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Intelligentsia Coffee

#164 of 8,213 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 312-920-9332
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun 07:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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torrance, United States
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank cassiej97
Bogota, Colombia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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.

Thank manuelabaquero
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

Thank Pablo G
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank ChopsticksOverFork
Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank MDKiwi
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 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.

Thank Marathon M
Riddells Creek, Australia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 

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Bowral, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 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
07:00 - 19:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: 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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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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