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Intelligentsia Coffee

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Downtown / The Loop
Coffee Shop, Coffee Shop
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53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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Today
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 125
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing Start to the Day

I highly recommend the Angeleno iced coffee beverage....amazing. The croissants are top notch as well. The Randolph Street is a great place to stop after an early morning visit to Millennial Park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Brad P
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the Angeleno iced coffee beverage....amazing. The croissants are top notch as well. The Randolph Street is a great place to stop after an early morning visit to Millennial Park.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This place is incredible. I'm reviewing it again in more detail. Seriously one of the best coffee you'll ever have, whether it's an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, mocha, even hot chocolate, etc. The coffee is made meticulously, and the baristas are obviously professional. I mean look at their beards, clothes, glasses, etc. I tried many different types of cappuccino in here.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Intelligentsia is a well known player in the craft coffee world. I had high expectations when I walked into their flagship shop near Millennium Park. The shop was packed with people getting their morning coffee, so much that I couldn't get a place to sit. So I got into the back of the line expecting to wait at least 15... More 

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Sacramento, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Stopped for a pick-me-up latte and mocha. Staff were friendly and helpful; coffees were delightful. We will go back before our visit is up. No patio seating but spacious and plenty of indoor seating when we were there.

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calgary
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Stumbled upon this coffee shop. They make great coffee & got my Flat White to go and left very happy. Nice little find in NYC.

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Campinas, SP
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

If you love coffee this is the place to go, no mater how you like it, Expresso, late, cappuccino, filtered, light, whatever, they make one of the best coffees I have ever tried. Loved the place, but be careful, you will need time as it is usually packed.

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College Station, Texas
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186 restaurant reviews
271 helpful votes 271 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I really do not like acidic coffee beans and, unfortunately, these were the beans used at Intelligentsia. The place is hip, modern, friendly, but the coffee just did not do it for me. I did, however, love the sparking water. Most awesome surprise ever in a coffee shop.

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Rosanky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I walked a little out of the way to try this place when I was in town visiting a friend and I am glad I did! The coffee was perfectly strong but flavorful without any bitterness or overbearing coffee flavor! The berry scone I had was also delicious!! I even picked up a stylish mug as a souvenir!!

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Nazareth
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91 reviews 91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

All I can comment on is the coffee, and it was VERY good. My wife and I both got the basic cappuccino and thoroughly enjoyed them. In fact, this turned into being the only coffee we wanted to consume while in Chicago. Kudos!!

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Plano, Texas, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Lovely experiences for us in Chicago. My husband love his black coffee and I love mine latte swirl. This is THE place for coffee. Modern and intense for all types coffee connoisseurs.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 920-9332

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.