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Intelligentsia Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
283 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • trendy
  • lively
  • authentic
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  • Joh S.
    Joh Sung1 week ago
    A San Francisco, Bay Area couple started their own third wave coffee spot in Chicago with this lovely downtown shop. This is easy to drink, speciality coffee, and pour overs are expertly done
  • Gonzalo S.
    Gonzalo Solis3 weeks ago
    The line starts in the back!
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WhartonSeptember 12
    The best, waits can be long, but worth it. Nice staff
  • Charlie H.
    Charlie HardyAugust 11
    espresso was pretty bitter... pull time must have been off. mocha decent bc of the balance of dark chocolate/espresso which had a potent aftertaste... Atmosphere is neat, though. 2 out of 5 stars.
  • Neel B.
    Maybe the best espresso I've ever had
  • Heba-I-am
    Heba-I-amJuly 25
    Hipster much? Omg 😂 seriously I love coffee and their brewed kenya is super meh! I'd go somewhere else tbh ✌🏻
  • Mohammed A.
    Lovely caffe latte
  • Mohammad A.
    Can't get enough cappuccino.
  • Moonlamoo ..
    Love their latte
  • Roger C.
    I call this place the "old reliable" - perfect espresso shot every time. Seating is kind of limited, so if you're looking for a table to yourself you're out of luck.
  • Subhro M.
    Subhro MJune 30
    Super busy coffee shop in the loop serving top-notch coffee
  • Jose Luis B.
    Intelligentisia is a reason on his own to go to Chicago!
  • Sarah B.
    Kind of small, but seating outside is great with a friend when the weather permits.
  • Connie C.
    Iced latte with the oatmeal butterscotch 🍪
  • Jonathan M.
    Really nice spot and coffee. It's even better downtown so that you can avoid Starbucks.
  • Ronald W.
    Ronald WidhaApril 26
    Awesome vibe, but somehow my cappucino was a little sour
  • John M.
    John MorganMarch 16
    Super baristas!! Stay for a pourover
  • Cosette E.
    Perfect stop in your way to Millennium park, especially on a chilly day. Grab a latte to keep you warm and continue your walk over!
  • Maayan S.
    Maayan SheinfeldFebruary 22
    Been here 5+ times
    The best coffee around.
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HaydonFebruary 4
    I have traveled a lot, and I have to say this is probably one of the best coffee spots I've visited in the US. Try the unique #Chemex With success comes popularity, so be prepared to wait.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • A S.
    A SwissJanuary 15
    Always classic Java at Intelligentsia! Oat milk was very tasty!! Try it 💯✅
  • Paul T.
    Paul TziridesDecember 17, 2016
    Literally everything is amazing.
  • Han L.
    Han LeeNovember 17, 2016
    Love this place!
  • Afnan ✨
    Afnan ✨November 14, 2016
    The brand, smell, taste, everything is amazing!
  • Ian M.
    Ian McCarrollNovember 11, 2016
    Coffee - they even have a flat white!
  • Sagar J.
    Sagar JhobaliaNovember 7, 2016
    The WiFi strength is nice. I was able to pull a full day of network intensive work. +1for their pumpkin spice latte
  • Sagar J.
    Sagar JhobaliaNovember 6, 2016
    They've a nice Macchiato.. Get the vanilla one. For some reason they offer you great sparkling water too..
  • Dan F.
    Dan FaNiOctober 30, 2016
    Best coffee ever!!!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweOctober 24, 2016
    High quality coffee that it's best to sip black no sugar or cream add Ons
  • Nick W.
    Nick WestOctober 19, 2016
    The best alternative to Starbucks!!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.October 19, 2016
    great spot to grab coffee if you have time to kill near the loop and millennium park
  • David C.
    David C.September 25, 2016
    Got the cold brew and was honestly disappointed. I wouldn't go back.
  • K
    KSeptember 14, 2016
    Good coffee, and the worst spot ever. I suggest relocating ASAP
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AbbottSeptember 3, 2016
    Best Latte I've had in Chicago
  • Samantha Mae
    Samantha MaeAugust 29, 2016
    Best latte I have ever had in my life -that's coming from an avid coffee drinker. Went back to brave the long line just to buy the El Diablo Dark Roast to take home.
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.August 5, 2016
    V60 great. Quieter than Jackson Blvd branch.
  • Amrutha V.
    Amrutha VarshiniJuly 14, 2016
    Iced Mocha is awesome. The service at Lakeview's was better but the ambience and the noise level over here was better.
  • Jana A. Kri
    Jana A. KriJuly 2, 2016
    Best coffee in town. Oops, I'm repeating myself 🙈
  • J. I.
    J. I.G.July 2, 2016
    Great coffee in Chicago
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJune 19, 2016
    Favorite Intelligentsia spot. Many locations, but love the atmosphere here around Millenium Park. Pour over, pour over, pour over no matter the bean is the choice!
  • Ringo R.
    Ringo RiraMay 21, 2016
    Creamy latte
  • Christina W.
    Christina WMay 21, 2016
    Service is agonizingly slow. Probably a good idea to staff more than one barista at a time.
  • M W.
    M WMay 21, 2016
    Excellent coffee and my favourite cups!
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BurdonMay 16, 2016
    Lattes are excellent
  • Nikolai O.
    Nikolai OudalovMay 11, 2016
    Flat white is perfect here!
  • Grant T.
    Grant ThomasApril 19, 2016
    Ethiopian washed coffee 👌🏼
  • T
    TMarch 19, 2016
    Cappuccino was good! Not the best I've ever had
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Solid coffee for your caffeine fix ☕️
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanFebruary 14, 2016
    Loved it.. the flatwhite is perfect
  • Kübra Z.
    Kübra ZenginFebruary 6, 2016
    I love hot chocolate here! What winter brings you : )
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanFebruary 3, 2016
    Perfect latte art every time.
  • Matthias H.
    Matthias HohmannJanuary 6, 2016
    Cappuccino and fruit scone
  • Brian R.
    Brian RayJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    maybe you will learn to love coffee here. They can help.
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FoltzDecember 19, 2015
    I had the Rvumbu Rwanda; amazing coffee. That's all I had to say
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorDecember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for the coffee and stay for the service. Just love it
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraNovember 28, 2015
    Probably one of the best coffee places I've been to. Great atmosphere and delicious coffee. It is very, very busy. You may have trouble finding a seat.
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Wes W.
    Wes WillisonNovember 25, 2015
    Cappuccino oh my god
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Best coffee in USA
  • Roland S.
    Roland StadlerNovember 21, 2015
    It was do special to be there
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidNovember 8, 2015
    The chai is incredible.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserNovember 3, 2015
    Best coffee. Some staff might be hipster pretentious.
  • Moni C.
    Moni CerpaNovember 3, 2015
    Great location and kindly staff. Loved the design store and packaging
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Very bitter but strong coffee
  • Michael C.
    Michael CottrellOctober 31, 2015
    Cool staff, amazing drinks. They have a really dope app, too!
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanOctober 20, 2015
    I love their latte
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyOctober 19, 2015
    Intelli is the truth. This spot is maybe a bit more sterile than their other coffee bars, but the coffee is still impeccable. Go pour over or go home.
  • Marwan M.
    Marwan MzOctober 10, 2015
    Guys you should try this coffee shop. One of the best in town. Fresh brewing coffee🍵
  • Denette
    DenetteSeptember 29, 2015
    Coffee was good. They need almond milk. Only soy.
  • Angel j.
    Angel jacquesSeptember 18, 2015
    This is my #1 all-time fave coffee shop (any of the intelligentsia locations). I must stop at one everyone I visit chicago.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonSeptember 2, 2015
    The morning bun is amazing
  • hena h.
    hena hannSeptember 2, 2015
    very specialized in dealing with coffee and its services.
  • Olga G.
    Olga GonzalezAugust 24, 2015
    Order the green tea!
  • Marlon
    MarlonAugust 17, 2015
    Bought a sweet souvenir mug w the Chicago flag on it. Love it.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    Ask an employee for the bathroom key
  • Irakar V.
    Irakar VatovskaAugust 3, 2015
    Black Cat espresso was a bit sour, but Black Cat machiato tasted good
  • Haydée S.
    Haydée SantanaAugust 1, 2015
    Try a superbly spiced dirty chai and hang out to try one the Matthew's Mazes posted above the bar along the wall.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WhinneryJuly 30, 2015
    Fun stop after following the coffee shop on Instagram for a few years. Iced dirty chai was spicy and so so good. Next time I'll hit up the roastery.
  • Farouq A.
    Farouq AldilaijanJuly 25, 2015
    Chicago, only, coffeeshop. Don't miss it if passby Chicago
  • Rohan D.
    Rohan DsouzaJuly 24, 2015
    My go to for coffee and almond croissant
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJuly 22, 2015
    Enjoy a tasty seasonal espresso, followed by a seasonal pour over. The jitters are worth it!!
  • Tabitha J.
    Tabitha JohnsonJuly 18, 2015
    Great cold brew.
  • Jason
    JasonJune 22, 2015
    I liked their pastries.
  • Abdulrahman A.
    Abdulrahman AQJune 13, 2015
    On of the best cappuccinos in Chicago.
  • Marcel E.
    Marcel EJune 11, 2015
    Good coffee. I get that it is a artisanal coffee place but I think is a bit pricey.
  • teKilla_Uno
    teKilla_UnoJune 6, 2015
    Best coffeehouse ever
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherJune 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfectly brewed coffee every time . I have to stop & grab a cup with an oatmeal coffee every time I'm in the neighborhood.
  • Arnoud A.
    Arnoud AalbersbergJune 3, 2015
    Hands down best cappuccino in chicago, with latte art, made with passion
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StarksMay 25, 2015
    I had the Mint Chocolate Mocha and it was VERY good!
  • Erika
    ErikaMay 24, 2015
    Good coffee!
  • Viridianne
    ViridianneMay 22, 2015
    Iced chai was super sweet and was 90% ice.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FuicaMay 3, 2015
    Baristas and everything
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanApril 26, 2015
    A friend shared this with me. His favorite coffee in Chicago. A fine cappuccino by baristas with beards and ties.
  • Mia
    MiaApril 15, 2015
    Iced black coffee was delicious on a hot day!
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaMarch 29, 2015
    Black cat espresso
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AlafrizMarch 27, 2015
    Good coffee, friendly staff, hilarious restroom spoons
  • Joellen B.
    Joellen BurgerMarch 26, 2015
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  • Maryam M.
    Maryam MalikMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful service & rich flavorful latte served like how a latte should be. Plenty of scones/muffins to choose from as well.
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SoonMarch 17, 2015
    The macchiato was really nice and strong
  • Sam S.
    Sam SvitaMarch 13, 2015
    Amazing coffee, great service. A bit overpriced and pretentious though. We already love your coffee, you have nothing to prove...
  • Nigel P.
    Nigel PepperMarch 8, 2015
    Best flat white, and indeed coffee overall I've had in Chicago.
  • Csilla T.
    Great coffee with nice staff, location 👍☕️❤️
  • Erick B.
    Erick Bernal LiceaJanuary 6, 2016
    Todo es muy rico!!
  • Pau M.
    Pau MaderoJune 8, 2015
    El café salvadoreño y el té están muy ricos
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 19, 2015
    Очень круто. Очень уважительно по отношению к кофе и чаю. Бариста очень интеллегентные :) Большой выбор чего купить с собой
  • Mehmet Y.
    Mehmet YaziciogluMay 11, 2015
    Chicago'ya geldiyseniz mutlaka burda bir sabah kahvaltıya gelin pişman olmazsınız
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