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Intelligentsia Coffee

53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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Ranked #36 of 8,278 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Café
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
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Evanston, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Loved it. Went on a Sat. and was very very busy, but I see why. I had heard about this from friends, so decided to give it a try. Definitely worth the wait, wish I could learn to make similar at home.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were told that this was "best. Coffee. Ever." From a local and it did not disappoint! We got a little list trying to find it (it blends in with the la fitness) but seriously I just got the cold brew iced coffee and it was the best is ever had. It was already sweet enough it didn't need anything!... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This place was recommended by a friend and I am so glad we stopped to check it out. I had the mocha which was the smoothest tastiest mocha I have ever had. My boyfriend had the macchiato which was very small but definitely packed a punch and so delicious. We got our coffee to go and it's a very short... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We happened upon this place while looking for good coffee in Chicago. Someone at the Art Institute recommended it with directions to this location. As it wasn't far from our hotel, we decided to walk over and check it out. The menu is streamlined and much better for it. I had a soy latte and haven't tasted one that rich... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

My cousin and I visited the coffee shop 3 times during our time here and it was perfect every time. I do not drink coffee but their tea and hot chocolate were excellent. Tea and coffee are treated as an art form.

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Minneapolis, mn
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Modern clean coffee shop. Comes with well dressed professional baristas. Ordered a small latte and it was delicious. Best latte in Chicago so far. I only visit the downtown area once a year but this is a nice stop worth the walk. Check it out!

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place is totally quiche. I mean, is it hipster? Sure. But you know what? They're NICE hipsters, and they serve great coffee. Coffee prices are reasonable given the labor-intensive process by which they brew (really. I have never seen a barista look at coffee grounds so seriously in my life.). If you have the time and can take the... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We stopped in on our recent stop to Chicago and were definitely not disappointed. The cold brew coffee is the best I've ever had! The inside is super cute and trendy, and is super fun!

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Davie, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

By far some of the best coffee I have had in my life. Even if you have had it before outside of Chicago, you have to try it in the city. My city brews Intelligentsia and it is far from what you can get in Chicago, you'll be hooked.

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Houston, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

(This review is for the Old Town branch of Intelligentsia Coffee) Before I flew from Houston, my coffee-savvy friends insisted me to try out Intelligentsia. Although I had a great coffee experience at Boston's North End, I was still not a huge coffee fan. However, my prospective on coffee has definitely changed after my first trip to Intelligentsia. I was... More

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