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Intelligentsia Coffee

#25 of 8,462 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Café, 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
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 112
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Vibe! Yummy Coffee!

I love this coffee shop. From it's ambiance to their perfect latte swirl. Whenever I'm in Chicago, I always make sure that I am in walking distance to this Intelligentsia. They are so welcoming. I especially love the fresh flowers on the tables. It's such a lovely touch.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Saranezz
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
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155 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I love this coffee shop. From it's ambiance to their perfect latte swirl. Whenever I'm in Chicago, I always make sure that I am in walking distance to this Intelligentsia. They are so welcoming. I especially love the fresh flowers on the tables. It's such a lovely touch.

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Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This is not your run of the mill everyday coffee , it's serious coffee. We're talking coffee measured in grams on a tared scale with precise water temperature. We sat in and got am awesome lesson and tasting of the Persephone blend from Chris(?), our barista. Thoroughly enjoyed our coffee and croissant. Would go back

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This is a hipster's paradise. It's a really wonderful cafe. I don't drink americano, but if you do, check out this place. Fully manual americano. They spend like five minute pouring the hot water on the ground coffee, with stopwatches, thermostats, and filter papers! LOL you gotta admit that coffee will taste good you know, it's engineered!

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Nothing like finding a great coffee place when you are travelling and spoilt for choice from your home town. Modern and intense for all types coffee connoisseurs. Pastries yummy. Worth the visit everyday

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12 reviews 12 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I was here in early January 2015, in search of a great latte and a couple of pounds of coffee beans to go. The latte was perfect: beautiful, smooth, rich, no bitterness whatsoever. When I needed a couple of bags of coffee for some friends, one of their staff was extremely helpful in explaining the different styles they offered. He... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Intelligentsia Coffee's "in-house" music was the loudest & most irritating I've ever encountered in a coffee house. God knows how many decibels were belting out through their "sound system". Is that really necessary for a coffee shop? To top it off, the high stools were very uncomfortable and one didn't want to linger in their establishment. I guess that is... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Visited this place most days over news years eve holiday to Chicago. The best coffee. Snacks were good too. I will return.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Great coffe and hot teas, and chocolate!!! The staff is very friendly n helpfiul. Lot of stuff to take home too, from the coffee pots to mugs.

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Norton Shores, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A local recommended this coffee shop to me. My wife and I are from Michigan, but while visiting Chicago we made it a priority to at least check Intelligentsia out. We were not sorry, in fact we came back again the next day. We enjoyed everything about it - the obviously knowledgeable staff, the entertaining view of them working from... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great Coffee!! My husband and I loved it so much that we came back for 2nds and 3rds!! It is a little pricey but you get what pay for. If you want super delish smooth coffee than this is the place to go!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Café, 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?