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:
The 8 best donuts in Chicago
1. Doughnut Vault401 1/2 N Franklin St, Chicago
2. Glazed And Infused813 W Fulton Market, Chicago
3. Endgrain1851 W Addison St, Chicago
4. Firecakes68 W Hubbard St, Chicago
5. Do Rite Donuts50 W Randolph St, Chicago
6. Dinkel's Bakery3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
7. Mindy's Hot Chocolate1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago
8. Beavers Coffee and Donuts131 N Clinton St, Chicago
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.
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.
Endgrain is a Roscoe Village, farm-fresh restaurant that's turning out innovative cuisine (think fried chicken with PORK GRAVY and bacon/butterscotch donuts).
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.
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.
Dinkel's is serving up some insanely delicious baked goods, but be sure to hone in on their donuts and specialized cakes.
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.