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The Doughnut Vault

The Doughnut Vault

Donut Shop$$$$
River North, Chicago
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    The experts at Chicagoist and Chicago magazine recommend this place
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    Danielle N.
    "Buttermilk old fashioned... Straight up out of this world amazing"(7 Tips)
    Joe M.
    "Buttermilk donut with a black coffee is the best breakfast."(4 Tips)
    Christy T.
    "The gingerbread stack is amazing, especially fresh and warm."(3 Tips)
    Henry B.
    "Hit up Do-Rite, Firecakes, or Glazed & Infused instead."(3 Tips)
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  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ChaseMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    As of May 2014, they now accept credit cards
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JoyceSeptember 19, 2013
    what others said...GO EARLY !! First time we went at 10am, and they were sold out/closed for the day, and that was during the week. They were delicious though, worth the wait! I got the daily special.
  • Carmen G.
    Carmen GuzmanOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pro tip.. have your order ready when u get 2 front of the line. 6 donuts fit in a box. Tell them if ur going to need a box as soon as u get up to the counter. They accept CC but u pay a lil more.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 23, 2015
    The Buttermilk Old Fashioned is the Vault’s most popular choice. Also, the cute outdoor photo-opp, traveling Doughnut Vault Van and $1 coffee makes this place high on my list of favorites in the city. Read more
  • Jessica T.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ToliuszisNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Katie W.
    Katie WatersDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee is Metropolis & only $1. But onto the Doughnuts! The Gingerbread Stack is such a simple breakfast delight so try them out OR try any doughnut that sounds yummy, you will like it.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 25, 2014
    Tucked inside an old vault, bakers riff on classic recipes to produce pitch-perfect donuts. Go early (it closes when it sells out), brave the lines, order the old-fashioned, and take yours to go.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WongAugust 14, 2016
    old-fashioned has a lot of fans here (get the ones at firecakes!), but their best are actually their jelly filled.
  • Julia P.heart icon on user image
    Julia ParkAugust 9, 2013
    Get the Jelly-filled Donut (seasonal special). PHENOMENAL. All of their donuts are really good, but the vanilla glazed was a bit too plain (and just like any other glazed donut) for me.
  • Jayson M.heart icon on user image
    Jayson MJune 6, 2015
    Unique experience to the Chicago area! Carrier early as they only make so many doughnuts per day and when they are gone they are gone! Harry Potter-ish side entry! Great taste!
  • Jessica T.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ToliuszisJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The best donuts in the city. Any city. Get the double old fashion. Get the daily special. And the massive chocolate
  • Angela
    AngelaFebruary 7, 2013
    The chocolate glazed here is the best I've ever had. Melt in your mouth gooey good. Coffee is only a buck too. Get there before 11 am because they tend to run of doughnuts and then close for the day.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenApril 15, 2015
    This place makes me wish I lived in Chicago! Great donuts and $1 coffee that is actually good. Ummm yes.
  • Jen M.heart icon on user image
    Jen Marquez GinnMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check their Twitter first thing in the morning to find out their specials and to get live updates on item availability. Lemon poppyseed old fashioned is one of the best around.
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AOctober 10, 2018
    Prepare to wait in line but worth it!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 17, 2012
    Buttermilk and glazed yeast are staples, but the Twitter feed update dough lovers of daily specials that range from pistachio to birthday cake (cake dunked in vanilla glaze with rainbow sprinkles). Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    This shop puts out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other doughnuts of both cake and yeast varieties. And they are marvelous—perhaps the best you will ever have. Read more
  • Nigel K.heart icon on user image
    Nigel KongJune 2, 2016
    There is a donut God. This is it. Paired with a $1 coffees and you're good as gold.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 17, 2012
    Doughnut makers using the noms de plume François and Henri Gras put out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other doughnuts of both the cake and yeast variety. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 14, 2011
    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. Read more
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzMay 14, 2012
    Every morning people get in line hoping to get to the counter before the donuts are gone. Get the chocolate glazed or chestnut donut or the donut of the day. They're big, delicious donuts!
  • Heather W.
    Heather WilliamsApril 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The raspberry old fashioned was worth the trek. I felt like a total bonehead when I ordered and realized I left my wallet at the office. The server was so great about it! I'll be back!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The classic chestnut glazed option is my favorite, a slight nutty sweetness that is the perfect side to a morning coffee to start your day Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    Lines are long in the mornings and on weekends, but after 10 am, its a little easier to slip in. Go for the buttermilk old fashioned or the yeasty glazed doughnut.
  • Christine D.heart icon on user image
    Christine DMay 27, 2015
    One of the best Donuts place in the world!!!!! Go early for more choices! Take out only except little table outside.
  • Catherine P.heart icon on user image
    Catherine PunktFebruary 27, 2015
    The old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut is really good! Additionally, try the chocolate doughnut!
  • Vivian N.heart icon on user image
    Vivian NguyenSeptember 21, 2015
    We arrived around 9:30 am on a Saturday morning, and waited about 30 mins. The chestnut glazed, old fashioned, and special filled were great
  • Mark R.heart icon on user image
    Mark ReynoldsMay 7, 2014
    Hip Hop, Hipsters and a sugar rush. The best doughnuts you'll ever eat, but beware the gut bomb coma!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossDecember 12, 2014
    Awesome old fashioned donuts!!! Get there early (especially on the weekend) otherwise they may run out!!! The buttermilk donut is THE BEST!!!!!!!
  • JenKuduheart icon on user image
    JenKuduDecember 5, 2013
    Everything they say is true... They are amazing! Buttermilk, Chocolate and Salted Caramel were the three I got. Salted Caramel was my fav.!
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan O'MalleyMarch 30, 2013
    Serves up creative flavors like birthday cake, dreamsicle and chestnut cream doughnuts alongside classic glazed and old-fashioned buttermilk (Eater)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 9, 2013
    Despite the high prices and long lines, this tiny takeout shops serves some of the most flawless doughnuts we've ever tried.
  • Alisonheart icon on user image
    Alison1 week ago
    Amazing doughnuts in the cutest shop. Super friendly employees. Be sure to show up early because they sell out quickly!
  • Inigo M.
    Inigo MontoyaMay 25, 2019
    Best overall donut experience in Chicago. May also be best overall donuts, but there are a few contenders.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 15, 2016
    Huge and delicious, this doughnut melts in your mouth. Only a hot, fresh coffee will slake my thirst after that. Read more
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KimOctober 26, 2013
    Cute interior! And delicious doughnut of course
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    super popular in the morning & weekends!! go after 10 am for a shorter line. choose between the buttermilk old fashioned ($2.00) or the yeasty glazed ($3.00) doughnuts
  • Fiachra M.
    Fiachra MaguireAugust 20, 2014
    Open till they sell out. Old fashioned buttermilk was a delight. All packaged into a room the size of a hallway.
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    When the person in front of you is asking what's available, listen up to save time.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Download a podcast. Bring a long-lost friend. Get there at 8:30am. This is the doughnut we’ve been waiting for.
  • Henry B.heart icon on user image
    Henry BirdseyeDecember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If the line reaches the corner, the wait'll be about an hour. Hit up Do-Rite, Firecakes, or Glazed & Infused instead. Live your life.
  • Erika D.heart icon on user image
    Erika DavisJune 28, 2016
    I should have gotten the glazed or old fashioned donuts. Seasonal jelly doughnut (raspberry is what I got) looked good, but way too sweet + tasted perfume-y.
  • Darius K.heart icon on user image
    Darius KalinauskasMay 21, 2018
    Get there early as they close as soon as they run out of doughnuts and they are all delicious! ;)
  • Tammy G.heart icon on user image
    Tammy GordonMay 9, 2014
    I liked the classic sour cream and buttermilk donut the most.
  • Edheart icon on user image
    EdJune 10, 2015
    Old fashion donut is the way to go!
  • Molly F.
    Molly FriedlichMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The vanilla doughnut is life changing.. Avoid this spot of you're on your way home from the gym!!
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney RuscoFebruary 20, 2015
    Omg sooo good the double chocolate doughnut with sprinkles!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the Chestnut doughnut from our 100 Best list: It doesn’t get any better, any fresher, any more flavorful, any airier than this.
  • cami j.heart icon on user image
    cami j.July 12, 2015
    love the chocolate glazed and the gingerbread stacks!
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SkobacAugust 28, 2015
    They are only open for a few hours each morning. Go early to get their daily special.
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