordable package prices and is known for lower up-front pricing. DISH competes aggressively with AT&T-owned DIRECTV. DISH has worked hard in the last several years to improve sports programming to compete with the traditional leader, and is now a solid choice for savers and sports fans who know what they're looking for.

HuhgesNet100%

Satellite internet service

Speeds up to 15 Mbps

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1-833-562-8571

More about HuhgesNet

Satellite internet should generally be your last option unless no other service is available in your area. The latency (lag) inherent to the technology makes it difficult to stream or browse, and online games that require a fast connection will not work. However, if you live in a rural area HughesNet is a good option. You'll just a need a little more patience while browsing or downloading movies to watch.


Cable Internet Speeds in Chicago

Chicago customers can get an average of 971.48 Mbps as their fastest speed. The fastest cable internet in the entire city is 1000 Mbps, which 10.88% of homes can purchase. Some residents, however, can only get 6 Mbps. Internet speeds tend to be faster in Northwest Chicago, and slower in the neighborhoods to the South. Cable is the fastest internet in 80.98% of the city. For residents looking for alternatives to cable, fiber is the best alternative for most households.

Chicago, IL Map of Cable Internet Speeds

Cable Speed Key

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999 Mbps
400 Mbps
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Cable Coverage and Availability in Chicago

Cable internet is available to 98.53% of residents, which can be bundled with TV service for package savings. The map below shows where cable companies provide service by block.

Chicago, IL Map of Cable Internet Availability

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What zip codes have cable in Chicago and nearby?

Zip CodeCable Coverage
6062299.64%
6061297.16%
6040692.63%
6046999.94%
60202100%
Zip CodeCable Coverage
6042999.9%
6042899.88%
6060888.62%
6042299.75%
6063699.85%

Cable in Your Chicago Neighborhood

XFINITY (Comcast) is the primary cable provider for Chicago's northwest, north, northeast, west, central, east, southwest, south and southeast neighborhoods.

Compared with the rest of the county, Chicago has greater access to cable versus other cities and greater cable coverage compared to the rest of Illinois.

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