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Best TV Antenna for Chicago, IL Digital TV Stations

A guide to Chicago free TV stations. Availability, reception maps, best tv antenna type

Watch Free HDTV In Chicago
Over 75 free channels available.

The Best choice for free digital - HDTV -TV Antenna reception for the Chicago area is the EZ-HD or the HD Stacker antennas.

Here's why:

The Chicago free to air TV market is one of the best in the entire Country. There are dozens of free channels available. All of the major network channels are available (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, CW, ION) plus several independent channels and dozens of sub channels to numerous to mention.

There is 1 major channel in Chicagp broadcasting a VHF TV signals. This is important because most antennas available today are designed for UHF signals and perform poorly for the reception of VHF signals. The major channel is WBBM CBS channel 2.1. In addition channel 2 provides sub channels all VHF signals.  


Be aware that most antennas on the market today claim to be VHF capable when in fact they're not.

Just because I say it, Doesn't make it true.
If you're in doubt I suggest you contact the station engineer at FOX channel 2 to verify the information on this page as true

For more information about VHF TV reception I suggest you visit the following pages.

Why most TV antennas are designed wrong >

Precisely tuned and test range certified antennas >

What's the difference between a VHF and UHF TV antenna >

To insure the reception of CBS channel 2 and the channel 2 sub channels learn the difference between VHF and UHF TV antennas.

The Chicago TV station reception map below is compiled from actual customer reports using either the EZ HD > or the HD Stacker > TV antennas. If the TV antenna location is inside of the Green circle on the map below use the EZ HD TV antenna. If the antenna location is outside of the Green circle but within the Blue circle use the HD Stacker TV antenna. TV reception from Chicago TV stations outside of the Blue circle is possible but is hit and miss. Both the EZ HD and the HD Stacker TV antennas have been physically fine tuned to receive the Chicago area TV stations digital TV signal frequencies currently in use.

Best TV Antenna for Chicago TV stations reception map and TV antenna guide

*Map is based on the weakest Chicago, IL TV station transmitting signal.

Chicago TV antenna reception map

The EZ HD and the HD Stacker antennas are physically tuned to receive the specific TV signal frequencies in use by the Chicago TV stations. Inch for inch both antennas will outperform any other antenna on the market. We guarantee it or your money back.

Note: Some Chicago area residents have reported problems receiving WBBM channel 2.1 CBS > when using antennas other than the EZ HD or the HD Stacker. This is due to the VHF broadcast frequency in use by WBBM and the use of the improper antenna to receive VHF signal frequency. Many of today's antennas (do to smaller antenna size) will not receive VHF signals. The EZ HD and the HD Stacker are designed to provide excellent performance across the entire frequency spectrum in the Chicago broadcasting market.

Antenna Aiming - From the antenna installation site aim the narrower end of the antenna > at the Red X on the map above to receive the Chicago TV stations.

The Chicago TV station reception map above is based on the use of the EZ HD and HD Stacker TV antennas installed in an outdoor location at an elevation of at least 20 feet above ground. TV antennas located indoors such as attics etc. will likely experience reduced reception range. Antennas installed at an elevation greater than 20 feet above ground will likely experience increased reception range and antennas installed less then 20 feet above ground will likely experience reduced reception range. The closer the TV antenna installation site is to the transmitters (X) the lower the antenna can be installed to the ground.

EZ HD antenna
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EZ HD = Green Circle

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HD Stacker = Blue Circle



 I want to thank all of our customer's who have and continue to contribute reception reports from the Chicago area.
You have helped create a very reliable DTV
reception map for the entire Chicago TV station viewing area.


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Broadcast TV antennas on top of Sears Towers

Above: Free to air TV broadcast antennas on top of the Chicago Willis Tower.