|Opening in April 2013 in the Chicago NBC Plaza (WMAQ), this is a typical Illy Espressamente café with red and white walls and black chairs and trim. They offer black stool seating at the front window counters and an assortment of a few black café tables throughout. The Illy branding is key, with Illy cans on display along with designer cups across the service counter. The gorgeous, chrome, three-group La Cimbali XP1 is the central star. Using it, they serve espresso shots with a thin layer of medium brown crema. It has a medium body and a typical Illy flavor profile of some mild spice and woody elements. Not outstanding, as expected, but it does the job.