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ChicagoVPS Chris from ChicagoVPS emailed me their latest promo codes for OpenVZ VPS sales. Here they are:

  • Starter PackageSign up here
  • 256MB memory
  • 10GB storage
  • 500GB/month data transfer
  • $4.45/month (promo code starter)
    $40.00/year (promo code starteryear)
  • Standard PackageSign up here
  • 512MB memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 1000GB/month data transfer
  • 2 IP addresses
  • $5.95/month (promo code standard)
    $55.00/year (promo code standardyear)

Servers with Velocity/ColoCrossing in Chicago. One of the cheaper OpenVZ offers around here especially if you are looking for a Mid-western server. You can find the testing IP & download file here. Despite the domain has only been registered mid-last year, ChicagoVPS does seem a lot more established with its affiliation with ColoCrossing.

ChicagVPS was having a Xen sale a few days ago but has since sold out (same spec as OpenVZ servers here, but with Xen). I’ll update this post if there are more Xen packages available.

Latest posts by LEA (see all)


  1. ipv6 available?

    February 24, 2011 @ 5:31 am
  2. George,

    We are working with ColoCrossing on deploying IPv6 fully so that we can offer it to the end client.



    February 24, 2011 @ 6:01 am
  3. uZero:

    Out of stock. ;(

    February 24, 2011 @ 7:18 am
  4. both packages are out of stock….
    at least before mailing these offers the vps admin should make sure that they have enough stock

    February 24, 2011 @ 9:17 am
    • mina:

      Why? try to be faster next time(or just pick some other offer, there’s plenty of ’em) :) It’s not his job to make sure you get VPS.

      February 24, 2011 @ 9:45 am
    • Initially I was going to post their Xen offer (after many days of delay, my fault). Then Chris emailed back saying that they have sold out all Xen nodes and asked me to try OpenVZ offers. I thought they have plenty of stock on this one…

      February 24, 2011 @ 10:05 am
  5. Hello everyone!

    Really sorry for the delay. We do indeed have space for OpenVZ. We can not take orders for the next few hours because we have to do some work on our latest node ( not bad work, just do not want new orders to think we have a lot of downtime and thought it would be better this way ). Check back later today and the sale will continue.



    February 24, 2011 @ 12:09 pm
  6. Waiting their Xen offers to test

    February 24, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
  7. waiting the xen too

    February 24, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
  8. SwordfishBE:

    XEN would be nice!
    Chicagovps, why not do a LEB exclusive! So we can have the chance to get a xen! :-p

    February 24, 2011 @ 1:47 pm
    • SwordfishBE:

      Debian 6 32bit available?

      February 24, 2011 @ 3:48 pm
  9. Hi!

    I am so glad for xen people!!! Makes me want to get more Xen faster! We go through so many Xen servers its hard to predict how much we need when we post on LEB. I am in the works of building the physical nodes so that we can offer some Xen packages and work on windows hosting, but it will not be as cheap as required due to the windows data center licensing model.

    As far as Debian 6, it is on my to do list, but generally i do not allow x86 OS’s on Xen (or OpenVZ) due to the nature of the beast. I feel through testing and more testing, that x86’s while work, sometimes crap out on Xen nodes becuase we run our nodes with x86_64 CentOS 5.5 or hopefully shortly 6. I can make exceptions though for people that really want x86 software and I will look at making it automated if a lot of requests come in for it.

    If any one has questions regarding our time line for new Xen nodes with Linux paravirtualized and Special linux installs and Windows on HVM, feel free to contact myself at jshinkle[at]chicagovps.net and i would be more than willing to talk to you about our rapid expansion!

    Onto OpenVZ! We are working on the node to bond multiple NICS together to support the higher overall bandwidth load required. I am also in the works of setting up additional OpenVZ nodes to support the higher request that we keep getting! Again if you have any questions, as stated before feel free to contact me at jshinkle[at]chicagovps.net

    /end long windedness



    February 24, 2011 @ 4:13 pm
  10. Hello again everyone,

    Orders are now open again thanks for your patience!


    February 24, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
  11. bob:

    I have a Xen with ChicagoVPS for about 3 months and I would rate them 4/5. The VPS performs pretty well but it did go down several times during the span of the 3 months.

    On February 7th, the node spontaneously rebooted, and I was later notified that they applied a kernel patch. There was another reboot on February 19th without warning and said “We were adding subnets and had to reboot”. Then on February 20th they had to do an emergency hard drive repair which took the server offline for 5 hours. When the machine came back up they downgraded the CPU to a desktop model.

    Prior to this, I was running into a few connection drops which Jeremy told me was due to their settings on Xen and that I should move to OpenVZ.

    The current settings should allow you to have between 100-200 active connections. I plan on bumping that to 1000 per VPS node.

    100-200 is quite small. I removed keep-alives on my web server and it seems to be fine now, but it is disturbing that someone on their home DSL can DOS your vps. I am unsure whether Jeremy ever fixed this because he later told me he actually didn’t have settings that limit sockets.

    February 24, 2011 @ 9:33 pm
  12. What is disturbing is that my name is right above his post and he still cannot get it right. Very frustrating and offensive. Its not my name and never will be. /rant

    There were a few issues with link aggregation out of our devices that were causing issues. There was also a kernel bug with our particular setup that we have been working with a few CentOS developers. We have since resolved this issue with the downtime.

    Regarding the connection limit, we are still working with CentOS developers to resolve this issue on our particular setup. We are working on a test node to resolve the entire connection issue on individual Xen DomU’s.



    February 25, 2011 @ 12:39 am
    • LOL. No one nick name you Jeremy in the office? Jeremiah is indeed a rarer name even in Judeo-Christian worlds.

      February 25, 2011 @ 1:16 am
      • LEA,

        SO many people try and shorten my name, however it is NOT my name :) No offense to the Jeremy’s in the world, but i do not like the name. Most call me my gaming tag or “frog” or “bullfrog” because of the famous “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night.

        However, Yes Jeremiah is a rarer name. Thats why i like being the pain in the keister unique one!

        February 25, 2011 @ 1:31 am
        • Mike:

          Be glad he didn’t call you Ron Jeremy ;)

          February 25, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
    • bob:

      Sorry Jeremiah

      February 25, 2011 @ 2:57 am
      • The word “Miah” is used in Muslim community as a title. In Pakistan, Bangladesh and India you find many MIAH :P

        **I’m from Bangladesh.

        February 25, 2011 @ 4:27 pm
  13. Wait XEN Plain

    February 25, 2011 @ 8:10 am
  14. kampreto:

    any packet for xen with centos 32bit ?
    i saw there’s only 64 o/s


    February 25, 2011 @ 9:12 am
  15. Hi kampreto,

    It is on my to do list. I would say fr me to build it out and make it decent, probably next week.



    February 25, 2011 @ 5:56 pm
  16. Steve Kornelius:

    Chicagovps offers the worst service i have ever seen. My vps is down, almost every day. And even when its not down, its slow as hell. Looks like they are overloading their servers, so they can offer their vps’s so cheap.

    February 25, 2011 @ 9:49 pm
  17. @Steve

    Of all of the compliments we have, i doubt we offer worst service. Granted there are things we are working on, but downtime everyday, my pingdom begs to differ as well as opennms, nagios, and the whmcs ping monitor.

    The ‘Slow’ services, 100% not true. Is there times at which it slows down, yes, it entirely depends on the network load on our switchs. We strive to keep up with all of our clients, and for the overall general consensus, everyone is very happy. 60-70% of the clients we have came from here, and so far have very good and positive reviews of us.



    February 27, 2011 @ 11:42 pm
  18. Joe C:

    I just signed up a couple of days ago and I can honestly say there has been no downtime or two days :)

    My first step up to a VPS and not much different than my home server other than setting up DNS which I am learning and Jeremiah has been very patient with me and quick to respond. Dang, network solutions wants two separate ip’s to point in order to propagate.


    ps. Memory burst would be nice. The natively installed Klaxo seems to be a memory pig and hit the memory wall hard a couple of times and crashed with “out of memory” errors. I am testing other panels with smaller footprints.

    February 28, 2011 @ 5:16 am
  19. @Joe

    Thank you for the comment. The server on OpenVZ has swap :) it matches the amount of system ram you have been alloted.



    February 28, 2011 @ 5:18 am
    • dd:

      Swap involves IO and slows every thing down. Better to say NO swap and force people to run a tighter ship or upgrade, that way every user on the system will benefit.

      March 18, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
  20. @All,

    We have setup more OpenVZ machines and now are taking more orders again.

    For the Xen, they are being setup and getting ready to ship out.



    March 1, 2011 @ 2:33 am
    • I have x86 images ready for OpenVZ now and will be putting them on our order form shortly.



      March 1, 2011 @ 4:09 am
    • Waiting xen…

      March 1, 2011 @ 7:08 am
  21. Alex:

    I signed up for the Standard Package yesterday. The setup was instant, but I was off to a bit of a rocky start because the routing table wasn’t configure properly, which made my box unreachable. The upside is that the support is absolutely superb. Jeremiah responded to my support ticket within *7 minutes* and had it fixed within 10. Then at around 1am at night, I had the same problem because the routing table wasn’t being saved after a reboot, but even at 1am it only took Jeremiah 20 minutes to respond. Now everything is configured correctly and the routing table is preserved on reboot. So, once again, the service is superb. My initial impression is very good!


    March 2, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
  22. @Alex,

    Thank you for the kind words.

    It seems a bug in the new kernel we are using for OpenVZ that I am looking into. It seems that about every 5 it skips the route add command on for the default gateway.



    March 3, 2011 @ 2:12 am
  23. Sibbels:

    I signed up for an account just over a week ago. Set up was pretty much instant, and everything is running smoothly. I emailed support because I couldn’t see a 32-bit version of Ubuntu 10.04, and they kindly added it to their list of available templates. So far, an excellent experience, and I’m really happy with ChicagoVPS. Thanks guys :)

    March 3, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
  24. daniel:

    poor support, do not buy there

    March 3, 2011 @ 6:42 pm
  25. @ Daniel,

    Our support is fine, we can not accommodate for clients that are unwilling to accept the user error. This user asked for tun/tap to be enabled and it was ( I verified it ). He then wanted a refund due to poor support? I do not see where the poor support was, and if you read above posts you can see how happy people are with out service and how great the support really is.



    March 3, 2011 @ 7:46 pm
  26. daniel:

    log vps debian

    Last login: Fri Mar 4 19:05:28 2011 from
    vps:/# apt-get update
    Err http://ftp.debian.org lenny Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving ‘ftp.debian.org’
    Err http://ftp.debian.org lenny/volatile Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving ‘ftp.debian.org’
    Err http://ftp.debian.org lenny/updates Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving ‘ftp.debian.org’
    Reading package lists… Done
    W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny/Release.gpg Tempora
    ry failure resolving ‘ftp.debian.org’

    W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.debian.org/debian-volatile/dists/lenny/volatile/Re
    lease.gpg Temporary failure resolving ‘ftp.debian.org’

    W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.debian.org/debian-security/dists/lenny/updates/Rel
    ease.gpg Temporary failure resolving ‘ftp.debian.org’

    W: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

    ssh not connecting and much more

    March 5, 2011 @ 9:11 am
  27. Ben:

    I’ve been using this box for a couple of weeks now and must say I am very impressed and happy.

    Setup was instant, was able to login within a few minutes of purchase. It made me happy to see the ubuntu option as that’s my favorite distro. I chose the standard package for $6 with Ubuntu 10.10. I also removed apache and installed lighttpd to try to save some resources. While 512mb of ram isn’t much, it’s generally enough to run a web server. I do wish it had burstable memory, but I’ll live.

    Speed and latency are excellent and the 1000gb limit is plenty for standard usage. I can max my 25mbit home connection transferring files back and forth.

    I eagerly await for some standard xen boxes to show up so I can try one of those out. If I can expect the same if not better speed, latency, etc. I’ll happily prepay for a year using the promo code.

    The only hiccup I had was my vps randomly restarted a few days after my purchase. I don’t know why and didn’t pursue the reason. Uptime is now at 5 days and doing fine.

    To the people with negative opinions, especially daniel, learn how to use linux properly or go back to your windows boxes.

    March 9, 2011 @ 8:09 pm
  28. win htut:

    could i get some info of dd and cpuinfo ?

    March 25, 2011 @ 5:33 pm
  29. @win,


    processor : [0-7]
    vendor_id : GenuineIntel
    cpu family : 6
    model : 30
    model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3450 @ 2.67GHz
    stepping : 5
    cpu MHz : 2666.755
    cache size : 8192 KB
    physical id : 0
    siblings : 8
    core id : 3
    cpu cores : 4
    apicid : 7
    fpu : yes
    fpu_exception : yes
    cpuid level : 11
    wp : yes
    flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
    bogomips : 5333.24
    clflush size : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management: [8]


    # dd if=/dev/zero of=ddfile2 bs=8K count=500000
    500000+0 records in
    500000+0 records out
    4096000000 bytes (4.1 GB) copied, 11.229 seconds, 365 MB/s

    Keep in mind these were ran on the actual node and not in a VPS environment.



    March 25, 2011 @ 5:55 pm
  30. @All,

    We have Xen Again! Come gets yours today!



    March 30, 2011 @ 8:08 pm
  31. innya:

    any discount or sign up link?

    March 30, 2011 @ 8:17 pm
  32. @Innya,

    You can go to our website: http://www.chicagovps.net and take a look at our offerings for Xen. The direct page for xen is http://www.chicagovps.net/xen.html

    the coupon “save15” is currently active.



    March 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm
    • innya:

      where is your AUP?
      I could not find it on your site.

      March 30, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

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