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The 8 best donuts in Chicago

In case you haven't noticed, donuts (or doughnuts, depending on your affinity for old-timey spellings) are expanding around Chicago faster than the elastic-waisted pants many residents are now forced to wear as a result. But the birthplace of deep dish is always willing to make room for a new path to unhealthy living, even as it becomes increasingly hard to make room for each other. Here are the best spots around town to get your donut on:

Glazed & Infused
Glazed & Infused
Multiple Locations
The Must-Get Donut: Crème Brûlée
You won’t hesitate to French-kiss this Bismarck, filled with vanilla crème and coated in a brûléed sugar crust. Bonus points for the fact that legions of uptight French chefs would probably be furious if they knew about it.
Enoch's Doughnuts at Endgrain
Roscoe Village
The Must-Get Donut: Bourbon Vanilla
Before they developed the Cronut-rivaling doughscuit, the folks behind Enoch's came up with this sweetly boozy delight made with Buffalo Trace-infused vanilla beans for some morning bourbon consumption you don't have to feel guilty about. Well, not AS guilty about.
Doughnut Vault
River North
The Must-Get Donut: Chestnut Glazed
You’ll go nuts (!) for the slightly earthy flavor of this airy glazed doughnut, which is part of the reason Doughnut Vault is perpetually sold out. However, you might not be completely out of luck as they’re now selling on the road.
Firecakes
River North
The Must-Get Donut: Pineapple Bacon
When they’re not carving up doughnuts for ice cream sandwiches, they’re making these Hawaiian-style beauties with a maple glaze. Pineapple and pork just belong together.
Do Rite Donuts
The Loop
The Must-Get Donut: Chocolate Old-Fashioned
The rich, crusty Old-Fashioned has just the right ratio of chocolate glaze to buttermilk donut, with a double-dipped Valrhona option for relapsing (or just flat-out unrepentant) chocoholics. Or, you know, just regular old fatties.
Dinkel's Bakery
Lakeview
The Must-Get Donut: Raspberry Bismarck
With all the new-ish entrants into the donut game, it's important not to forget about the OG's, like this from-scratch bakery that's been producing killer pastries for 90+yrs (not LITERALLY killer, unless you eat them like every day). This yeast-raised donut filled with raspberry jam proves they've still got it.
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Mindy's Hot Chocolate
Wicker Park
The Must-Get Donut: Cinnamon Sugar
Mindy Segal knows her way around sweets. Don't believe us? Ask these brioche donuts rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They won't respond, because they're donuts. But then you'll dip them in jam, caramel, or hot fudge and scarf them down, and you'll know what we meant as you chase them down with some hot chocolate (of course).
Beavers Coffee and Donuts
West Loop
The Must-Get Donut: Mini Donuts
Hot off the conveyor belt, Beavers’ buttermilk donuts are as versatile as they are delicious -- cover them with s'mores toppings or have them ground up into a milkshake, because, Chicago.
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1. Doughnut Vault 401 1/2 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654

DV's a compact cash-only brick box slinging limited quantities of fresh-made doughnuts (old-fashioned buttermilk, chestnut glazed...), trios of cinnamon-glazed minis called Gingerbread Stacks, and dollar coffee.

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2. Glazed And Infused 813 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Because it's only appropriate for a doughnut shop's name to recall a film focused on people who could really go for some doughnuts, maaaan, Glazed & Infused's a new effort from the Mia Francesca folks, operating out of a Fulton home base decked in reclaimed wood, stained concrete floors, and creative spins on '40s posters for an overall WWII feel, which your grandpa can relate to from his time on leave.

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3. Endgrain 1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Endgrain is a Roscoe Village, farm-fresh restaurant that's turning out innovative cuisine (think fried chicken with PORK GRAVY and bacon/butterscotch donuts).

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4. Firecakes 68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

The latest addition to Chicago's coffee-dunking circuit, Firecakes is a small-batch donut shop from the owner of La Madia, rotating a roster of sweetness like Tahitian vanilla glazed, blood orange and raspberry jelly, and Nutella long johns that'll provide a comfortable home for your (hazel)nuts.

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5. Do Rite Donuts 50 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Carving out a tiny, counter-service storefront in Petterino's, the chef duo behind DRD includes an L20 vet, who's now cranking out small batches (only three dozen at a time) of fried dough in 10 rotating varieties (maple w/ candied bacon, open-face jellies w/ peanut butter mousse & raspberry jam...), and a proprietary Dark Matter blend designed as the perfect accompaniment to a donut, knocking off previous title holder The Rest of the Donuts.

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6. Dinkel's Bakery 3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Dinkel's is serving up some insanely delicious baked goods, but be sure to hone in on their donuts and specialized cakes.

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7. Mindy's Hot Chocolate 1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Don't be fooled, there's hot choco errrwhere at Mindy's but there's also good food like whole roasted market fish, Roman gnocchi, and steak. If you have a giant sweet tooth, we suggested you get that checked out but also order a housemade doughnut with some Mexican hot cocoa.

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8. Beavers Coffee and Donuts 131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

Beavers Coffee and Donuts serves up delicious drinks and pastries, and occasionally has been known to combine the two into some crazy Frankenstein milkshakes.

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