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Intelligentsia Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
110 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • trendy
  • pastries
  • casual
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  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockAugust 4
    Tasty coffee and croissants!
  • Amrutha V.
    Amrutha VarshiniMarch 26
    Been here 5+ times
    The iced mocha is amazing, has to be the best in the city. The coffee is top notch. Good wifi, decent seating space, welcoming if you are looking for a place to sit down and work.
  • anderson c.
    Hot chocolate is the real winner
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 26
    Is Intelligentsia ever anything but great? The coffee and tea are near perfect and this location in particular is spacious with plenty of room to work.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SteltzerSeptember 16, 2016
    Smooth, velvety cappuccino!
  • Chazamm
    ChazammAugust 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Cup in the City! (.)
  • Grainne R.
    Grainne ReganJune 21, 2016
    Intelligentsia is a fantastical coffee experience. The baristas lovingly create coffee concoctions. The pastries are pretty good too - try their savoury croissant and almond tart. Quality.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJune 19, 2016
    Very busy and popular North side Intelligentsia location off Broadway. Pour over the way to go. Baristas were extremely knowledge and helpful in the coffee experience.
  • Lukas P.
    Lukas PersaudDecember 31, 2015
    the coffee is good and it has a nice atmosphere, however the loud music makes it overwhelming.
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoNovember 23, 2015
    Definitely worth a visit if you're traveling to Chicago!
  • Jim O.
    Jim O'DonnellNovember 11, 2015
    Best mocha in town
  • Alisson S.
    Alisson Soche-ForeroNovember 9, 2015
    Chocolate hazelnut vegan cookie, Emerald Spring green tea.
  • LailaSa3ida ..
    LailaSa3ida .November 7, 2015
    Saturday is crazy here but their foamy creamy cappuccino is superb. If you like espresso more than watery American coffee, this is your place! Besides it's close to one of the main train stations!
  • John L.
    John LemanOctober 16, 2015
    Large space with quality interior design.
  • Emily G.
    Emily GlazeSeptember 29, 2015
    A bit pretentious but when your product (coffee) is that good, you can get away with it. Ask for recos on which brew to get.
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca LunaSeptember 24, 2015
    Cold brew and seasonal treats
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerSeptember 10, 2015
    Tasty coffee. Could use more power outlets though.
  • Alessandro B.
    Alessandro BytherAugust 17, 2015
    Don't waste your time coming here for espresso. Unfortunately they don't know how to make it.
  • Art'n S.
    Art'n StudioJuly 23, 2015
    Ethiopian Espresso is definitely the best choice to try!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RubenfireJuly 4, 2015
    Phenomenal cold brew.
  • Megan R.
    Megan RileyJuly 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Black Cat Espresso and mochas
  • Anik C.
    Anik ChaudhryMay 17, 2015
    Incredible as usual
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertApril 13, 2015
    Cold brew always tastes good on a warm day.
  • Sandra M.
    Sandra MoscatoApril 6, 2015
  • Jen K.
    Jen KMarch 18, 2015
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 17, 2015
    It's all good at intelligentsia! Don't let the hipster vibe scare you away, just ask for a coffee and they'll treat you well.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BauersfeldMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious coffee if you don't mind the wait
  • Yasmeen H.
    Yasmeen HusainFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Jam packed on Saturdays!
  • paul g.
    paul garciaFebruary 16, 2015
    Offering best coffee in town :-)
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelJanuary 27, 2015
    The drinks are always quality however the vibe at this shop is more "laptop" oriented and less "chatting with friends after dinner." The intelli fresh flowers are also something I look forward to.
  • Photo L.
    Photo LarryJanuary 1, 2015
    The staff is pretentious and everything is over priced and not worth it
  • Angelina K.
    Angelina KimDecember 31, 2014
    Good roast, great place to work
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 16, 2014
    This place is always packed on the weekend. Tough to get a seat. Though the line moves quick. So get the coffee to go.
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinNovember 29, 2014
    My favorite latte in the area so far.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LegaultNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty good iced coffee, hard to find a place to sit on the weekend.
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 2, 2014
    Chai tea latte = delicious.
  • Roberto
    RobertoNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool vibe. Coffee always amazing. Mexican Perla a winner.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterOctober 8, 2014
    A busy place to do business. If you happen to nab a table during the work day - covet it but be respectful and don't sprawl out.
  • John L.
    John LiottaSeptember 16, 2014
    The original, and still my favorite Intelligentsia.
    Upvoted Sep 2
  • Moonchild
    MoonchildSeptember 15, 2014
    slightly more expensive then all the other places, but absolutely worth it! Best Chai!
  • Michael F.
    Michael FrancoisSeptember 13, 2014
    Very artful brews. Try a straight espresso.
  • Kristina N.
    Kristina NielsenSeptember 10, 2014
    Best coffee place in Chicago. If your in the city visit one off their coffee shops
  • Sven
    SvenAugust 26, 2014
    The third or fourth Chicago Intelligentsia I've visited and just as good as all of them.
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    Love the remodel.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Espresso purists, pour-over nerds and latte lovers alike can find their caffeine fix at this coffee shop, which works directly with growers to develop its coffees and roasts its own beans locally. Read more
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloMay 15, 2014
    Could've done without the croissant and sticky bun (I prefer semifreddi's and tartine), but the Agua Preta brewed coffee was the right amount of dark/bold for me!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 1, 2014
    Erin Meister said it best: “You don't have to be intelligent to love this coffee, but you definitely are intelligent if you do." Read more
  • Rafael C.
    Rafael Coss Y Leon ZarcoDecember 19, 2013
    I like the new image but liked the old one better. Great for a shot of espresso with a sparkling water cup aside!
  • Yehuda udi A.
    Yehuda udi AngelDecember 3, 2013
    Great service
  • Nilay G.
    Nilay GandhiNovember 30, 2013
    No matter how big they get, still the coolest place on earth. Get the cortado to say (Gibraltar, I guess).
  • Max H.
    Max HowellNovember 16, 2013
    1 star. Insufficient sockets for laptop chargers. 30 people in here. 29 laptops. 4 sockets.
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SalazarNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Free cup of coffee w/ purchase of beans!
  • Chazamm
    ChazammOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Why would you be going anywhere else if you're serious about java
  • Disa J.
    Disa JohnsonOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The remodel is great. The original location. Great tunes. Supreme coffee.
  • Lindsey M.
    Lindsey MossSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Delicious all around! But no skim milk option is disappointing.
  • Bill P.
    Bill PritchardSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Worth the wait!
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BaldukasSeptember 1, 2013
    Coffee tastes amazing and a great relaxing atmosphere.
  • Kaitlyn S.
    Kaitlyn SassAugust 23, 2013
    Everything I've ever had from here is delicious. There is so much care out into their drinks, never had one that isn't perfect.
  • Konrad A.
    Konrad ArnoldAugust 9, 2013
    Holy god, this place got more pretentious and yet, the coffee somehow got really bad. Avoid this horrible, horrible place.
  • Laurie L.
    Laurie LaningJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Costa Rican....heaven
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SalazarJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    These registers should be everywhere!
  • Katie S.
    Katie S-DMay 25, 2013
    Service isn't fast but it was fun to watch them turn out the coffee! Got the la perla & it was great. No sugar needed, which isn't usual for me.
  • William H.
    William HendershotMay 15, 2013
    Probably my favorite coffee house in the country.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    Gone are the extra-large drinks and blender mochas, and in are a constantly rotating series of seasonal single origin coffees for the manual brew bar, or feature single origin and blended espressos.
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas ShelbyMay 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Line was long but the coffee is worth it. Great renovations too!
  • Jordan K.
    The Angeleno is amazing!
  • Girish J.
    Girish JoshiMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There new layout makes it clear that they have no interest in their customers being comfortable
  • Jason B.
    Jason BitnerApril 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The redesign is very nice and much needed but where's all the electrical outlets?!
  • Ryan!
    Ryan!February 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the interior and the coffee is spectacular.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LucidoDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A perfect place to be adventurous with coffee. Just leave out the cream and sugar - it's not necessary.
  • Michaela C.
    Michaela ChybowskiNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mocha is delicious! I believe they are using melted chocolate instead of chocolate syrup.
  • Darcy
    DarcyOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesdays: $2 off bags o beans...
  • Luke S.
    Luke SJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you tip your bartender then tip your barista!
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon BJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I just had a google eyes smiling moment inside Intellgentsia with the hottest guy I've ever seen! How do I turn this into a Nora Ephron film?!
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanJune 23, 2012
    The original Intellientsia!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    At the North Broadway flagship, enjoy free Wi-Fi and glam-rock tunes with your signature syrupy and sweet Black Cat Classic espresso. Read more
  • Bob C.
    Bob ChapmanMay 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you come in on a day when they're too busy to do the dishes and order an espresso, you might end up with a pint glass of sparkling water!
  • Ed L.
    Ed LevineFebruary 28, 2012
    Don't sit at the counter and think you'll get served. They look at you, but let you sit there and rot
  • Jessy
    JessyFebruary 16, 2012
    The Philz of Chicago. best location is the one in lakeview on broadway.
  • René F.
    René FuentesFebruary 4, 2012
    If you're looking for something close to a Spanish cafe con leche, order the Gibraltar.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 20, 2012
    "Back home where it all started in 1995, baristas keep it real with brisk service, perfect cappuccinos and meticulous cups of pour-over." Read more
  • Matt S.
    Matt ShimminNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I always got a Gibraltar but always wanted more. I started ordering a medium latte with an extra extraction. Very similar in taste and you get a LOT more. Makes me so happy!!!
  • Loyola University Chicago
    Loyola University ChicagoNovember 13, 2011
    The baristas here turn brewing into a work of art. You'll be motivated to get up early to grab a cup of coffee before the daily grind.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buying a bag of coffee will get you a free coffee.
  • Courtland H.
    Courtland HickeyNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get it to stay - much prettier and tastier!
  • Ixta G.
    Ixta GerardOctober 19, 2011
    Great coffee, great place, great people - just don't go when you are in a rush
  • Bruce P.
    Bruce PaulOctober 16, 2011
    Best coffee served by people who know more than just about anyone and enjoy their job
  • Dan G.
    Dan GlapaSeptember 15, 2011
    Smile and be a little flirty with the wait staff and you might just get yourself a heart shaped frothy latte
  • Renae L.
    Renae LJune 24, 2011
    Outdoor sidewalk seating available.
  • Renae L.
    Renae LJune 23, 2011
    Adorable barista. I'm smitten.
  • Renae L.
    Renae LJune 23, 2011
    No sugar-free syrups:(((. But dig the atmosphere and 'visual' of the coffee. A bit pricey for the size :/
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago says that Intelligentsia Coffee may be the best cup of coffee money can buy.
  • David G.
    David GouldApril 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask the barista to explain the differences among the beans if you don't have a favorite. They're all quite knowledgeable. I haven't been steered wrong yet, and now I know how to ask for what I prefer.
  • Joshmosaurus R.
    Joshmosaurus RexApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Not the best place if you're in a hurry. But most definitely the best place for amazing coffee.
  • ian h.
    ian hallMarch 27, 2011
    An absolute must whenever I visit Chicago...the sharply dressed baristas will dazzle you by topping off your beverage with their trademark 'flower.' Hit Reckless Records across the street afterward!
  • Wookiee B.
    Wookiee BoogieMarch 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the coffee, stay for the attitude.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 15, 2011
    Thought you’d want to know: Intelligentsia has been nominated for Best Local Coffee Roaster in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more
  • David S.
    David SchachJanuary 22, 2011
    Get some online work done with a caffeine fix.
  • Mary Beth L.
    Mary Beth LeisenDecember 4, 2010
    LOVE the design of the Intelligentsia cafes (and the coffee, of course!). This is a joint to hang out in.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LambinoOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Wireless sucks on weekends
  • Itzell I.
    Itzell IslasOctober 27, 2014
    Parada obligatoria para los coffee lovers. ☕❤ Latte de mi amor.
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