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Intelligentsia Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
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  • espresso drinks
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  • Leveloper
    Leveloper5 days ago
    Love this place!
  • J. I.
    J. I.G.November 10
    Probably the best coffee in Chicago
  • Mark D.
    Mark DregerNovember 1
    Top notch coffee spot for a quick brew while in the Loop for locals and visitors alike. Lots of good pasty options too.
  • Joh S.
    Joh SungOctober 11
    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 SolisSeptember 22
    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.
    Mohammed AlDhaheriJuly 23
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • paul g.
    paul garciaMarch 4, 2015
    The best lattes
  • Lily
    LilyMarch 1, 2015
    AMAZING coffee. Try the Angeleno (4 shots of expresso in an iced vanilla latte)
  • John F.
    John FrenchFebruary 28, 2015
    A great coffee shop. Great travel mugs!
  • Simon K.
    Simon KFebruary 24, 2015
    Best coffee I found while in Chicago.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Great coffee, friendly staff!
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoFebruary 14, 2015
    The downtown location of the godfather of Chicago 3rd wave/specialty coffee. If you're serious about coffee put this on your list. Direct trade and seasonal espresso, cold-brew and pourover coffees.
    Upvoted Oct 11
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeJanuary 29, 2015
    If you have time, enjoy sitting at the coffee bar and watch the baristas in action.
  • Aarti S.
    Aarti ShenoyJanuary 18, 2015
    I felt special getting coffee here. The whole ceremony in the way they serve a hot cuppa coffee is enough to make it worth the price
  • Aidan K.
    Aidan KennedyJanuary 7, 2015
    Awesome place, similar to Dogwood Coffee in Minnesota.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TaoDecember 30, 2014
    Love the lattes here
  • Leonardo G.
    Leonardo GastmannDecember 16, 2014
    Had the black cat cappuccino
  • Alexandros P.
    Alexandros PlexidasDecember 6, 2014
    If my new 70y old friend (who has spent all of his life in Chicago) says this is the best coffee in town, then I have no reason not to believe him!
  • Crew
    CrewDecember 4, 2014
    Few plugs. Wi-Fi password: intelligentsia Read more
  • G🐞rkem
    G🐞rkemNovember 30, 2014
    Croissants are very good 👍 Staff is so cheerful and familiar 😊 Place is so small,pure and crowd. You may be to await one's turn if you want to have a sit down. Coffee trays are so pretty 💖
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinNovember 27, 2014
    Amazing latte
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierNovember 20, 2014
    Undoubtably the best coffee roasters in the city, they also make an excellent cup of joe.
  • Colin M.
    Colin MorrisNovember 14, 2014
    Cappuccino really showcases the quality of the coffee served here. Speaking of service, that alone is worth the trip: It's an even mix of art and science here.
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GishkarianyOctober 31, 2014
    1st place I've been to in usa that have flat white on the menu, and it was amazing. Must try for serious coffee drinkers. Plus they play great tunes.
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 28, 2014
    Good location in the loop and decent but not great coffee.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StanisciaOctober 22, 2014
    You know you're hip when you have artisan rugs on your walls.
  • Ale A.
    Ale AlvarezOctober 11, 2014
    Latte and fruit scone in the best mix.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChangSeptember 27, 2014
    Wow this coffee is amazing. Also Free Wifi and lots of workspace
  • Angel A.
    Angel AyalaSeptember 26, 2014
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee but be prepared to wait in line
  • Guy S.
    Guy SpierSeptember 21, 2014
  • Jeremey B.
    Jeremey BarrettSeptember 21, 2014
    One of the most consistently great lattes in America.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BergsteinSeptember 19, 2014
    Get a pour over. Worth the wait
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SSeptember 17, 2014
    Try the Iced Vanilla Latte. Seriously the best in the city
  • Eduardo N.
    Eduardo NestorSeptember 15, 2014
    Great coffee
  • Lex +.
    Lex +September 6, 2014
    Best coffee shop in the Loop
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LaiAugust 31, 2014
    One of my favorite stops when I am in town
  • Jarrod M.
    Jarrod MillerAugust 30, 2014
    Just get an espresso. Short grumpy and bitter. Like me.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GallagherAugust 28, 2014
    Suited and booted baristas serve espresso, pour over and iced coffees downtown. Nice taste overall, service was just OK. I'd try it again.
  • Sven
    SvenAugust 26, 2014
    Worth a pilgrimage when I'm in Chicago for fresh roasted single-origin coffee, brewed to bring the best out of each variety of bean.
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungAugust 26, 2014
    Best beans near the bean
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourAugust 17, 2014
    There is always a line, but the staff is always on top of their customer service.
  • Takeshi 🍜 O.
    Takeshi 🍜 OhishiAugust 15, 2014
    Iced chai is great especially in summer time!
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskyAugust 14, 2014
    Awesome coffee and atmosphere downtown Chitown
  • ☃
    August 11, 2014
    Iced mocha
  • Jack O.
    Jack OlinAugust 10, 2014
    Got a Kenyan pour over and a canale. Delish.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Coffee contains more aromatic and flavor compounds than wine. The good baristas here tease out the best of them. Try a shot of espresso and pourover side by side to taste what I mean.
  • Megan R.
    Megan RileyAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Consistently great coffee. One of my favorite coffee shops in Chicago.
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    Busy shop, so be prepare to wait.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 7, 2014
    Pour over coffee
  • J. R.
    J. R.August 7, 2014
    Delicious lattes!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniAugust 6, 2014
    Get a pour over. Pretend to know what coffee region you're ordering.
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalAugust 3, 2014
    Rock a cup of the cold brew all year!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FengJuly 25, 2014
    The Angeleno is an iced coffee with not too much sugar and milk - perfection!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MelnickJune 14, 2014
    Highest concentration of people who truly believe they are the most important person in the room.
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertJune 4, 2014
    Looks pretentious, tastes delicious. Definitely the best coffee in Chicago.
  • Romy S.
    Romy SethMay 22, 2014
    Pretty good. Not great. Intelli < dollop
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMay 18, 2014
    The iced chai has a unique hint of sweet spices that I've never tasted. Try it!
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerMay 18, 2014
    The Pour Over prepared on the chemex is the ultimate hip move, says local source. It fired me up.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TMay 1, 2014
    Horrendous service, poor seating with no outlets. Waited 10min for my small coffee to go.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LApril 22, 2014
    The dirty chai is the best I've had in Chicago! Yum!!
  • Brian
    BrianMarch 28, 2014
    A victim of technology. Their internet was down, so their POS was too. Couldn't sell anything, but ended up comping all drinks. Excellent service.
  • Cynthia Y.
    Cynthia YoungMarch 8, 2014
    I ❤️ the mocha.
  • Tommy T.
    Tommy ThomasinoFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Most intelligent coffee in the loop. For the most intelligent in the loop. The Chocolate Croissants are tasty.
  • Taylor O.
    Taylor OstmanJanuary 25, 2014
    Try to choose time wisely. We went around 9:20 and by 9:45 the place was packed! Definitely delicious though!
  • Mohammad
    MohammadJanuary 4, 2014
    Best Mocha in the city! 💗
  • Tyler V.
    Tyler ValentikDecember 30, 2013
    My cinnamon swirl was pretty old; left me feeling pretty cheated considering the cost ($4). Otherwise the coffee was far above par and the staff kick ass. Probably helps that they're all super cute.
  • Brent S.
    Brent SmithDecember 9, 2013
    Best coffee ever
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GoodfellowDecember 7, 2013
    Not exceptional, they do pour overs that end up not being very warm. I would not rate this place any higher than your average Starbucks.
  • Mac
    MacDecember 4, 2013
    Try the coffee!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mac
    MacDecember 4, 2013
    Try the coffee
  • Ross G.
    Ross GarnerDecember 1, 2013
    Starbucks prices, much better coffee.
  • Jarallah M.
    Jarallah M AlmarriNovember 30, 2013
    Love it <3
  • Brett K.
    Brett KellerNovember 21, 2013
    The Ethiopian blend blew me away. This would probably be my new spot if I didn't live in Philly. If any Intelligentsia lovers are ever here though, check out ReAnimator and get an espresso.
  • Abhay S.
    Abhay ShahOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the atmosphere, stay for the coffee
  • Eric W.
    Eric WilkersonOctober 24, 2013
    Great spot to enjoy a traditional cup of well roasted coffee :0)
  • Akbar D.
    Akbar DosaniOctober 5, 2013
    Black Cat Cappuccino. That's all you need to know.
  • Daisy
    DaisyOctober 4, 2013
    Beautiful capps!
  • Osmaan A.
    Osmaan A.September 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The line/crowd can get really intense. If you were already on your way up the Randolph Street "hill" - head to Wildberry instead. Their Intelligentsia coffee bar will have you in and out in 2 minutes.
  • Drew L.
    Drew LaddSeptember 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is so bougie but so good.
  • Aziz J.
    Aziz JungkSeptember 20, 2013
    Every person who comes here likes foursquare!
  • Christian
    ChristianSeptember 12, 2013
    Have been there in March 2013 twice. I think... anything you can get there will blast your mind. I had one drip coffee and one cappucino. - Great!
  • Margaret
    MargaretAugust 25, 2013
    The vanilla latte was incredibly smooth and enlightening - a must try! I will def be back :)
  • Dalton S.
    Dalton SpearAugust 9, 2013
    Lattes out of this world, best iced chai in Chicago
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor SAugust 9, 2013
    Iced chai is AMAZING!! Perfect mix between sweet and spicy. Yum!
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    They only have one size for their iced Americanos, so if ya need an extra kick just add another shot for a buck more.
  • Gilberto
    GilbertoAugust 5, 2013
    You can even buy socks here, to keep you warn inside and outside.
  • Lauren
    LaurenAugust 5, 2013
    This place is very cool. Worth deviating from Starbucks.
  • Dory M.
    Dory MacielAugust 4, 2013
    Great iced coffee! Fresh roasted...
  • Salina
    SalinaAugust 4, 2013
    The Iced Chai was amazing!
  • Mark K.
    Mark KinsleyJuly 25, 2013
    Great coffee. But the place closes at 8. Seriously??
  • Dan R.
    Dan RuswickJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The service is intolerably slow. I waited 20 minutes for a cappuccino, and will never be returning. There are superior Intelly locations at which the service doesn't suck. Go to those instead.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 24, 2013
    If you love coffee, this has to be where you go first in Chicago. Many locations, but love the atmosphere here around Millenium Park. Pour over, pour over, pour over no matter the bean is the choice!
  • Jacob N.
    Jacob NewsomJuly 22, 2013
    The staff is helpful and the location is nice w/ the outdoor space; Wear your most hipster outfit, studded shorts for girls and all men should dress like a speakeasy employee from the 20's.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FoxJuly 14, 2013
    The most Melbourne-like coffee and cafe in the US I've experienced so far. Divine!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SwinglerJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    How the hell am I the first of any of you to check in here
  • Chetan K.
    Chetan KJuly 13, 2013
    Try their Tea selection (or variety) too. The person who prepares tea is very thorough
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJuly 6, 2013
    Iced coffee for a warm, humid morning.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    My favorite coffee in Chicago. Everything is good. The espresso brownies are extra good!!!
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You really should get here around 8am if you wanna beat the morning rush.
  • La W.
    La WangMay 29, 2013
    This place is really sexy and gadgety but both times I've been here the tea has been oversteeped. This tip is to remind myself to ask for one minute less next time.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoMay 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Espresso is awesome and amazing, probably the best coffee shop you will find in downtown Chicago.
  • Ian D.
    Ian DeJongMay 25, 2013
    Get the outrageously fruity Kenyan espresso while you can. It's eye-opening.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 24, 2013
    Chicago is a surprisingly great coffee town, and this is one of the best local options.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SieversMay 18, 2013
    Best coffee in Chicago! Plus an outdoor cafe = the perfect millennium park respite!
  • Dan H.
    Dan HillMay 12, 2013
    Achingly hip, but also very good. Will do a flat white if you ask for it.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron K.April 4, 2013
    A total hipster hangout but excellent coffee. Well worth the wait for fantastic coffee. Just ignore the indignant stares from some of the staff.
  • Hana F.
    Hana FelembanMarch 25, 2013
    Great place ! But always packed !
  • Omar A.
    Omar AlsubaghMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    All there coffees good ,
  • Hyejin P.
    Hyejin ParkMarch 4, 2013
    If you are looking for the most delicious coffee in Chicago, RIGHT HERE!
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Of coarse you know the coffee and espresso are awesome, but so are the pastries. Try the canelé.
  • Adam C.
    Adam ClarkJanuary 27, 2013
    They'll gladly fill my thermos!
  • Amy P.
    Amy PriestleyJanuary 23, 2013
    Best vanilla latte I've had. Delicious!
  • Leif F.
    Leif FescenmeyerJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't want to wait long, order an americano instead of drip coffee.
  • Jay C.
    Jay CJanuary 13, 2013
    Come for the coffee. Stay for the muffins.
  • Kay D.
    Kay DDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    baristas are incredibly helpful! Free drink if you buy beans. And they have an app! Yes, people, there is an app for that!! Free on iTunes!!
  • Eric C.
    Eric CunninghamDecember 14, 2012
    Their vanilla lattes are superb!
  • Jay P.
    Jay POctober 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to try different coffee brewing methods.
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia Swearingen-FriesenOctober 26, 2012
    Baristas are so helpful in choosing just the right cup for you!
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Modern and stylish space conveniently located by Randolph/Wabash L. Amazing coffee that will convert non-coffee drinkers and light, refined pastries.
  • Bardia N.
    Bardia NoohiOctober 21, 2012
    It's not on the menu but ask for a Gibraltar. You can thank me later.
  • Philly G.
    Philly GOctober 8, 2012
    Not a fan of their 3.50 mini cappucinos. Coffee was watered down
  • Elisa V.
    Elisa VOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The croissants, financiers, canelés, etc are to die for...
  • Linda M.
    Linda MarshSeptember 9, 2012
    Coffee is not bad
  • Linda M.
    Linda MarshSeptember 9, 2012
    There coffees not bad. I am early for work so i need some coffee.
  • Mark R.
    Mark ReillyAugust 28, 2012
    Try the Gibraltar
  • Diane S.
    Diane SchirfJuly 17, 2012
    Most uncomfortable seating ever.
  • Liz O.
    Liz OhJuly 14, 2012
    Yummy mocha, not so yummy chocolate
  • Jes C.
    Jes CyJune 29, 2012
    Really Nice! :)
  • The Quest For Zest
    The Quest For ZestJune 14, 2012
    Perfection in every cup. Every. Single. Time. Read more
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.May 7, 2012
    I travel the world & happened to be near this place one weekend so I went in and was pleasantly surprised. I have never had a Latte as good as the one made here and the staff are awesome!
  • Grant W.
    Grant WatersMay 1, 2012
    Mocha is almost as good as stumptown in Portland... And it has the same vibe... Other than the customers, mostly business ppl. If your around and like coffee you should go
  • David B.
    David BoenschApril 27, 2012
    Best cappuccino around.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RodriguezApril 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee to consume on premises is similarly priced to Starbucks and miles better. You can't really go wrong with anything there. Bagged coffee is expensive, but it's fair trade and absolutely worth it.
  • Boris L.
    Boris LehtmanApril 22, 2012
    Watch out for hipsters
  • Paul V.
    Paul VApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere back to the basics of coffee
  • Sandeep R.
    Sandeep RavulaMarch 24, 2012
    House chai is awesome!
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SauvageauMarch 14, 2012
    Best cuppa Joe on Michigan Ave!
  • David A.
    David AdlerMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    True artisan coffee shop. Pour over are great!
  • Anna T.
    Anna TFebruary 3, 2012
    The best coffee in Chicago
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy LimonesJanuary 27, 2012
    I love coffee… this place has raised the bar for my standards of coffee venues. You have to make a trip out just for this place when you are in Chicago or Cali.
  • Chicago Realtor M.
    The soy cappuccino is amazing!
  • Jose
    JoseJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Their Jasmine is divine. Di. Vine.
  • Verdi E.
    Verdi ErgünDecember 17, 2011
    You can't go wrong. Order anything.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BlakeDecember 14, 2011
    Get the siphon brewed coffee. It will change your life. What a great place.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MillerDecember 13, 2011
    The coffee snob says sit down and enjoy a cup properly. It's brewed to perfection and full bodied. Best cup in CHI, hands down.
  • jessica
    jessicaDecember 2, 2011
    apparently u cant have iced drinks here. disappointed :(
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽December 1, 2011
    Kenya Gichathaini, 16 oz. Chemex. Smooth yet complex...
  • Krystal O.
    Krystal OlsonNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Pourover in Chicago!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HancockOctober 24, 2011
    In Chicago? Worth going out of your way to go here. Best cappuccino in the city.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GuthridgeOctober 21, 2011
    Just get the drip and watch how they brew it. Intense.
  • Catie C.
    Catie CavenaghSeptember 22, 2011
    This is where you drink coffee
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Best-WilsonSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The almond croissants are soooo good. Always moist on the inside and crisp on the outside.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LavoieJuly 31, 2011
    If you only care for exceptional coffee, this is the place.
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaJuly 8, 2011
    Didn't like my coffee... :(
  • Jackieo
    JackieoJune 18, 2011
    Buy a bag of coffee and you get free coffee.
  • Catarina L.
    Catarina LaiJune 9, 2011
    forget blue bottle ... make time to come here for a cup of espresso based beverage
  • Racked C.
    Racked ChicagoMay 28, 2011
    Internationally renowned, this see and be seen Loop hangout has hot baristas AND free wi-fi. Network: inseason, Password: intelligentsia. Oh yeah and we're on Twitter @RackedChicago
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    Low-key Intelligentsia is one of the most respected roasters in America and now has five cafes around the country.
  • Jen A.
    Jen AprahamianApril 7, 2011
    Try the macarons, they're fantastic!
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BurkhartMarch 17, 2011
    One of the best Macchiatos I've ever had.
  • patrick f.
    patrick fongFebruary 24, 2011
    The best espresso in the city.
  • 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
  • Gil J.
    Gil JimenezDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free small coffee with purchase of 1lb bag!
  • Sonny D.
    Sonny DatoyDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    bathroom key is by the wall next to the pastries.
  • David E.
    David EldridgeNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the Gibraltar, similar to cortado at other places.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MooreNovember 13, 2010
    Get the chemex 6oz and have them split it in two cups. Share!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CanzonaJune 14, 2010
    I miss the Horchata w/ espresso!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HeiselMay 19, 2010
    The Orange Cream soda is pretty delicious, even if it doesn't go through some ridiculous filtering process first.
  • Bart C.
    Bart CrouchMay 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    when at intelligentsia, its all about the origins espresso. order one, it'll change your coffee habit!
  • Alexandra I.
    Alexandra IonidesApril 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    macaroons and coffee, gooood idea.
  • Seve P.
    Seve Ponce de LeonApril 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Chai is better than in India itself.
  • Greg H.
    Greg HamiltonApril 26, 2010
    Gotta love the black cat espresso beans.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VaughnApril 8, 2010
    I'm in Intelligentsia for the first time, and I'm grabbing a cup og hot tea for my sore throat. Nice little spot here, I'll have to comeback, soon.
  • Whitney M.
    Whitney MMarch 5, 2010
    Pounds of beans at $2 off on Tuesdays
  • Vidhya S.
    Vidhya SeetharamanFebruary 21, 2010
    Gave me a free drink coupon!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Best-WilsonJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If the line is super long in the morning, go down the stairs in the building next door and grab your coffee in the pedway. Voila, no line.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Best-WilsonJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    At some point Intelligentsia started making hot cocoa with ganache, which has milk in it. But if you don't do dairy they can make it vegan upon request.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GallagherJanuary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The single origin espresso is worth the extra change. And if you use the bathroom, don't expect a coat hook.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask the barista about the clover offering of the day. It costs a bit more but I've never had anything less than a stellar cup of coffee.
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen R.July 15, 2009
    Grab any coffee and drink it black. Ceramic, not paper.
  • Shaz R.
    Shaz RasulJuly 14, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy a pound of coffee, get a free small cup!
  • 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
  • Takis K.
    Takis KMarch 1, 2015
    The first humane coffee I found in Chicago. Ο πρώτος ανθρώπινος καφές που βρήκα στο Chicago.
  • Liron M.
    Liron MarkusAugust 16, 2014
    Delicious latte
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