Intelligentsia Coffee

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Doug Zell at Intellegencia on Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square.

This local coffee chain is all grown up, with outposts across the country, including coffee bars in L.A. and a “lab” in Manhattan. Back home where it all started in 1995, baristas keep it real with brisk service, perfect cappuccinos and straight-up drip alongside single-cup brew. Basic pastries fill a small case, but most devotees aren’t here for sustenance—they’re here for non-Starbucks fuel in a neighborhood increasingly dominated by national chains.

Venue name: Intelligentsia Coffee
Address: 3123 N Broadway

Cross street: between Barry Ave and Briar Pl
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 6:30am–9pm; Fri 6:30am–10pm; Sat 7am–10pm; Sun 7am–9pm.
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 36, 77, 151, 156.
Price: Average coffee: $3.50
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