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In Chicago, we have our own style of pizza and hot dogs, but as far as doughnuts go, there surprisingly isn’t a Chicago style—yet.

You see, doughnut shops are the new cupcake shops. And it seems that every month a new option pops up in one of our neighborhoods.

But I was onto the trend way before the influx of shops. In fact, if I was alive in the early 1900s, I would have definitely been one of the Salvation Army ‘Doughnut Girls,’ making doughnuts for homesick soldiers. Today, I honor the original ‘Doughnut Girls’ by making it my personal mission to find the best doughnuts in this great food city.
You should probably drop everything you’re doing now because after reading this guide, you’ll have quite a craving.

West Town Bakery

It’s not often you encounter an award-winning doughnut. The Blueberry Lemon Almond Doughssant at West Town Bakery was voted the fan favorite at Donut Fest in Chicago. With the aroma of fresh coffee flowing and the clinking of dishes in the large diner, I took my first bite. In between the layers of flakey croissant dough (keep in mind, the doughssant is a doughnut croissant hybrid), I discovered a gooey blueberry jelly filling mixed with a thick creamy lemon whip. The doughssant was dusted in sugar and drizzled with a light lemon frosting and shaved buttery almonds sprinkled atop. Operating as a full service bakery, West Town’s doughnut options are limited, but the doughssant is a Bitch-approved fruit-filled favorite.

Doughnut Guide West Town Bakery

West Town Bakery & Diner
1916 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-1414
Bakery Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Sunday.

Stan’s Donuts

A newcomer to the Chicago doughnut scene, Stan’s Donuts in Wicker Park is already bustling at all hours of the day. The rainbow of KitchenAid mixers displayed as art and the pink-striped bags are reasons Stan’s has my vote for the cutest doughnut shop in the city. Peanut Butter Pocket and Pistachio Glazed are popular flavors at Stan’s, but this Bitch opted for a classic Glazed Pretzel Twist. In the shape of a giant pretzel, the perfect-for-sharing doughnut comes in Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Drizzle too. The classic dough is twisted together with cinnamon and coated with a traditional light glaze. Stan’s has plenty of seating to enjoy your sweet treats and the biggest selection of doughnut options.

Doughnut Guide - Stan's Donuts

Stan’s Donuts
1560 N. Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360 – 7386
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Glazed and Infused

When I arrived at Glazed and Infused on Milwaukee Avenue, I decided to go big. Chicagoans have made Glazed and Infused famous for its Bacon Maple Long Johns and Fruit Fritters, but I was craving chocolate, and lots of it. While mulling over the Chocolate 4 and Red Velvet for longer than I should, the counter girl was kind enough to send me on my way with both! The Red Velvet has a faded red hue and is covered in a classic glaze, topped with a generous portion of rich cream cheese frosting and red sugar garnish. The Chocolate 4 features a chocolate cake donut, coated in glaze and topped with chocolate frosting and thinly shaved chocolate. Both doughnuts were delectable, but a little too rich for this Bitch to consume before noon.

Doughnut Guide - Glazed and Infused

Glazed and Infused
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
*Note: Glazed and Infused has six locations throughout Chicago.
(312) 226 – 5556
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Doughnut Vault

As you walk up to the bright blue Doughnut Vault door near Merchandise Mart, you feel as though you’re on a quaint Parisian street. This shop is famous for its long lines and quickly sold-out doughnuts. I soon discovered it’s because the shop itself is the size of my walk-in closet. The line moves quick though with only a few doughnuts on the menu. The Buttermilk Old Fashioned is the Vault’s most popular choice. The crunchy, crackled outside covered in a light glaze gave way to a dense, old fashioned buttermilk cake doughnut. The cute outdoor photo-opp, traveling Doughnut Vault Van and $1 coffee makes Doughnut Vault high on my list of favorites in the city.

Doughnut Guide - Doughnut Vault 2

Doughnut Guide - Doughnut Vault

Doughnut Vault
401 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 285 – 2830
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – sold out and Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – sold out

Do-Rite Donuts

Do-Rite Donuts specializes in dense Old Fashioned donuts, however, I took a risk and ordered a Candied Maple Bacon. The unique French Cruller donut has a light and airy texture. The crueller is topped with salty chunks of thick bacon over sweet nutty maple glaze, an amazing combination. Unfortunately, Do-Rite Donuts only has locations near the Loop, which makes it a great option for work but not so convenient on weekend mornings. The upside, Do-Rite also boasts plenty of gluten-free and vegan doughnuts for those with dietary restrictions.

Doughnut Guide - Do-Rite

Do-Rite Donuts
50 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 488 – 2483
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until sold out)


At the only Firecakes location in the city, I chose another 2015 Donut Fest winner, the Vanilla Iced. This large, fluffy glazed doughnut was topped with a rich vanilla bean glaze, almost pink in color. Crunchy sweet vanilla pearls were sprinkled on top, reminding me of a tiered wedding cake. Firecakes is another tiny doughnut shop with only enough room to place your order and enjoy on the go.

Doughnut Guide - Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-6500
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday 7 a.m. – Midnight (or until sold out).

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