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A big source of Chicago pride, locally grown Intelligentsia may have conquered the nation — but nothing beats the original Lakeview location, a spacious haven with plenty of places to plug in. The pros here don’t just source coffee; they develop it alongside growers. It pays off with spot-on blends like the caramely Black Cat espresso.
Intelligentsia Broadway Coffeebar, 3123 North Broadway Avenue, at Briar Street (773-348-8058 or intelligentsiacoffee.com).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.