America's Best Coffee Cities
Courtesy of Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters
No. 18 Chicago
With vintage, gas-powered roasters and a nationwide reputation, Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters has become a key player in the Windy City’s coffee scene. To dig deeper, try Ipsento in Bucktown, which offers brewing classes and a cozy coffeehouse culture, while Bad Wolf in Lakeview has more of a lovable Soup Nazi approach: no chairs, no froufrou syrups (sugar and cream only if you ask), but also divine canelés—small, French custard-filled pastries (just come after 10 a.m.).