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Intelligentsia Coffee

53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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Ranked #29 of 8,288 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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English first
Bromley, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Very crowded coffee shop. Long queue and need at least 10-15 minutes waiting for your perfect cup of coffee. Barista did perfectly cappuccino (1/3 espresso, 1/3 hot milk and 1/3 steamed-milk foam), rarely find in other coffee shop. Ice coffee was also good, not too much ice or milk that diluted your real taste of coffee.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

They made this Kiwi girl a near perfect Flat White which was a hard thing to find in the US. Loved the atmosphere. It was like theatre watching the baristas produce such a variety of drinks. Highly recommend checking this place out.

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Toronto, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

There's no denying that this is one of the best coffee joints I've visited on this side of the Atlantic. Their pour-over is second only to the one I had in Barcelona a few months ago. Try both the Costa Rican and Kenyan pour-overs, and these guys pull an epic flat white. The little yogurts they sell, as well as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The employees here love their jobs and it shows in the coffee. I never know what to order because the menu is always changing. Just ask them what they recommend and they'll explain the new roasts in vivid detail. They're always spot on.

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Sydney, Australia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The line of people at the counter is proof enough that the fair trade coffee they produce is of high quality. And they’re pretty meticulous in how they make it. Great espresso, a very decent macchiato and cortado, and for those that like pour-over and the like, well, they do those as well. They even look after tea drinkers.

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Oxford
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The first cup of coffee I have ever had in the USA that has not been made with burnt beans and milk. Agree with Michele O. These guys know their coffee Beautifully presented, froth, art, cup and spoon. Perfect temperature and oh so smooth. The first drinkable coffee since I left the UK 2 weeks ago. Thank you so much,... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you like good espresso, you need to try this cafe. Darn fine coffee. Whipped the stumptown espresso I tried in NYC hands down

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Evanston, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Loved it. Went on a Sat. and was very very busy, but I see why. I had heard about this from friends, so decided to give it a try. Definitely worth the wait, wish I could learn to make similar at home.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were told that this was "best. Coffee. Ever." From a local and it did not disappoint! We got a little list trying to find it (it blends in with the la fitness) but seriously I just got the cold brew iced coffee and it was the best is ever had. It was already sweet enough it didn't need anything!... More

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