La Colombe

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La Colombe Coffee
West Loop

The Philadelphia equivalent to Intelligentsia opened its first Chicago café quietly (though the location, across the street from a Starbucks, certainly sent a message). Inside the café, things remain pretty chill: The serene, underdecorated room holds maybe 25 people, who sip satisfying cups of coffee (roasted in Philly) and pick at pastries from Alliance Bakery. It doesn’t seem like anything that will really rock Chicago’s coffee scene. But you know what they say about the quiet ones.…

Venue name: La Colombe
Address: 955 W Randolph St

Cross street: between Morgan and Sangamon Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–7pm; Sat, Sun 8am–7pm
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Morgan. Bus: 8, 9, 20, 65, 126.
Price: Average cup of coffee: $2
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