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Intelligentsia Coffee

#183 of 8,344 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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53 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-7503
+1 312-920-9332
06:30 - 20:00
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Sun 07:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the ice chai for the first time!! No disappointment here it was delicious! Seen same staff as from prior visits and everyone were friendly. If you have the time and want a good cup of coffee order the pour overs definite worth the wait!

Thank Kenneth D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a nice visit I had two weekends ago while visiting Chicago! Just a brief walk from the Virgin Hotel where I stayed too. The gentleman at the register was super sweet and hospitable. He had an awesome Velvet looking blue blazed too! I ordered an "Angeleno" which was an iced latte with condensed milk I think. It was really... More 

Thank Rona_Michels
Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trying to find a good cup of coffee on a Sunday morning in the Loop was much more challenging than I thought. When we came upon this place we were excited to try it out. The menu is basic with the typical types of coffee and espresso drinks so if you need caramel and mocha in your coffee, this is... More 

Thank lmstrad83
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While staying Chicago for a few days, I visited Intelligentsia Coffee several times. Great coffee. Delicious pastries. Service was fast and friendly. Nice selection of merchandise. Before departing Chicago, I picked up a couple bags of coffee to enjoy at the office.

Thank forensicsgirl
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I've been wanting to try Intelligentsia coffee for quite some time. The barista was really friendly and knowledgeable. I explained I really wanted to try the coffee and experience the taste and she recommended a cappuccino. It did not disappoint other than not wanting it to end. I also bought coffee beans to bring home. Hip and roomy atmosphere and... More 

Thank erinbeth
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I almost didn't go in with the No Trespassing sign, But I am glad I did. The young lady that runs the place is very sweet and makes an amazing cup of coffee. I went back several times and it was very consistently good. Maybe should get a Customers Only sign out front, but don't pass this up if you... More 

Thank Rob L
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Finally, a place that knows how to make a mocha! Not too sweet, you can taste the coffee, and just plain goodness. Two Portlanders (gourmet coffee city) give you the stamp of approval. Good work!

Thank Prather7
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

I ordered coffee here several mornings throughout my stay in Chicago, and not once was I disappointed! One of my favourite blends was the Brazilian coffee and also Ethiopian. The shops proposes a variety of specialised coffees which alternates on a daily basis. I recommend to all coffee lovers! There are several Intelligentsia cafés situated around the US but I... More 

Thank Daniel L
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Very happy this was a 5 minute walk from my hotel. Popped in every morning for an amazingly smooth and robust Americano. This is a serious coffee-focused joint, so don't expect a wide range of eats (small selection of very nice baked goods...mostly croissants and scones). Staff were very friendly and clearly coffee aficionados. Some seating at the counter, the... More 

Thank Moops
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Wife and my favorite place to enjoy an excellent cup of coffee! A must stop if you are in the area. We always get the pour over and worth the wait. We've tried several pastries and enjoyed everyone of them. The tart is one of our favorites. Last visit we decide to also try the hot chocolate and wasn't disappointed.... More 

Thank Kenneth D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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 St, Chicago, IL 60601-7503
  • 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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