Sean Cooley
Sean Cooley
Sean Cooley
Sean Cooley
Delightful Pastries
Longman & Eagle
Sean Cooley
Glazed & Infused /Sol Cafe
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1. Endgrain 1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Roscoe Village)

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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2. Doughnut Vault 401 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

This wildly popular fried-dough purveyor in River North (it has a second location in West Loop and a "Vault Van" that changes location every day) breaks hearts with its limited amount of fresh-baked donuts. DV only bakes a certain amount of donuts every day, and once they run out, they're gone 'til the next morning. The dense, old fashioned-style donuts come in flavors like buttermilk glazed, toasted almond, and lemon-poppy seed. Stop by on the early side (it opens at 8am on weekdays, 9:30am on weekends) for the best selection and the shortest lines.

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3. Firecakes 68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

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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4. Do Rite Donuts 50 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (Loop)

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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5. Dinkel's Bakery 3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

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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6. Stan's Donuts & Coffee 1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

It goes without saying, but Stan most definitely is the man because of his myriad of fresh-baked 'nuts and fresh-made coffee.

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7. Longman & Eagle 2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Longman & Eagle, the Michelin-starred gastropub in Logan Square, has an exclusive whiskey selection (clocking in at over 400 labels), a craft cocktail menu, and an extensive beer list all fit for the most pretentious of drinkers, in the least pretentious of atmospheres. Longman takes a flavor-forward, honest approach to eating and drinking, and because it doesn’t accept reservations, there is always a wait for brunch, happy hour, and dinner alike. (And it is always worth it.) While whiskey may be king, the regional American fare has just as much to offer, hence the Michelin star. The menu changes often, but expect anything from beef tallow beignets and veal brains to wild boar sloppy joes, chicken and waffles, and a burger that, if you know what's good for you, you will order.

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8. Beavers Coffee and Donuts 131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

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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9. West Town Bakery & Diner 1916 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

With its graffiti walls and funky atmosphere, this joint features all-week booze, and menu items from carrot cake waffles drizzled with cream cheese icing and pineapple-caramel sauce, to grass-fed steak benedict with crispy onions and enough Cabernet hollandaise to have you needing a cab to get home.

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10. Swedish Bakery 5348 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

Swedish Bakery is an Andersonville institution specializing in Scandinavian-style baked goods. With nearly a century of baking under its belt, the storefront produces pastries, petit fours, coffeecakes, cookies, wedding cakes, and more for the sweets seekers of Chicago. While they cover their ground in offering all things dessert, their Swedish specialty pastries -- including marzipan cakes, almond tarts, and Tosca tortes -- are the spirit behind the bakery.

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11. Scafuri Bakery 1337 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Near North Side)

Scafuri is an Italian blessing -- their pastries and treats are that good.

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12. Dat Donut 8249 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60619 (Near South Side)

Dat Donut is open 24hrs, so you can have their delicious doughy treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You shouldn't, but it's possible. Also possible -- getting down on a giant doughnut that's roughly the size of your head for about $3.

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13. Old Fashioned Donuts 11248 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (Far South Side)

Old Fashioned Donuts has delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pastries that include a huge Texas donut and an even bigger apple fritter -- so maybe you should bring a friend.

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14. Sol Café 1615 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60626 (Rogers Park)

Sol Café in Rogers Park is all about locally sourced ingredients and products, and selling donuts from Glazed and Infused is a delicious step in the right direction.

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15. Somethin' Sweet Donuts 5111 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

When you are hankerin' for something sweet, isn't it best to go to a place where that's the name? The answer is yes, because these guys sling cheap and delicious 'nuts that are baked fresh every day.

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16. Huck Finn Restaurant 3414 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Huck Finn serves up wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, in addition to their famous (and scrumptious) donuts.

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17. Delightful Pastries 5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 (Jefferson Park)

The name pretty much says it all. This Jefferson Park dessert-stop can satisfy any sweet tooth with their donuts, cakes, cookies, brownies and more.

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18. Abundance Bakery 105 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653

In the biz since 1990, the cake-masters at Abundance are serving up creative confections -- from wedding cakes to pecan-covered chocolate numbers and more out of their homey shop.

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19. Nightwood Restaurant 2119 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

This farm-to-table eatery is home to all things artisanal and local, and only serves up eats that're in season. Stop in for bites like their house corned beef on rye crouton bread, served with chopped liver and egg.

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20. Bridgeport Bakery 2907 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Would you like fresh-out-of-the-oven breads? How about made-to-order cakes? Even some of Chicago's best donuts? Prepare to have all of your sweet-tooth needs met at Bridgeport, where they're offering up the best in local pastries.

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21. Glazed & Infused 939 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Glazed & Infused is a doughnut-and-dessert eatery with locations in a few places around the city -- and they're serving up treats like the Maple Bacon Long John with maple frosting and a strip of candied bacon. CANDIED. BACON.

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22. Roeser's Bakery 3216 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Humboldt Park)

This historic family-owned bakery is known for its ultra-creative custom cakes (ie. hot dog, barber pole, and Wonder Woman cakes). They also offer traditional wedding cakes, cookies, tortes, and low-glycemic options.

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