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Intelligentsia Coffee

53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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Ranked #87 of 8,188 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Café
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
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Amsterdam
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The title says it all. "Simply" great coffee, which is not so easy to find in the states. I was happy to wondered by and get in. I went back and they had another roast, from another plantation which was different, ut just as great as the first one. Please keep it this way ;)

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The science of the perfect cup of coffee is on display and the result is the most smooth, perfect brew.

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

What a great find this was...I had never been here before. It was worth the very chilly walk down Michigan Avenue to get there...! It was busy, the place is small and the service is not speedy but it was very friendly, and the coffee is well worth the wait. Didn't try any of the food, but I did bring... More

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melbourne
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89 reviews 89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

If you need a real coffee fix in Chicago, you need Intelligentsia. Love their featured brew. Wish they had more tables.

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is the kind of place I could sit for hours watching the staff work away. You can tell they all love what they do and are passionate and knowledgeable about coffee. Not only do they know how to make a great cup (whether it be an espresso, pour-over, filter..you name it!), they clearly know where their coffee comes from,... More

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Ottawa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

I visited this shop and the one at Logan Square during a recent stay in Chicago. Both were outstanding in service and coffee quality. I particularly enjoyed their house roasted - Black Cat - macchiato. The cost is quite inexpensive given the quality of coffee. Must visit locations.

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Sidney, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were on a walking tour and our guide, James, who knew we love good coffee, took us by here. One of the two best coffees I had in our 12 days of travel, which included Manhattan and Washington, DC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

This was a real find. Perfect coffee beautifully presented. Friendly staff who love what they do. And in the Monadnock building too. What more could I ask? Oh yes, I can give St*****ks a wide berth while I'm in Chicago. .

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Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I walked in front of this place wih a local person from Chicago and she said this is the best coffee. The place was closed on Sunday. I told her that I am from Puerto Rico and we had the best coffee of the world, It is the coffee the Poe in Rome drinks. It was hard to belief that... More

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