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Intelligentsia Coffee

#115 of 8,779 Places to Eat in Chicago
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Neighborhood:
Downtown / The Loop
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53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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7:00 am - 7:00 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout

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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best of the chain!

This is my personal favourite of the many Intelligentsia's in Chi-town. They are much more welcoming and helpful here! The coffee is great at all of the stops though!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Lucas S
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Welland, Canada
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Welland, Canada
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my personal favourite of the many Intelligentsia's in Chi-town. They are much more welcoming and helpful here! The coffee is great at all of the stops though!

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Thank Lucas S
Loveland, Ohio
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in here on a rainy day after visiting the Art Institute. Yes, there is a "hipster vibe" as some have said. However, my tween, teen, and I felt welcome. The person taking our order was patient and helpful. We tried a coffee, a cappuccino, and hot chocolate. All were fantastic. The hot chocolate was especially rich and delicious,... More 

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Thank Carol C
Grand Island, New York
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174 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on a chilly morning and had a nice coffee to start our day. They also have WiFi and offer pastries if you need a small breakfast. The cranberry scone was good.

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Thank kwnike13
Sydney, Australia
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125 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used to live in Chicago and my fiance loved Intelligentsia, said it might be his favourite coffee in the world. Now we stop by each time we visit, and no matter how much we build it up in our memories they still manage match our expectations! Great coffee and for me, delicious foamy hot chocolate. Keep it up Intelligentsia!

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Thank Canada-Oz
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When it comes to coffee, I'm extremely difficult to please. I am an amateur coffee roaster and am fanatical about fresh, perfectly prepared coffee. In the U.S. Starbucks has become the monster brand but really does not have the best coffee by a long shot for many reasons. Their flavor profile is based on a very dark roast which is... More 

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Thank 382jas27
Barcelona, Spain
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best coffee I have ever had in the States! The baristas are great, the coffe is great and the place is soooo cozy. Amazing exoerience.

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Thank Noelia A
Austin, Texas
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Bustling coffee shop in the cold weather. Really good coffee. Their chai latte is spicy and warming. The place was busy, but service was quick and friendly. Definitely worth a stop for morning coffee.

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Thank JenRaVo
Antwerp
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192 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I love artisanal coffee and this was great. I had a cortado, with the standard black cat espresso beans. Perfectly served and cute rosette on top. The vibe urban industrial and clean. The staff friendly and really efficient. Loved it.

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Thank Adrian T
Edmonton, Canada
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Hands down, the best coffee we had in Chicago. I had a soy latte and the ham and cheese breakfast croissant. Pastry was flaky and buttery, infused with the ham flavours. The latte was rich and silky, perfect for a rainy morning. So good we went back and bought 3 lbs of beans to bring home.

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Thank Danielle N
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Had a couple of excellent vanilla lattes. Staff was very friendly but ordering was a little complicated. Limited seating as well. We had to stand and drink our coffee.

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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: Cafe

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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  • 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.