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Intelligentsia Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
107 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • trendy
  • pastries
  • casual
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  • Eric S.
    Eric SteltzerSeptember 16
    Smooth, velvety cappuccino!
  • Chazamm
    ChazammAugust 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Cup in the City! (.)
  • Grainne R.
    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
    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.
  • Mustafa Ö.
    Mustafa ÖzkökJuly 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
  • Jaterra G.
    Jaterra GrantMarch 18, 2015
    I had the Cinnamon Spice Latte at Wildberry in Grant Park.
  • 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 5+ 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.
  • 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 CYLZDecember 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
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