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Intelligentsia Coffee

#171 of 8,154 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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53 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-7503
(312) 920-9332
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Marathon M
Riddells Creek, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm from Melbourne, Australia and take my coffee very seriously! Intelligentsia Coffee was recommended by my Airbnb Host after I advised her that I would be seeking good coffee but had doubts I would find any. Well, I was not disappointed, rich, delicious coffee. I was there many times a day and would, quite willingly, walk a long way out... More 

Thank sallynursesally
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our quick stop in this coffee shop. It was extremely crowded so we had to get our coffee for take away, but it was certainly worth the trip over! I had a mocha that was just amazing. Highly recommended if you're looking for a place to get coffee to go!

Thank Rwood214
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends, if one needs to 'chill','relax' or whatever- this establishment is NOT the place to go! The music (musak) was far too loud and frantic- The chairs (that we used) were uncomfortable and backless- Everything - music, staff and furniture- was designed to push customers out the door at record speed. Don't linger because one will feel MORE stressed than... More 

Thank 785belladonna
Bowral, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are always looking for espresso coffee in the USA and so this was just around the corner so we were very happy. It is not the more usual Italian brand coffee taste but it was very good. Also lots of choices with fancy teas and other fancy coffees. Yes it is good.

Thank Joanne P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I swung by this coffee house on my way to a tour. The shop has a nice roomy interior and a diligent and quick staff they had a nice selection of tea (as I am not a coffee drinker). My tea was perfectly brewed Jade Orchid Green tea. I also tried the fruit scone which was a little dry. Overall... More 

Thank jehenson81
Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

The coffee here is well known...In Nashville some of the shops carry their beans. Hip spot to drink and hang but the coffee is oh so smooooth.

Thank Anthony C
Daegu, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Ah. How much I love coffee but only when it's really done right. This place was all over Chicago, so naturally I had to try it out. Upon entering it definitely has a snobby hipster vibe. No poor folk walking in this place. My friends and I came in on a busy Friday, especially with this location. Right in downtown... More 

Thank Jen S
Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Perfect spot for cappuccino or an iced latte, even my Ozzie coffee aficionado friend loves it! Easy to hang out alone or with others, not a ton of seating but usually you can find a spot to sit. The rare real deal!

Thank RubyAl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

I just loved being here on a sunny afternoon listening to music and taking a break from walking around the neighborhood. the green tea latte was robust and complex. the cinnamon raisin cake donut was a little too sweet for my taste, but my boyfriend liked it. It's connected to a barbecue restaurant and it smelled delicious.

Thank Liz T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Open Hours
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-7503
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 920-9332

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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