Chicago’s Logan Square is now home to one of Intelligentsia’s newest cafes. A low bar with stools sits in the middle of the shop, with sparse white, angular booths at the windows. The back wall is covered with a birds-eye drawing of the neighborhood. The shelves are stocked with magazines. The diner style counter seating is something I really like, and there are a few cafes with similar layouts in New York. It’s a nice compromise between table service and the limited staffing mandated by the typical cafes’ slim margins.

I was only in for a few minutes during a recent business trip, which was just long enough to try their Ethiopia Yirgacheffe brewed as an espresso. After 10 minutes of dialing in, I was glad I waited – perfect shot, sweet and juicy. Wish I had more time to linger with a drip coffee. Following the trend at other locations, their tea menu is given equal weight on the menu and is worth it if you need a break from coffee.

One thing I’m curious about: what’s the neighborhood like? I wasn’t there long enough to explore like I usually do. Hit the comments and let other readers know what’s good in the neighborhood!






















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