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Intelligentsia Coffee

#171 of 8,251 Places to Eat in Chicago
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53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 312-920-9332
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
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Canton, Michigan
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a super hipster place, and I've been to quite a few of those. I don't consider myself hipster, but I enjoy trying out all the good things can be found in such environment. The coffee was good, but I've had better, and the atmosphere a little stiff. I prefer something a little more welcoming. Just not my thing,... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This coffee shop was nice I got a hot mocha and a peanut butter cookie. The mocha really hit the spot on a cold day! The heart shaped design on the mocha was so cute. The cookie was pretty good too!

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Thank Jessica D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If coffee really matters to you, Intelligencia is the place to go. A small but carefully curated array of coffees to choose from and a very knowledgeable staff that was all help and no coffee snob attitude. I walked 20 minutes out of my way every day I was in Chicago to go to this place and it was well... More 

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Thank Lysanderraf
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

There are lots of choices these days when it comes to getting a cup of coffee. But if you are a true connoisseur and you appreciate the craft of roasting & pouring, this is the place for you. Every staff member is well prepared to speak on their product and they are very helpful in answering any questions.

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Thank Jason F
torrance, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Busy but awesome coffee. Space is small but cozy much more comfortable to be in than the one in Venice

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Thank cassiej97
Bogota, Colombia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Restrooms could be cleaner but since you come for the coffee, which is great, we rated it 5. There's a variety and you get enough coffee to sit here for 2-3 hours. Pastries are nice as well.

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Thank manuelabaquero
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

This coffee is out of this world, it's expensive but totally worth it! The bread is also great, ask for the almond croissant! The Colombian special brew is amazing!

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Thank Pablo G
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Get house coffee (pour overs) or cappuccino. They roast the beans locally and its great. Of course, if you had lots of sugar and flavoring, I don't know how this will compare since I don't drinks those. Intelligentsia is a local brand with few coffee shops in Chicago and their coffee is served throughout Chicagoan restaurants and beans available in... More 

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Thank ChopsticksOverFork
Washington, DC
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Been here twice now. Best espresso around downtown. Plus they do flat whites. And the cookies and brownies are delicious

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Thank MDKiwi
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Forget Starbucks (please). Intelligentsia is the place to go for a properly prepared cup of coffee. Yes, the folks who work here look like typical hipster baristas, but they know their stuff. You may pay a little more here, but you'll be getting one of the best cups of coffee in the city.

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Thank Marathon M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-920-9332

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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