My Favorite Chicago Doughnut Shop

Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Happy National Doughnut Day!

And before you grumble at me about “yet another made-up foodie holiday”, let me assure you that National Doughnut is an actual legitimate holiday and just so happens to be my favorite foodie holiday of THEM ALL!

I LOVE my doughnuts!

In 1938 the Salvation Army began Doughnut Day in an effort to help feed those in need and in homage to the Salvation Army women in WWI who would hand out doughnuts to the troops. The holiday has stuck and is still today here in Chicago a fundraising day for the Salvation Army.

Guys, this holiday is kind of a big deal.

So in honor of National Doughnut Day I’m taking you to my absolute favorite doughnut shop in all of Chicago… Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Doughnut Vault!Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned I’ve been patronizing Doughnut Vault since I first moved to the city after college! Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Years ago this tiny-yet-charming River North location was the ONLY place you could get their swoon-worthy doughnuts. And the line could be MASSIVE!Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned These days Doughnut Vault donuts are sold in several more locations around the city like Three Arts Cafe (as well as a particularly charming doughnut van they park around in different spots every day) so the waits aren’t nearly as long as they used to be. PHEW!Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned But wait or no wait these doughnuts are SO worth the trouble.
Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned I mean just look at them!Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned These are the Buttermilk Old-Fashioned — Hubby and I’s favorite Doughnut Vault doughnut.

They’re a delicious classic with a vanilla bean-speckled dough fried to crunchy perfection then doused in a flavorful, not-too-sweet glaze.Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned These are without a doubt my favorite glazed doughnuts in the city!Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedHubby and I are so addicted to them that back when you could ONLY buy Doughnut Vault doughnuts at their small River North shop (which inevitably meant at least 40 minutes in line), we would BULK buy them, take them home, and freeze them so we’d have them whenever we wanted them.Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedReally they are THAT good!Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedI highly recommend stopping by the original shop if you can. It has so much character! It’s tiny — SUPER tiny — with only room for a half-dozen customers at a time within the chandelier-decked shop.Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned But the outdoor patio has expanded quite a bit over the years practically doubling the space of the shop.Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned And now with the long wait times halved, it’s become one of my favorite stops for much-needed morning doughnut fuel on the morning. Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Care to try a bite?Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Another one of my absolute favorite Doughnut Vault doughnuts is the Chestnut-Glazed — a puffy, yeasty doughnut that’s massive in scale and so subtle and delicious in flavor.Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedI love the little flecks of chestnut mixed in with the glaze.Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned Doughnut Vault Chicago River North Old Fashioned

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Dress – Thakoon Addition (similar: 1 / 2 / 3|| Bag – Chloé Mini ‘Drew’ (budget options: 12|| Pumps – Stuart Weitzman ‘Heist’ || Cuff – Forever 21 || Sunglasses – Ray-Ban || Lips – Stila in ‘Bella’

Photos courtesy of Anna of NoirFriday

Where will YOU be celebrating National Doughnut Day today?

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