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Intelligentsia Coffee

#33 of 8,443 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Coffee Shop, Café
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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/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
Good for:
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    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
Equals Melbourne's Coffee

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
4Sorellas
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
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152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 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
9 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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Perth, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

When travelling to the US, I'm usually resigned to drinking subpar coffee thus often no coffee at all. So i was pleasantly surprised by the coffee here. It's as good as the best in Melbourne.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Great coffee. They also has yummy pastries and sweet treats. We came here numerous times during our stay and even bought some of the merchandise. This particular store was close to Millennium Park so we popped in here to grab a coffee and a croissant before going over to the park for a stroll on a chilly October morning.

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a nice breakfast spot, and chose to go here because of the good reviews. This is NOT a good place for breakfast, unless your happy to eat a below average cake type thing. The cakes we got were without doubt the worst I've ever eaten. However, the coffee is excellent. There is always... More 

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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: Coffee Shop, Café

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?