America's Coolest Coffeehouses
Courtesy of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
This jewel on the ground floor of The Loop’s historic Monadnock Building is the most old-world branch of Intelligentsia (one of three in Chicago)—even the baristas look like period pieces with their vests, ties, and interesting facial hair. The shop has outstanding single-origin and coffee blends bought directly from the growers.
Local Knowledge: Intelligentsia sells coffees only when at their seasonal peak. Which means that remarkable Kenyan Maywal you enjoyed a few months ago might not be available. —Wayne Curtis