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Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago

As longtime leaders in the specialty coffee movement, and one of the original Direct Trade companies in the United States, Intelligentsia Coffee opened its first shop in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood in 1995. Just last spring, the in-store coffee roaster and retailer gave the location its first major facelift in nearly 18 years, doubling its seating and adding a second marble-topped bar in the back. Now, with 11 cafés and four training labs from Chicago to New York, Los Angeles to Atlanta, Intelligentsia has trained some of the best baristas in the country—including the team behind Los Angeles’s G&B—while its beans power coffee programs at places like Eleven Madison Park, Third Rail Coffee and Joe. Look out for the single-origin coffees (from farms in places like Rwanda and Bolivia), housemade blends, Black Cat Project espresso and the super-fresh “In Season” beans, which are all sold and prepared less than nine months from harvest. At 3123 N. Broadway; 773-348-8058; intelligentsiacoffee.com.

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