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While on our trip to the Chicago Cubs Convention, we took an afternoon to hit the town.  We went to this great little restaurant Bella Bacino’s.  I had a good Chicago pizza, and Jen had some really fancy chicken with mushrooms and truffle sauce.  Afterwards, we went somewhere that I have been longing to visit for years: Intelligentsia Millennium Park.

Intelligentsia Sign

Intelligentsia is one of the top roasters in the country.  As someone who works in the specialty coffee industry, I have had the pleasure of drinking Intelligentsia coffee many times, but I had never been able to go to an actual Intelli location.  I was not disappointed.

Intelligentsia Millennium Park

We came in around 1pm, and it was packed.  There were 4-5 people working on bar, and they had the line flowing well.  As someone who sells coffee gear, this place made me giddy.  From the Mahlkonig grinders to the offerings of Eva Solos, Siphons, Chemexes, and V60 Pourovers, Intelli offers anything my coffee-snob heart could desire.

Intelligentsia Brew Methods

I ordered a Single-origin espresso. I also bought a bag of Zirikana, Rwanda coffee and an Intelli mug.  Because I was buying the mug and coffee, I got a discount on the nearly $5 espresso shot, which was cool.  I’m not one to talk about mouthfeel and tasting notes and all that stuff, but I will say that this was the best espresso I have ever drank in my life. No joke. It was legit.  Next time you are in Chicago, you need to check out Intelligentsia.  Whether you are a coffee snob or not, they will treat you well and give you a great cup of coffee.

Until later friends…


I’m really itching to go to Chicago.  I am not a big city person.  I think that cities are much better to visit than to live in, but as far as cities go, Chicago is probably my favorite to visit.

Chicago Skyline

Recently several of my friends and acquaintances were in Chicago at Coffee Fest, representing Prima Coffee, Quills, and Sunergos. (And congrats to Louisville native Ryan Soeder on winning the Coffee Fest Latte Art Competition!)  I was jealous of their trip.  First, because I would love to get to experience Coffee Fest.  Second, because I love Chicago.

Here is a list of five reasons why I love Chicago:

The Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are my favorite team.  This proves that I am a man of great faith.  I love going to Cubs games at Wrigley Field (the best baseball venue in the world – sorry BoSox fans).  If you’ve never been to a game at Wrigley, you need to go.  I don’t care if you hate the Cubs, it is a necessary experience for all sports fans.


I know a lot of people like Gino’s, but for me, Giordano’s is the place to get pizza in Chicago. Jen and I always make sure to go there when we visit Chicago.

The Field Museum

Field Museum in Chicago

I’m a nerd, and I like museums – fact. The Field Museum is a great place to visit.  They have all sorts of fascinating exhibits.  My favorite exhibit is “The Lions of Tsavo” of The Ghost and the Darkness fame.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago Art Museum

This is due to the influence of my artistic wife.  I appreciated art before meeting her, but she has helped me to enjoy it a lot more.  The Art Institute of Chicago is affordable and worth the visit.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee is one of my top two favorite national roasters (along with Counter Culture).  Intelligentsia has several shops in Chicago.  I was first introduced to their coffee at one of the Prima Coffee Barista Bashes, and I have loved Intelligentsia ever since. 

So, there are 5 reasons why I want to go to Chicago.  Opening Day is quickly approaching, and it has been far too long since the last time I had Chicago pizza.

Until later friends…

PS – Lou Mitchell’s and the used book stores of Hyde Park deserve mentioning too.


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