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ChicagoVPS - 2 OpenVZ VPS and 1 dedicated offer starting at $35/year for 2GB

ChicagoVPSChris, from ChicagoVPS, is back with three offers for the LowEndBox community, this time including a dedicated server! The OpenVZ VPS offers are all available in six locations across the USA, while the dedicated server is available  in Buffalo, New York. The dedicated server features the fairly new Intel Atom C2750 8-core CPU which supports up to 64GB of RAM and VT-x, making it a quite powerful CPU while using only 20W. I personally haven’t heard how this CPU performs yet, so if you do give it a shot, let us know! ChicagoVPS is using host nodes with dual CPUs and Intel 520 SSDs for caching for their OpenVZ offers. Orders will be set up instantly, so you can get started right after ordering! Customers have been quite positive about ChicagoVPS recently. If you sign up, or are already a customer, feel free to leave a review in the comments or at LowEndTalk.com.

The offers

Dedicated server

  • Intel Atom C2750 2.4Ghz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 250GB hard drive
  • 10TB bandwidth
  • 100Mbps uplink
  • /29 IPv4
  • Buffalo, New York
  • $39/month
  • Order here
Special Promotion Series 2GB

  • 2GB RAM
  • 50GB disk space
  • 3TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • Six locations across the USA
  • $35/year
  • Order here
Special Promotion Series 3GB

  • 3GB RAM
  • 100GB disk space
  • 3TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • Six locations across the USA
  • $29/6 months
  • Order here

ChicagoVPS accepts payments via major Credit Cards, by personal check, cashier’s check, PayPal, electronic check, or money order. Their refunds policy states that “Refunds are subject to approval by ChicagoVPS on a case by case basis”. ChicagoVPS guarantees a 99.9% uptime with all services. Free central backups, free automated weekly node backups and free DNS hosting are all included. For more information, take a look at their Terms of Service.

Network Information

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Buffalo, NY, USA
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Chicago, IL, USA
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Atlanta, GA, USA
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New Jersey, NJ, USA
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Dallas, TX, USA
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  1. 2G special,Not bad !
    root@xxxxxxxxxxx:~/lnmpv# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O – -o /dev/null|bash
    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency : 1600.000 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    System uptime : 10 min,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 94.3MB/s
    Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 58.3MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 101MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 8.01MB/s
    Download speed from i3d.net, NL: 9.79MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 9.96MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 6.22MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 24.0MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 26.7MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 32.4MB/s
    I/O speed : 230 MB/s

    April 26, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
  2. pechspilz:

    While their VMs get provisioned rather quickly, I’ve been waiting for 5 days (week days) for a dedicated server (existing customer here). ChicagoVPS didn’t even bother to reply to my ticket when I asked them when the server will be provisioned.

    April 26, 2014 @ 2:01 pm
    • Hi,

      What is your ticket ID so I can look into this for you?


      April 26, 2014 @ 3:54 pm
      • pechspilz:

        #OWC-128786, thanks for having a look at it.

        April 26, 2014 @ 5:11 pm
        • Chris:

          Sadly it seems like this is the only time they are willing to review existing tickets – when they have a promotions…smh.

          April 28, 2014 @ 12:26 am
        • pechspilz:

          Good news: I’ve received the server today!
          However… wrong location, wrong network size and wrong port speed.

          April 28, 2014 @ 7:50 pm
  3. wailin:

    Sounds like an interesting offer!

    April 26, 2014 @ 2:32 pm
  4. Hello Chris,
    Why my IP is banned on your site?

    What I have done?

    I was there for the first time.

    April 26, 2014 @ 4:21 pm
  5. ask123:


    Recurring Payment on this offers?


    April 26, 2014 @ 8:37 pm
  6. C B:

    Would it be possible to upgrade an existing plan to this offer?

    April 26, 2014 @ 9:15 pm
  7. Goose:

    Do you allow adult? Would you be able to offer a free restoration of exisitng vps backup from vzdump for the Special Promotion Series 3GB?

    April 26, 2014 @ 10:51 pm
  8. ub3rst4r:

    Ordered my VPS 8+ hours ago now. It was provisioned, but I couldn’t connect to it because the IP is probably nulled or blacklisted by the DC. I’ve opened a ticket and still aren’t able to connect.

    April 27, 2014 @ 2:18 am
    • ub3rst4r:

      Just managed to get ahold of someone and now it works.

      April 27, 2014 @ 3:14 am
    • Yeah, every DC I’ve seen them in has always been on god knows how many RBLs. Good luck getting mail through. I had to switch a few clients over to sendgrid just so that they could get their mail through to outlook/gmail/etc

      April 28, 2014 @ 1:38 am
  9. AVOID these guys like the plague.
    multi-hour downtimes that go unacknowledged
    clueless support that really JUST doesn’t get it
    NO proper control panel at all (you’re stuck with pathetic WHMCS integration to control your server, which works half the time, other half not so much)
    PATHETIC responses from staff

    If you like pulling your hair out in the middle of the night because your site is down, then by all means, stick with these guys. Otherwise, find somewhere else to host. VPSnodes, ramnode give EXCELLENT uptime AND customer service. ChicagoVPS knows nothing about how to provide service to their customers

    April 27, 2014 @ 7:49 am
    • I don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Every time there is a downtime I get an email sieving me what is going on and the etas.
      The controls panel has all of the default functions of SolusVM. It’s got all of the functions needed. Also, the panel has been loading faster than everything else on the page some times.
      The support isn’t your personal butler service. The know how to manage their systems and you should be expected on knowing how to manage yours. Everything that I needed done (rDNS, IP addresses, node moving, …) Has been done amazingly well.

      I’ve had uptimes of up to 3 months with an idling vps. Only restarted it when I had to do some updates.

      “Everything you know it a lie, and all those lies are nothing. So by using the transitive property we can conclude that you know nothing” – Rule 128

      Give ’em another shot.

      April 27, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
      • “Every time there is a downtime I get an email sieving me what is going on and the etas.”
        RIIIIGHT. I’m just gonna call BS right there. Obviously, you’re NOT a Chicago VPS customer, because these people do NOT send mail to their customers, OR communicate with them at all.

        “The controls panel has all of the default functions of SolusVM.”
        Actually, it doesn’t

        “The support isn’t your personal butler service.”
        Nobody expects them to be

        “The know how to manage their systems”
        No, actually they DON’T.
        4/13 – 30 minutes down
        2/28 – 4 hours down
        3/2 – 2+ hours down, node itself abused, service unusable for the entire day
        3/24 – 3+ hours down
        3/25 – 5 hours down
        3/31 – multi-hour downtime

        You wanna come on back and claim “they know what they’re doing” again?

        “you should be expected on knowing how to manage yours.”
        10+ years of me managing Linux systems says I do. FAR better than you could imagine even.

        “Give ‘em another shot.”
        They’ve had 4 shots since February. no CHANCE am I giving these clowns ANY more of my money

        April 28, 2014 @ 6:49 am
        • Where are your VPSs located? I have had a few for several years in Buffalo. All of my 2 GB VPSs have at least 99.6% availability, as reported by NodeQuery. The worst box is a 128 MB with 98.6% availability, which I think is suffering from crappier neighbors.

          April 29, 2014 @ 3:26 pm
          • Take your pick. I’ve had ’em in every location, since February. ALL of them have had downtime like this, one to the point where I just cancelled immediately and was refunded.

            April 30, 2014 @ 9:06 am
        • lol, I’ve been with them for nearly 3 years with 99.85% uptime – LA node , Their NY node was good too, was pushing 110MB/s when i was up there, but i moved to their LA node, Chicago nodes had down time during transitioning but that was cleanly taken care of. I see a lot of QQing, you should know what your getting into with a unmanaged VPS ( aka support doesn’t actually have to help you )

          May 8, 2014 @ 4:45 am
    • ub3rst4r:

      There always seems to be at least one person who says how bad the provider is, and then we find out that the person is bashing them because they were violating the providers terms of service and they got kicked out.

      April 27, 2014 @ 8:14 pm
      • xenostar:

        I’m another dissatisfied customer with them.
        The performance is downright horrible!

        I’m on the 2GB VPS, and an SSH login takes half a minute before the bash process is started.
        Disk and CPU performance is less than half of other $15/yr providers, and this is double the price!

        For reference, I had this problem on a freshly-reimaged VM.
        STAY AWAY!

        April 27, 2014 @ 9:57 pm
        • I’ve seen this on a couple of their nodes as well, especially Chicago.

          April 28, 2014 @ 6:50 am
      • Chris:

        It really is that bad….I had service with UGVPS which was taken over by them a few months ago and I had opened a ticket asking if I can switch over to one of ChicagoVPS promotions without cancelling and reordering. I never got a response from them other than the customary “We are looking into it” and “We have escalate it” then nothing. I made four attempts asking for status but receive no reply. I finally cancelled both of my existing service and went to another host that has amazing response time. They are just as bad as Virpus. My advise is to avoid them and Virpus. It’s not worth the little you save.

        April 28, 2014 @ 12:23 am
      • Hi ub3rst4r
        I appreciate the fact that you want to jump to their defense, however, as Chris said, it really IS that bad.

        I’ve been in the hosting business since 2002. Never have I had an account suspended, never will I .

        I signed up for a VPS with them in February, Initially, the VPS wasn’t properly setup (they gave out wrong IP information), I worked around that (they didn’t answer the ticket).

        Thinking it was a fluke, I moved more servers into their facility. Within a month, I had seen hours upon hours of downtime on one server, and more on others.

        Staff responses? Good luck. Do a search for these guys and you’ll see just how lopsided their responses are. Basically ‘we’re working on it’, ‘this is fixed’, nothing at all, and THAT’S after hours of waiting!

        The case here isn’t a user got suspended, it’s that the company is just THAT incompetent. I don’t open up tickets unless absolutely, 100% necessary, as a server admin myself. Historically, it’s 1 or 2 a year, tops. With these guys? Constant tickets because their servers are loaded down, always down, always being attacked, and just flat out horrible.

        April 28, 2014 @ 1:35 am
      • wailin:

        I had multiple services with them, including a dedicated server, and all criticism about lack of support is valid. I’m not talking about $4-5/mo services, I was paying $80+ for multiple servers. They couldn’t get the default OS installed correctly

        April 28, 2014 @ 9:09 am
    • sipxstream:

      Couldn’t agree more! Check past offers from ChicagoVPS and comments left by people (including myself) over the poor customer service received when an issue arises.

      May 3, 2014 @ 11:41 am
    • A. P. Geramifard:

      I Don’t agree!!!!!
      I’m their user for about 3 years with 2 servers.
      3 years ago with their previous system I would face some problems on my own private server but after few months when the changed their system, all i can say is” they are perfect”
      good offers and good support and after all good stability!
      n because of that i purchased my second server from them for my company.

      the only negative point about their supprt is the reply lag on holydays.
      you wont receive any reply on holydays from them. but beside that point, their service is very good n satisfying.

      November 3, 2014 @ 11:10 am
  10. Jimmy Malone:

    I was hoping to buy one of these, but it looks like Chicago VPS doesn’t support Debian stable 7, which came out over a year ago. That’s kinda bad if they don’t even support a year-old top-three major distro.

    April 28, 2014 @ 2:29 am
    • InitialO:

      Jimmy they do, it’s not an initial option, but it’s there if you go into the rebuild option for it after you make it.

      That said, I’ve been experiencing frequent shortish network outages for roughly the past week with these guys… guess this promo was launched around then and people are loading the node I’m on down. Lame. Seems okay for the past 5 hours though, so maybe it’s now sorted.

      April 28, 2014 @ 9:31 pm
  11. So far the server seems to be working fine. Although it’s still very very early in. But I bought it and ssh’d into it right away and am now upgrading to 14.04. Hope the up time proves itself to be ok for a light use site.

    April 28, 2014 @ 8:25 am
  12. Greg:

    I would have to tune in as yet another dissatisfied customer. Their support is hopeless. I have 10+ VPS from several suppliers, these guys rate the worst.

    April 28, 2014 @ 11:04 am
  13. Casper:

    Another dissastisfied customer here. As soon as my yearly plan expires I am moving to a different server. Downtime is often, it’s usually back in a couple of hours but happens quite frequently. I would not recommend them.

    April 29, 2014 @ 1:59 pm
  14. B:

    Hi folks. This site helped me find ChicagoVPS a couple of years ago. Man, how times change! I think they were rated at the top here at that time. Now it sounds like they’re near the bottom.

    I locked into a 2GB/50GB “Enterprise” plan at $7.61. I barely use it; I noticed one outage last year, and they did reply to my support tickets. (It wasn’t superb service but they responded in English and my VPS started working again.) I’ve also received regular billing e-mail and assorted other notices, so I’m not sure why others aren’t. This week I started up a VirtualMin based mail server (based in part on LEB’s tutorial) and my IP address doesn’t seem to be blocklisted; I can send and receive mail.

    But now (seeing all the bad reports) I don’t know what to do. Should I flee to one of LowEndBox’s highly rated providers? I looked at the pricing at RamNode and it’s MUCH more expensive, at least double even after LEB’s 42% discount.

    What would be a good alternative at around $10 or so per month?

    Also, separate question — do none of these providers offer additional storage as an option? I’d really like to have more available but I don’t see any way to add it with ChicagoVPS.


    April 29, 2014 @ 7:40 pm
    • B:

      Looking at this some more (and reading the “positive” thread linked in the summary above), maybe it’s a no-brainer for me to switch to the new 3GB/100GB special? $58 or $55/year vs. the $84 I’m paying now (at $7 per month) and I’d be doubling my storage and going from 2GB to 3GB RAM. What would be the best way to migrate my current VPS?

      April 29, 2014 @ 8:54 pm
      • Chris:

        You can open a support ticket – which is what I had done but I never got a response. Maybe it’s because I was a customer of one of their subsidiary. Since you are a present customer maybe you might have better luck.

        April 29, 2014 @ 11:22 pm
      • TeeDev:

        VirtualMin has a really good backup and restore option. You can take a VirtualMin full backup, store the backup on some FTP somewhere or something, then restore your backup to your new $55 3GB RAM, 100GB HDD machine ( a much better deal than the one you’re on now).

        Once you’ve got the new server tight and you’re happy all your settings are restored, cancel the old one.

        April 30, 2014 @ 7:28 am
        • B:

          Thanks for the suggestions!

          Noob question: Back then I selected a Centos5-With-Webmin VM because I wasn’t ready to do everything command line. I’d still like to keep Webmin/VirtualMin, but CVPS has relatively few VM choices that are prebuilt with it.

          But I can just SSH in and install Webmin/VirtualMin into pretty much ANY Linux VPS, right?

          April 30, 2014 @ 2:46 pm
          • TeeDev:

            Precisely. I think it only supports the major distros though so as long as you’re using the latest CentOS or Debian or whatever, it’ll run. Fully automated install. Webmin takes seconds, Virtualmin can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on your server’s speed and connectivity. But fully automated.

            May 1, 2014 @ 2:06 am
      • TeeDev:

        Also, for what it’s worth I have the same ChicagoVPS config as you but I was lucky enough to buy it on a special they had for $30 annual. I’ve never had a problem with it and they responded to my ticket quickly when I first signed up (they provisioned in the wrong datacenter).

        Since then I haven’t had any issues. It’s stable and the server is quick. I’ve mulled over the $55 deal long and hard but decided not to go for it as I’m stocking up in servers in Europe now.

        I’ve read all the reviews here with caution and I have to admit that they have contributed in a large part to me not jumping at the new deals immediately.

        April 30, 2014 @ 7:28 am
    • TeeDev:

      Do you really need 2Gb or 3GB for a mail server? My guess is storage is the real issue (as you noted) so I just priced up a 1GB server at RamNode using their 42% coupon and it came out as follows:

      OpenVZ SSD-Cached VPS (CVZ-E5) – Atlanta, Seattle or Netherlands

      1024MB RAM
      1024MB VSwap
      4 CPU Core Access
      150GB SSD-Cached HDD Space
      1Gbps Port
      3000GB Bandwidth
      1 IPv4 Address (+1 FREE)
      16 IPv6 Addresses
      Automated Monthly Backups

      $8.70 / month or $93.96 / year

      Definitely worth every penny for the rock-solid stability you’ll get with them and tickets answered before you’ve clicked submit! My mailservers never really need tonnes of RAM and if that’s all you’re using the server for then maybe trading all that redundant RAM for more storage and stability might be a good investment.

      April 30, 2014 @ 9:13 am
      • B:

        Thanks, yeah, but that’s the thing. I’m not just using it for mail. I’ve got an old Minecraft server, a media gallery (Piwigo), a Mumble server, a nice webmail client (SoGo) and I want to allow a WordPress web site or two in VirtualMin. SoGo likes PostgreSQL and everything else likes MySQL. There’s not really much there at present and none of that older stuff is actively used, but right now I’m up to about 1.2 GB RAM utilization.

        I’d rather not buy and maintain multiple VPSes for my various little personal needs, so I doubt a 1GB machine would cut it.

        April 30, 2014 @ 2:38 pm
        • B:

          (That 1.2GB is without the Minecraft server running.)

          April 30, 2014 @ 2:41 pm
        • TeeDev:

          Ahhhh gotcha! It’s because I thought I read somewhere that you bought the server and never touched it, then started using it for mail. Sorry, my bad! You’re right, the 3GB is way more your bag :-)

          May 1, 2014 @ 2:03 am
  15. Torsten H.:

    I am not satisfied with this hosting service. At first it took a day to provision the ordered 3GB RAM VPS. Second when setup it was at a different location (Buffalo) as I ordered (New Jersey). Last but not least the VPS is still not running (Ticket is open for over 2h). Seems to me that this hosting service does not have mastery for basic functionalities.

    I will look for somewhere else to get a running VPS. I can not and will not recommend this hosting service.

    May 3, 2014 @ 2:13 pm
    • Torsten H.:

      P.S.: The first setup box on the wrong location was running indeed but I wondered why a minimal debian image includes a running Apache and even Samba???

      May 3, 2014 @ 2:23 pm
      • Jason Gauthier:

        I turned up services with them yesterday. I have been pleased.. I noticed that apache and samba were installed, and sendmail. DELETED. samba. seriously.

        Anyway, I got up today and my host is down. The Client Area shows it’s up, but the network is completely inaccessible. Tried reboots, tried shutdowns, and the console doesn’t work:

        Starting PowerConsole v1.3 (c)2012 soluslabs ltd.
        please wait…
        successfully logged in.
        enter into CT 23941 failed
        Unable to open pty: No such file or directory

        I opened a ticket 7 hours ago, with “high”, and asked for an update 2 hours ago. Nothing yet! I actually think the linux firewall might be on. But I did not turn it on. (Their documentation indicates it’s off by default). I have no idea. It worked fine yesterday evening.

        May 3, 2014 @ 9:02 pm
        • Jason Gauthier:

          I did get a response. Apparently ‘apt-get dist-upgrade’ completely destroys a machine. I guess you can’t do that.

          May 4, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
  16. Alex:

    After reading all the comments here… I wonder what some of these people were doing to have such a horrible time with this… ordered the 2GB plan, instantly provisioned – ubuntu 12.04 server as my os… upgraded everything… removed apache, samba, sendmail – installed a mail server package and then pulled back down and configured a fresh copy of apache… currently running 10 websites and a mailserver off of my VPS with no issues. Quick response times, quick ssh logins, responses from support both times i had to contact them (PTR record change) within 30 minutes… honestly so far i have absolutely nothing but good things to say.

    May 4, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
    • Torsten H.:

      Sometimes you get really fast responses. But I have at least two delays for about 7 to 10 hours. It seems to depend at which time the ticket is created. Looks to me that there is a one-man-company working.

      May 5, 2014 @ 9:23 am
  17. Unsatisfied customer:

    ChicagoVPS is the best VPS provider i’ve come accross. I’ve tried several and all of them have failed on me somehow. ChicagoVPS staff (looks like there’s only one guy though) always responded to tickets as soon as possible and resolved all my issues. Been their client for 2+ years and no issues so far.

    May 6, 2014 @ 10:50 am
  18. please process my dedicate order, ticket ID: #ETN-254110

    May 8, 2014 @ 11:11 am
  19. CD:

    Hi Chris,

    If you have time, please take a look at ticket #AYV-732651
    Something wrong with it.


    May 9, 2014 @ 11:13 am
  20. Brian L:

    I got the Pure SSD VPS – – – 1GB RAM for $4.50 per month. Paid on Sunday 5/11/2014 and was provisioned immediately. Then last night around 1am 5/15/14 my VPS became unresponsive and I was not able to login. Right now, 14 hours later, the VPS is still down, the host will not say what is wrong, only that they are working on it. I was messaged at one point telling me that it was fixed only to find out I cannot even ping my VPS.

    I’ve had the VPS for less than 100 hours and it’s been down for 14 of them already. If this is a sign of things to come, I better cut my losses now and move on.

    May 15, 2014 @ 9:53 pm
  21. I bought dedicate and make payment 8th, and to this day (already 10 days) I still have not gotten my dedicate

    May 17, 2014 @ 10:09 pm
  22. Adi Gayung:

    amazing seller, to avenge their tickets only takes 3-5 days. I bought dedicate and I lost 14 work and they do not do anything

    May 22, 2014 @ 5:19 am
  23. Mike:

    Since I can’t access their client login website, all my VPS’s are down and so is their home page. I’ve tried to access their systems from 2 different networks, so it isn’t on this end. I didn’t know where to post such information, especially if their entire network is down.

    June 3, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
    • TeeDev:

      That’s odd, I can access their site, my client area and my servers with them with no problems. And server uptime is 39 days for me, no outages. Are you sure it’s not your net?

      June 4, 2014 @ 12:23 am
  24. been hosting my site for months with them, didn’t face any problem. Perfect uptime, and service.

    June 6, 2014 @ 10:40 am
  25. Desi:

    Got the $29/6 month deal and running around 15 sites with not much traffic and everything seems to be fine. Rarely noticed any downtime. Submitted only one ticket and was responded quite fast. Server is in Dallas and thinking about ordering another.
    Now after reading all this will monitor my server more closly and will wait another month to switch..

    June 24, 2014 @ 1:27 pm
  26. superhuman:

    question about Special Promotion Series 2GB
    is Tor allowed? I am looking for a vps which allows hiddenservice.

    June 29, 2014 @ 8:14 am
  27. user:

    yeah how about Tor? is it allowed?

    July 5, 2014 @ 6:42 am
  28. tor:

    I want to take a part of https://www.eff.org/torchallenge/
    can I make tor relay on chicagovps?

    July 5, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

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