Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont(773) 348-8058 intelligentsiacoffee.com41.938304 -87.644183 3123 N Broadway (between Barry Ave and Briar Pl) Lakeview, Chicago
Mon–Thu 6:30am–9pm; Fri 6:30am–10pm; Sat 7am–10pm; Sun 7am–9pm.Average coffee: $3.50
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.