The Best Places To Grab A Donut In Chicago

A donut shop on Roosevelt Road in Chicago, located just south of downtown and the citys Loop. Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A donut shop on Roosevelt Road in Chicago, located just south of downtown and the city's Loop. Chicago, Illinois, USA. | © Bruce Leighty / Alamy
Benita Gingerella

Doughnuts have become a popular dessert craze in the city of Chicago. With doughnut shops constantly developing unique flavors and expanding their reach to several locations throughout the city, it doesn’t seem as if the doughnut trend will be stopping any time soon. Here are our picks for some of the best places to grab a doughnut, or a dozen, in the city.

1. Do-Rite Donuts

Restaurant, Dessert

Do-Rite Donuts © Benita Gingerella
© Benita Gingerella
Outside of Doughnut Vault | © Benita GingerellaDo-Rite Donuts has become a well-known doughnut destination in the city. While their original doughnut shop on Randolph Street only serves doughnuts and coffee, their second shop on Erie Street has expanded to serving chicken sandwiches as well. Along with their original and rotating seasonal flavors, Do-Rite offers a wide range of vegan and gluten-free doughnut options. Every couple of weeks, Do-Rite partners up with a chef to make their own doughnut creation available for sale.

2. Doughnut Vault

Cafe, Pastry Shop, Pastries

Doughnut Vault © Benita Gingerella
© Benita Gingerella
Mini donuts at Beavers Donuts | © Benita GingerellaLiving up to its name, The Doughnut Vault is a small hole in the wall doughnut shop that offers room for the cashier, a counter, a couple customers, and not much else. The shop is located in River North and its close proximity to the offices in the Loop combined with their tasty doughnuts and one dollar coffee make it a popular destination for the nine-to-five working crowd. Doughnut Vault only makes a select number of doughnuts a day and once they they run out, they’re done until the following day, so make sure to get there earlier rather than later.

3. Beavers Donuts

Food Truck, Market, American

Beavers Donuts
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Beavers began as a food truck, but has now also found a permanent home in the French Market located in the Loop. Unlike at other doughnut shops, at Beavers customers choose a select number of mini doughnuts that they want and then choose the toppings to go on them. The toppings range from regular flavors such as cinnamon sugar, to the more unusual, such as the Rock Star which is a combination of strawberry sauce and pop rocks.

4. Firecakes Donuts

Pastry Shop, Cafe, Pastries

Traditional glazed donut at Firecakes
© Benita Gingerella
Firecakes Donuts is a popular local favorite. Enjoy a doughnut ice cream sandwich in the summer or, for late night doughnut lovers, Firecakes is open until midnight – that is, if they don’t sell out beforehand.

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