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Intelligentsia Coffee

53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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Ranked #55 of 8,268 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Sarasota, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Excellent expresso coffee and is pretty much on par with the good coffee places in Sydney and Melbourne. The milk temperature is perfect and the froth is smooth and fine. It is so nice to not have burnt coffee beans or burnt milk. The baristas made their coffee with love!

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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

trendy place and service...a real show of coffee and tea presentation....good coffee (loved the bottom of the drained cup!)...pricey food and coffee but nice experience...not speedy but a place to sit/stand and observe and absorb the atmosphere

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Waterloo, Canada
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286 reviews 286 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
344 helpful votes 344 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This review is for Intelligentsia next to Plum Market in Old Town. The service was very good and curteous. There is outside seating that is nice and on a lively street where you can people watch. The hot chocolate is quite good, it comes in a big cup and is nice and creamy. The cappuccino is excellent, and properly made... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

One of those places who make awesome coffee you are eager to die for. Add yummy granolas, free wifi and honey for coffee - and your day is really success

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Bogota, Colombia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Where can you have the best coffee EVER... Don't search too far, Intelligentsia is the answer!!! They have the best varieties you can ask for. The mood in these coffee shops are really cool. What's even nicer is that each one is different than the other.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Even though I have never been to Chicago... I do drink Intelligentsia coffee all the time!! I just log in to their easy to navigate website and order it. Whether it is whole bean or ground... they roast it as you order it!! You can even have a standing order! Fast and fresh!! I love their coffee!!

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Amsterdam
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30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Ok, i just do not get it...I order a brew, something from the other side of the world, Africa I believe, with a fancy name, and wait 10 minutes. According to the card it has various hints of champagne and some other flavours that I do not associate with coffee. I get this in a 12 ounce mug, and also... More

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