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2D in Lakeview, notable for its hand-drawn black-and-white design, serves up a colorful array of mochi doughnuts.
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20 Great Places for Doughnuts in Chicago

Fried dough takes many forms, but these are all delicious

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2D in Lakeview, notable for its hand-drawn black-and-white design, serves up a colorful array of mochi doughnuts.
| Kim Kovacik/Eater Chicago

Is there anything better than a doughnut? In all of its manifestations — a ring, a circle, a rectangle, a stick, filled with cream, stuffed with fruit, dunked in chocolate, buried under a mound of powdered sugar — a doughnut is a perfect pick-me-up, the epitome of a cheap luxury. Here are 20 spots that offer the best doughnuts, and also doughnut holes, fritters, beignets, churros, Long Johns, crullers, paczki, Bismarks, bombolini, and mochi rings in town.

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1. Peckish Pig

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623 W Howard St
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 491-6778
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This English-style pub on the Chicago-Evanston border serves doughnuts for weekend brunch only, but they are particularly delicious specimens, served warm in a paper bag, rolled in cinnamon sugar.

2. Smack Dab Chicago

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6730 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
(872) 241-9111
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The owners of Smack Dab try to make food that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary preferences, and that goes for their vegan mini-doughnuts, made fresh daily. There’s a rotating assortment of glazes and toppings, but cinnamon sugar (“cinny shug”) is always a reliable standby.

3. Junebug Cafe Portage Park

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4944 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 853-0911
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Naturally a New Orleans-style cafe would be obligated to serve beignets, and naturally Junebug Cafe obliges. They’re served fresh from the fryer, buried in powdered sugar, and rival anything from the Big Easy. There’s a second location in Noble Square.

4. 2d Restaurant - Mochi donut & Chicken Sandwich

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3155 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8484
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This new cafe in Lakeview rightly gets plenty of attention for its imaginative hand-drawn decor, but the mochi ring doughnuts are pretty impressive, too. The menu is updated weekly, but the doughnuts are always delicious and sturdy enough to stand up to a dunk in the house phin coffee or a fried chicken sandwich.

5. Aya Pastry

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1332 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 846-6186
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Aya Pastry provides baked goods for shops including Passion House Coffee, Intelligentsia, and Gaslight Coffee Roasters. The doughnuts are creative, but the winner might be one based on the Girl Scout Cookie sometimes known as a “Caramel deLite” (but everyone knows it’s really a Samoa).

6. Liberation Donuts

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2054 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 666-7838
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Chicago’s first all-vegan doughnut shop, Liberation Donuts is open daily with 12 fried dough options with names associated with animals and their rights. Options include Beach Cow (chocolate cake doughnut, vanilla glaze, flaky salt) and Balaclava (plain cake doughnut, sweet tahini glaze, pumpkin seed baklava). Half of proceeds from the Total Liberation lemon poppyseed doughnut will go to an animal rights or humanitarian organization that rotates monthly.

7. XOCO

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449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 723-2131
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The churros at XOCO come in large oblong rings and can be ordered glazed or with a side shot of chocolate or cajeta. Either is recommended — they’re served straight from the fryer, so it’s hard to go wrong.

8. Firecakes

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68 W Hubbard St, Chicago
IL, 60654
(312) 329-6500
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In addition to a classic selection of doughnuts, Firecakes offers seasonal flavors including apple cider, churro, and Irish creme. Doughnuts also serve as the base for ice cream sandwiches, which come adorned with toppings such as toasted coconut, candied peanuts, and chocolate shavings. Firecakes also has locations in Lincoln Park and suburban Oak Park and Naperville.

9. Doughnut Vault

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401 1/2 N Franklin St, Chicago
IL, 60654
(312) 285-2830
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Hogsalt Hospitality’s sweets spot is among the most popular in the city. Creative specials, such as dulce de leche and honey bun cake, are offered daily alongside favorites like the old fashioned. Arrive early because there’s usually a line and once everything is sold out, Doughnut Vault closes for the day.

10. Brite Donuts & Baked Goods

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2021 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 772-6536
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The bakers at this West Loop virtual bakery are not afraid to experiment with flavors. The menu changes frequently, but expect the unexpected: lime Tajín, Cool Ranch Dorito, Arnold Palmer. (There are also more conventional flavors, like strawberry shortcake and coffee hazelnut.) The doughnuts are available for pickup or delivery only, or at local coffee shops, including Metric Coffee and Botanical Cafe.

11. Gaijin

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950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-1348
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Chef Paul Virant’s restaurant Gaijin is known for okonomiyaki, or savory Japanese pancakes, but the West Loop spot has also earned a following with its mochi doughnuts. Crisp on the outside, fluffy and chewy on the inside, the glazed doughnuts are made with rice flour and come in flavors such as chocolate, matcha-citrus, and padan-coconut.

12. BomboBar

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832 W Randolph Street, Chicago
IL, 60607
(312) 492-7775
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DineAmic Hospitality’s dessert window attached to Bar Siena attracts customers with Instagram-friendly treats. The bomboloni — Italian filled doughnuts — are loaded with custard and jam fillings. A popular option is adding house-made gelato to the mix to create a sandwich.

13. Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee

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50 W Randolph St, Chicago
IL, 60601
(312) 488-2483
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Whether it’s pistachio-Meyer lemon or buttermilk old fashioneds, Do-Rite’s got it on the menu. As a bonus, the shop carries gluten-free and vegan options as well. There are seven locations in the city and suburbs.

14. Don Churro

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1626 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 733-3173
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This Pilsen spot boasts that it serves the best churros in the Midwest. They come with a variety of fillings — strawberry, chocolate, guava, cajeta, and more — and also in vegan and mini variation. They’re also available frozen for heating up at home.

15. Abundance Bakery

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105 E 47th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 373-1971
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Bronzeville’s most beloved bakery has churned out specialty cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and more for almost three decades. The standout of the bunch is the apple fritter, one of the finest in Chicago. It’s large enough to share among several people and is packed with fresh apple and notes of cinnamon.

16. Roux

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1055 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 770-4785
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This Hyde Park newcomer serves some of the best beignets in town. They’re served warm so they have crisp exteriors and soft pillowy insides that melt in the mouth. But even after they’ve had a chance to cool, they’re still excellent.

17. Racine Bakery

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6216 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60638
(773) 581-8500
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A South Side staple since 1984, this old-school bakery focuses on Lithuanian and Polish goods. The shop’s cases are lined with dozens of breads, cakes, and other Eastern European delicacies including paczki. These traditional Polish doughnuts are available with fillings that range from raspberry and custard to rose hip jam.

18. Dat Donut

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8249 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago
IL, 60619
(773) 723-1002
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South Side spot Dat Donut is stocked with the standard assortment of glazed, chocolate, buttermilk, and cake doughnuts that are "too good to dunk." The signature “Big Dat” doughnuts are behemoths that can feed multiple people.

19. D&D's Place

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8324 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60652
(773) 778-7007
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D&D’s Place owners Devell and Lolita Brittmon honed their dough-frying skills under the tutelage of Buritt Bulloch, the founder of beloved South Side spot Old Fashioned Donuts. That influence is apparent when looking at the lineup, which includes Texas-sized glazed and chocolate doughnuts, and golden-brown old-fashioned cake doughnuts. The giant apple fritters are a must-try as well, loaded with chunks of fruit and pecans.

20. Old Fashioned Donuts

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11248 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
IL, 60628
(773) 995-7420
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Go big or go home at the legendary Old Fashioned Donuts. The Texas doughnuts are large enough to fit around an arm while the fruit-studded apple fritters are just as hearty, so bring an appetite or several companions. Owner Buritt Bulloch, now in his 80s, opened the shop with his late wife Mamie in 1972, and he still makes the doughnuts every day in the store’s front window.

1. Peckish Pig

623 W Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202

This English-style pub on the Chicago-Evanston border serves doughnuts for weekend brunch only, but they are particularly delicious specimens, served warm in a paper bag, rolled in cinnamon sugar.

623 W Howard St
Evanston, IL 60202

2. Smack Dab Chicago

6730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

The owners of Smack Dab try to make food that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary preferences, and that goes for their vegan mini-doughnuts, made fresh daily. There’s a rotating assortment of glazes and toppings, but cinnamon sugar (“cinny shug”) is always a reliable standby.

6730 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626

3. Junebug Cafe Portage Park

4944 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Naturally a New Orleans-style cafe would be obligated to serve beignets, and naturally Junebug Cafe obliges. They’re served fresh from the fryer, buried in powdered sugar, and rival anything from the Big Easy. There’s a second location in Noble Square.

4944 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

4. 2d Restaurant - Mochi donut & Chicken Sandwich

3155 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

This new cafe in Lakeview rightly gets plenty of attention for its imaginative hand-drawn decor, but the mochi ring doughnuts are pretty impressive, too. The menu is updated weekly, but the doughnuts are always delicious and sturdy enough to stand up to a dunk in the house phin coffee or a fried chicken sandwich.

3155 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Aya Pastry

1332 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Aya Pastry provides baked goods for shops including Passion House Coffee, Intelligentsia, and Gaslight Coffee Roasters. The doughnuts are creative, but the winner might be one based on the Girl Scout Cookie sometimes known as a “Caramel deLite” (but everyone knows it’s really a Samoa).

1332 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

6. Liberation Donuts

2054 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Chicago’s first all-vegan doughnut shop, Liberation Donuts is open daily with 12 fried dough options with names associated with animals and their rights. Options include Beach Cow (chocolate cake doughnut, vanilla glaze, flaky salt) and Balaclava (plain cake doughnut, sweet tahini glaze, pumpkin seed baklava). Half of proceeds from the Total Liberation lemon poppyseed doughnut will go to an animal rights or humanitarian organization that rotates monthly.

2054 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

7. XOCO

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

The churros at XOCO come in large oblong rings and can be ordered glazed or with a side shot of chocolate or cajeta. Either is recommended — they’re served straight from the fryer, so it’s hard to go wrong.

449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL, 60654

In addition to a classic selection of doughnuts, Firecakes offers seasonal flavors including apple cider, churro, and Irish creme. Doughnuts also serve as the base for ice cream sandwiches, which come adorned with toppings such as toasted coconut, candied peanuts, and chocolate shavings. Firecakes also has locations in Lincoln Park and suburban Oak Park and Naperville.

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago
IL, 60654

9. Doughnut Vault

401 1/2 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL, 60654

Hogsalt Hospitality’s sweets spot is among the most popular in the city. Creative specials, such as dulce de leche and honey bun cake, are offered daily alongside favorites like the old fashioned. Arrive early because there’s usually a line and once everything is sold out, Doughnut Vault closes for the day.

401 1/2 N Franklin St, Chicago
IL, 60654

10. Brite Donuts & Baked Goods

2021 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

The bakers at this West Loop virtual bakery are not afraid to experiment with flavors. The menu changes frequently, but expect the unexpected: lime Tajín, Cool Ranch Dorito, Arnold Palmer. (There are also more conventional flavors, like strawberry shortcake and coffee hazelnut.) The doughnuts are available for pickup or delivery only, or at local coffee shops, including Metric Coffee and Botanical Cafe.

2021 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612

11. Gaijin

950 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Chef Paul Virant’s restaurant Gaijin is known for okonomiyaki, or savory Japanese pancakes, but the West Loop spot has also earned a following with its mochi doughnuts. Crisp on the outside, fluffy and chewy on the inside, the glazed doughnuts are made with rice flour and come in flavors such as chocolate, matcha-citrus, and padan-coconut.

950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

12. BomboBar

832 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60607

DineAmic Hospitality’s dessert window attached to Bar Siena attracts customers with Instagram-friendly treats. The bomboloni — Italian filled doughnuts — are loaded with custard and jam fillings. A popular option is adding house-made gelato to the mix to create a sandwich.

832 W Randolph Street, Chicago
IL, 60607

13. Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee

50 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60601

Whether it’s pistachio-Meyer lemon or buttermilk old fashioneds, Do-Rite’s got it on the menu. As a bonus, the shop carries gluten-free and vegan options as well. There are seven locations in the city and suburbs.

50 W Randolph St, Chicago
IL, 60601

14. Don Churro

1626 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

This Pilsen spot boasts that it serves the best churros in the Midwest. They come with a variety of fillings — strawberry, chocolate, guava, cajeta, and more — and also in vegan and mini variation. They’re also available frozen for heating up at home.

1626 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

15. Abundance Bakery

105 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60615

Bronzeville’s most beloved bakery has churned out specialty cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and more for almost three decades. The standout of the bunch is the apple fritter, one of the finest in Chicago. It’s large enough to share among several people and is packed with fresh apple and notes of cinnamon.

105 E 47th St
Chicago, IL 60615

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16. Roux

1055 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

This Hyde Park newcomer serves some of the best beignets in town. They’re served warm so they have crisp exteriors and soft pillowy insides that melt in the mouth. But even after they’ve had a chance to cool, they’re still excellent.

1055 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615

17. Racine Bakery

6216 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638

A South Side staple since 1984, this old-school bakery focuses on Lithuanian and Polish goods. The shop’s cases are lined with dozens of breads, cakes, and other Eastern European delicacies including paczki. These traditional Polish doughnuts are available with fillings that range from raspberry and custard to rose hip jam.

6216 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60638

18. Dat Donut

8249 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL, 60619

South Side spot Dat Donut is stocked with the standard assortment of glazed, chocolate, buttermilk, and cake doughnuts that are "too good to dunk." The signature “Big Dat” doughnuts are behemoths that can feed multiple people.

8249 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago
IL, 60619

19. D&D's Place

8324 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60652

D&D’s Place owners Devell and Lolita Brittmon honed their dough-frying skills under the tutelage of Buritt Bulloch, the founder of beloved South Side spot Old Fashioned Donuts. That influence is apparent when looking at the lineup, which includes Texas-sized glazed and chocolate doughnuts, and golden-brown old-fashioned cake doughnuts. The giant apple fritters are a must-try as well, loaded with chunks of fruit and pecans.

8324 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60652

20. Old Fashioned Donuts

11248 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60628

Go big or go home at the legendary Old Fashioned Donuts. The Texas doughnuts are large enough to fit around an arm while the fruit-studded apple fritters are just as hearty, so bring an appetite or several companions. Owner Buritt Bulloch, now in his 80s, opened the shop with his late wife Mamie in 1972, and he still makes the doughnuts every day in the store’s front window.

11248 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
IL, 60628

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