The Doughnut Vault

401 1/2 N Franklin St (at W Kinzie St)
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 285-2830
8:00am - 3:00pm
8:00am - 3:00pm
8:00am - 3:00pm
8:00am - 3:00pm
8:00am - 3:00pm

While not an easy place to score your doughnuts at (they’re closed Sundays and Mondays, and only open for an hour or so on the days that they are open), once you’ve made your precious purchase it’s nearly impossible to not leave The Doughnut Vault a very happy camper. The menu is gigantic, but narrow down your options to the cake donuts, which are surprisingly light and fresh. From there your best bet is to keep it simple; a light coating of cinnamon and sugar should be all you need to change your opinion of cake donuts forever. — Dan Myers, 12/14/2012


  • Try the Chestnut doughnut from our 100 Best list: It doesnt get any better, any fresher, any more flavorful, any airier than this.
  • Pro Tip: tell your boss you have a dr's appointment and go to DV on a Tuesday morning around 10. All of the donut varieties, none of the wait.
  • The old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut hit dining editor Penny Pollack's cozy button. View a photo here.
  • CAUTION: Beware of a doughnut coma after eating here. Our dining editor's pick: "The gingerbread stacklight and, uh, gingery."
  • Go on a weekday if possible. The space is crazy small but the donuts are crazy good. If you're lucky enough to be an early bird, order the daily special. Otherwise, get whatever. Music vibe is killer!
  • Despite the high prices and long lines, this tiny takeout shops serves some of the most flawless doughnuts we've ever tried.
  • Download a podcast. Bring a long-lost friend. Get there at 8:30am. This is the doughnut weve been waiting for.
  • This shop puts out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other doughnuts of both cake and yeast varieties. And they are marvelousperhaps the best you will ever have.
  • Try the chocolate. Your life will never be the same.
  • Lots of buzz and long lines at this pastry shop- donuts are the must-have treat.
  • Doughnut, the new cupcake.
  • Outside the vault.
  • The vanilla doughnut is life changing.. Avoid this spot of you're on your way home from the gym!!
  • Maple Bacon Donut
  • Whips up a limited, ever-changing selection of fresh-baked sweets in flavors like chestnut, buttermilk, carrot cake, & maple-bourbon-bacon. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for store hours.
  • Pure, doughy goodness in a variety of flavors.
  • Open till they sell out. Old fashioned buttermilk was a delight. All packaged into a room the size of a hallway.
  • Follow this shop on Twitter: They'll tell you when they're running out and how many people are online. @doughnutvault
  • They sell out. You need to wake up PREEETY early in the morning if you want a doughnut from here.
  • Try the Buttermilk Old Fashioned doughnut - Stumbled on this place for dessert.

Nearby places

222 Merchandise Mart Plz (btwn Kinzie & Wells)
68 W Hubbard St (at N Clark St)
439 N Wells St (btwn Illinois St & Hubbard St)