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20 Great Places for Doughnuts in Chicago

These fried treats cover a variety of styles and flavors

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Chicago has a bustling doughnut scene.
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A good doughnut is hard to resist and judging by the number of shops around town, Chicagoans seem to agree. Dunked in a cup of coffee in the morning or devoured as a mid-afternoon snack, doughnuts are treats for all hours of the day. Chicago is home to many terrific places that specialize in sweet fried dough rings with a variety of glazes and toppings. The following 20 spots offer everything from enormous apple fritters and Long Johns to paczki, beignets, and mochi doughnuts — to satiate that sweet tooth.

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Luella's Southern Kitchen

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4609 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 961-8196
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Chicagoans can head to Luella’s for a taste of the Big Easy. The Southern-style kitchen leans heavily on comfort fare, including beignets. Start or end each meal on the sweetest note with a cup of coffee and piping hot pillows of fried dough covered in powdered sugar. It’s a creole tradition worth experiencing.

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2. Dinkel's Bakery

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3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60657
(773) 281-7300
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A North Side institution for nearly a century, Dinkel’s and its devoted customers rave about the shop’s variety of baked goods. The chocolate-glazed cake doughnut is a particularly exceptional rendition of a classic that shouldn’t be missed.

3. Somethin' Sweet Donuts

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5111 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
IL, 60639
(773) 237-7588
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For those looking to save a few bucks, Somethin’ Sweet is the place to go. The budget-friendly offerings here don’t sacrifice on quality and folks can pick up boxes of Long Johns, bismarcks, and red velvet donuts for less than what comparable shops charge. A second location is open in Albany Park.

4. Ipsento 606

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1813 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 206-8697
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Though it’s best known for caffeinated beverages, this Bucktown coffee shop next to the 606 also sells a host of mini doughnuts. Grab one (or several) for a pick-me-up snack.

5. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

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1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago
IL, 60622
(773) 360-7386
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Stan’s has become one of Chicago’s premier doughnut shops with multiple locations all over town. The pastries come in all shapes and sizes, and include everything from lemon pistachio old fashioneds and fruit fritters to “pockets” stuffed with Biscoff cookie butter or peanut butter. Stan’s has 12 Chicago locations, with a 13th coming this fall to suburban Orland Park.

6. West Town Bakery & Diner

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1916 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-1414
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The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s bakery and diner features a caffeinated treat in the form of a Dark Matter Donut that features coffee glaze and chocolate curls. Other highlights include a red velvet cake doughnut with cream cheese icing. Locations in West Town and Wrigleyville are open, but a River North outpost is temporarily closed.

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7. 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 now known as a “Caramel deLite.” 

8. 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.

9. 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 pumpkin pie and apple cider. 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 a Lakeview location.

10. 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. There are three locations.

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 salted caramel, Nutella, or s’mores fillings. A popular option is adding house-made gelato to the mix to create a sandwich. A second location in Old Town is closed.

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, including a new pop-up inside Paradise Park in Wrigleyville.

14. Mom’s at Marz Community Brewing Company

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3630 S Iron St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 579-1935
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On weekends, chefs Randi Howry and Kelly Ijichi of Japanese comfort food vendor Mom’s feature an ever-changing selection wild and wonderful doughnuts with ingredients from local purveyors. Previous creations include a doughnut made with hojicha milk jam, puffed rice from Rare Tea Cellar, and marigold flowers from Closed Loop Farms. Mom’s now operates out of

Marz Community Brewing in Bridgeport. Check social media for the next doughnut drop.

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. 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.

17. Weber's Bakery

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7055 W Archer Ave, Chicago
IL, 60638
(773) 586-1234
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Opened in 1930, this South Side icon is one of the oldest bakeries in Chicago. Its signature chocolate cake doughnut is a rich indulgence featuring icing made with two kinds of cocoa.

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 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.

1. Luella's Southern Kitchen

4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Chicagoans can head to Luella’s for a taste of the Big Easy. The Southern-style kitchen leans heavily on comfort fare, including beignets. Start or end each meal on the sweetest note with a cup of coffee and piping hot pillows of fried dough covered in powdered sugar. It’s a creole tradition worth experiencing.

4609 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Dinkel's Bakery

3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657

A North Side institution for nearly a century, Dinkel’s and its devoted customers rave about the shop’s variety of baked goods. The chocolate-glazed cake doughnut is a particularly exceptional rendition of a classic that shouldn’t be missed.

3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60657

3. Somethin' Sweet Donuts

5111 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL, 60639

For those looking to save a few bucks, Somethin’ Sweet is the place to go. The budget-friendly offerings here don’t sacrifice on quality and folks can pick up boxes of Long Johns, bismarcks, and red velvet donuts for less than what comparable shops charge. A second location is open in Albany Park.

5111 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
IL, 60639

4. Ipsento 606

1813 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Though it’s best known for caffeinated beverages, this Bucktown coffee shop next to the 606 also sells a host of mini doughnuts. Grab one (or several) for a pick-me-up snack.

1813 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622

Stan’s has become one of Chicago’s premier doughnut shops with multiple locations all over town. The pastries come in all shapes and sizes, and include everything from lemon pistachio old fashioneds and fruit fritters to “pockets” stuffed with Biscoff cookie butter or peanut butter. Stan’s has 12 Chicago locations, with a 13th coming this fall to suburban Orland Park.

1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago
IL, 60622

6. West Town Bakery & Diner

1916 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s bakery and diner features a caffeinated treat in the form of a Dark Matter Donut that features coffee glaze and chocolate curls. Other highlights include a red velvet cake doughnut with cream cheese icing. Locations in West Town and Wrigleyville are open, but a River North outpost is temporarily closed.

1916 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. 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 now known as a “Caramel deLite.” 

1332 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

8. 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

9. Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL, 60654

In addition to a classic selection of doughnuts, Firecakes offers seasonal flavors including pumpkin pie and apple cider. 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 a Lakeview location.

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago
IL, 60654

10. 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. There are three locations.

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

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 salted caramel, Nutella, or s’mores fillings. A popular option is adding house-made gelato to the mix to create a sandwich. A second location in Old Town is closed.

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, including a new pop-up inside Paradise Park in Wrigleyville.

50 W Randolph St, Chicago
IL, 60601

14. Mom’s at Marz Community Brewing Company

3630 S Iron St, Chicago, IL 60609

On weekends, chefs Randi Howry and Kelly Ijichi of Japanese comfort food vendor Mom’s feature an ever-changing selection wild and wonderful doughnuts with ingredients from local purveyors. Previous creations include a doughnut made with hojicha milk jam, puffed rice from Rare Tea Cellar, and marigold flowers from Closed Loop Farms. Mom’s now operates out of

Marz Community Brewing in Bridgeport. Check social media for the next doughnut drop.

3630 S Iron St
Chicago, IL 60609

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. 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

17. Weber's Bakery

7055 W Archer Ave, Chicago, IL, 60638

Opened in 1930, this South Side icon is one of the oldest bakeries in Chicago. Its signature chocolate cake doughnut is a rich indulgence featuring icing made with two kinds of cocoa.

7055 W 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 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.

11248 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
IL, 60628

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