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, there are now six locations scattered around Chicago, which vary in size and vibe. No matter the location, knowledgeable baristas keep it real with brisk service, perfect cappuccinos and straight-up drip alongside single-cup brew.
|Venue name:||Intelligentsia Coffee|
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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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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Intelligentsia is great to stop by for a cup of good, strong coffee, but I find myself heading over to Bowtruss on the square more and more these days. $4 for a simple cup of coffee is too much for me. The space is very, very nice and sitting at the counter with a book is always nice.
Who doesn't love Intelligentsia? The space is warm and bright and the servers provide thoughtful, attentive service (the one time they forgot my coffee milkshake order they immediately made up for it with a free drink token). The products are really cool Chicago gift ideas too—sleek travel mugs, subtle hats and, of course, coffee all make great souvenirs. My habit is to stop in here for an iced green tea on summer afternoons, but I know most people swear by the cappuccinos.