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The Doughnut Vault

The Doughnut Vault

Donut Shop$$$$
River North, Chicago
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  • 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.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ToliuszisNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • Julia P.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MarquezMarch 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.
  • 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
  • Jayson M.
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ToliuszisJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The best donuts in the city. Any city. Get the double old fashion. Get the daily special. And the massive chocolate
  • Heather W.
    Heather WilliamsApril 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • Karen
    KarenApril 15, 2015
    This place makes me wish I lived in Chicago! Great donuts and $1 coffee that is actually good. Ummm yes.
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2016
  • 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
  • Christine
    ChristineMay 27, 2015
    One of the best Donuts place in the world!!!!! Go early for more choices! Take out only except little table outside.
  • Vivian N.
    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
  • JenKudu
    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.!
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine PunktFebruary 27, 2015
    The old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut is really good! Additionally, try the chocolate doughnut!
  • 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
  • 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!!!!!!!
  • Mark R.
    Mark ReynoldsMay 7, 2014
    Hip Hop, Hipsters and a sugar rush. The best doughnuts you'll ever eat, but beware the gut bomb coma!
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Niki C.
    Niki ConradJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chestnut. For sure. Ice coffee for a buck. Follow them on Twitter for line updates, special flavors, and inventory. Delicious. Jam to the rap while you wait!
  • Henry B.
    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.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChaseMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    As of May 2014, they now accept credit cards
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2016
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2016
  • 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.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMay 9, 2014
    I liked the classic sour cream and buttermilk donut the most.
  • Nigel K.
    Nigel KongJune 2, 2016
    There is a donut God. This is it. Paired with a $1 coffees and you're good as gold.
  • Vicky K.
    Vicky KujawaFebruary 17, 2014
    Friendly service; excellent coffee! Cash only and get there early or else you're S.O.L..
  • 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.
  • David S.
    David StrasserMay 17, 2013
    The buttermilk old fashioned is worth the line up and the calories. Seriously good doughnut.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacAugust 28, 2015
    They are only open for a few hours each morning. Go early to get their daily special.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    When the person in front of you is asking what's available, listen up to save time.
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2016
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 25, 2012
    Download a podcast. Bring a long-lost friend. Get there at 8:30am. This is the doughnut we’ve been waiting for. -JK Read more
  • David
    DavidFebruary 27, 2015
    In winter, get your donuts here and eat them inside of the nearby Merchandiese Mart.
  • jaime g.
    jaime garciaJuly 7, 2013
    Get there early, they only make so many doughnuts and when they are gone, they're gone. Closes between 12:30-2:00ish
  • 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.
  • Meg S.
    Meg SkwiatJune 1, 2011
    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.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertNovember 15, 2014
    You'll probably have to wait in line, but it's worth it. Try an old fashioned.
  • will.i.am.not
    will.i.am.notJuly 25, 2012
    Chocolate glazed is my favorite (so far).
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