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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (Monadnack Bldg.)

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (Monadnack Bldg.) - Chicago

Doug Zell and his wife, Emily Mange, started Intelligentsia Coffee in a Lake View coffeehouse in 1995, originally roasting and serving coffee on the premises. Today, the coffee, widely regarded as the best of the local brews, is roasted in the company's vintage German roasters at their works in the Fulton Market district and delivered fresh daily.

Along with hot coffee, tea and cocoa, you can get sandwiches, salads and baked goods at this coffee bar in the historic Monadnock Building, as well as bags of roasted coffee, tea and accessories. Intelligentsia has a third retail location near Millennium Park. Its coffee is also sold by a variety of restaurants and retailers.

—Leah A. Zeldes