The Doughnut Vault

The Doughnut Vault

Donut Shop
401 1/2 N Franklin St (at W Kinzie St), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Hours:
Closed until 9:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Breakfast
Credit Cards:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.2/10

Based on 211 votes

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  • buttermilk
  • hipster
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  • Karen

    This place makes me wish I lived in Chicago! Great donuts and $1 coffee that is actually good. Ummm yes.

    Karen · 1 week ago
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  • Samantha O.

    Old fashion doughnuts.

    Samantha O. · 2 weeks ago
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  • Heather W.

    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!

    Heather Williams · 3 weeks ago
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  • The Freehand

    Pure, doughy goodness in a variety of flavors.

    The Freehand · March 4
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  • Jen M.

    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.

    Jen Marquez · March 3
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  • Catherine P.

    The old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut is really good! Additionally, try the chocolate doughnut!

    Catherine Punkt · February 27
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  • David

    In winter, get your donuts here and eat them inside of the nearby Merchandiese Mart.

    David · February 27
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  • Motaz F.

    Find them on Twitter before you go there @doughnutvault

    Motaz Fadul · February 23
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  • Courtney R.

    Omg sooo good the double chocolate doughnut with sprinkles!

    Courtney Rusco · February 20
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  • Moi A.

    Donas de doble chocolate

    Moi Alvarez · February 2
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  • Paul M.

    Old fashioned doughnut

    Paul May · January 5
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  • Brian S.

    Order anything. It's all good.

    Brian Stackhouse · December 28, 2014
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  • Christopher F.

    Awesome old fashioned donuts!!! Get there early (especially on the weekend) otherwise they may run out!!! The buttermilk donut is THE BEST!!!!!!!

    Christopher Floss · December 12, 2014
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  • Yaqoob A.

    Almond was nice:-)

    Yaqoob Alobaidli · November 17, 2014
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  • Ben L.

    You'll probably have to wait in line, but it's worth it. Try an old fashioned.

    Ben Lippert · November 15, 2014
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  • Yaqoob A.

    The doughnuts are good

    Yaqoob Alobaidli · November 12, 2014
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  • Charles S.

    Crazy good donuts.

    Charles Shousha · November 3, 2014
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  • Kyle H.

    The munchkins and the chocolate glazed donut 👌

    Kyle Hughes · October 13, 2014
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  • Rebecca M.

    Its worth the wait! Fantastic doughnuts.

    Rebecca Maldonado · October 5, 2014
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  • Rebecca M.

    If only I lived in Chicago, I would make a faithful weekend trip and read a book while I wait in line! Doughnuts rule!

    Rebecca Maldonado · October 5, 2014
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  • Carmen G.

    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.

    Carmen Guzman · October 5, 2014
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  • Chris B.

    All Hype, The lines are really long and the donuts are IMO marginal. For a better doughnut check out firecakes on Hubbard.

    Chris Burke · September 13, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Doughnut Vault as seen on The Layover Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 2, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed

    Justin Large, chef of One Off Hospitality Group (Director of Culinary Operations), eats here on his nights off. He loves the Vanilla-glazed doughnut. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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  • Fiachra M.

    Open till they sell out. Old fashioned buttermilk was a delight. All packaged into a room the size of a hallway.

    Fiachra Maguire · August 20, 2014
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  • jaime g.

    EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

    jaime garcia · August 8, 2014
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  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · August 1, 2014
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  • Paul V.

    They take credit now.

    Paul Vu · July 10, 2014
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  • David S.

    Best doughnut in America? Maybe.

    David Strasser · July 4, 2014
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  • Kelly B.

    It is worth the wait

    Kelly Bone · June 27, 2014
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  • Jr C.

    Come early, while supplies last.

    Jr Cayas · May 21, 2014
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  • Andrew C.

    As of May 2014, they now accept credit cards

    Andrew Chase · May 11, 2014
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  • Tammy G.

    I liked the classic sour cream and buttermilk donut the most.

    Tammy Gordon · May 9, 2014
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  • Mark R.

    Hip Hop, Hipsters and a sugar rush. The best doughnuts you'll ever eat, but beware the gut bomb coma!

    Mark Reynolds · May 7, 2014
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  • Keith M.

    The buttermilk old-fashioned was amazing, but I found the remaining flavor to be just okay.

    Keith Marran · April 28, 2014
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  • Doug

    Check for their daily specials on twitter or tumblr

    Doug · April 18, 2014
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  • Ambo

    Credit cards now accepted.

    Ambo · April 6, 2014
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  • Doug

    Open until they are sold out. Check Twitter for status.

    Doug · March 18, 2014
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  • Tony G.

    The chestnut is incredible!

    Tony Greeley · March 15, 2014
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  • DailyCandy

    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.

    DailyCandy · February 25, 2014
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  • Vicky K.

    Friendly service; excellent coffee! Cash only and get there early or else you're S.O.L..

    Vicky Kujawa · February 17, 2014
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  • Katheryn M.

    Cash only! Show up early because the specials sell fast. And get your tastebuds ready to Enjoy! 🍩

    Katheryn M · February 7, 2014
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  • autumn N.

    I came today (Tuesday) at around 10 and it was sold out... Not funny, came all over from Europe..

    autumn Ng · December 12, 2013
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  • Henry B.

    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.

    Henry Birdseye · December 7, 2013
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  • Jenifer K.

    Everything they say is true... They are amazing! Buttermilk, Chocolate and Salted Caramel were the three I got. Salted Caramel was my fav.!

    Jenifer K · December 5, 2013
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  • Elizabeth K.

    Cute interior! And delicious doughnut of course

    Elizabeth Kim · October 26, 2013
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  • Chazamm

    Slowest line ever for fucking donuts...how hard can it be

    Chazamm · October 11, 2013
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  • Justin

    Worth the wait.

    Justin · October 5, 2013
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  • Mabel G.

    Get here early

    Mabel Guzman · October 4, 2013
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  • Amanda J.

    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.

    Amanda Joyce · September 19, 2013
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