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Intelligentsia Coffee

53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 920-9332
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Ranked #19 of 8,390 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Café
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
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Norton Shores, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 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
88 helpful votes 88 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
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Additional Information about Intelligentsia Coffee

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

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