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The Doughnut Vault

The Doughnut Vault

Donut Shop$$$$
River North, Chicago
137 Tips and reviews
  • donuts
  • gingerbread stack
  • coffee
  • daily specials
  • casual
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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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 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
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ToliuszisJanuary 22
    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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!!!!!!
  • 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.!
  • 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)
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 15
    Huge and delicious, this doughnut melts in your mouth. Only a hot, fresh coffee will slake my thirst after that. Read more
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurkeSeptember 13, 2014
    All Hype, The lines are really long and the donuts are IMO marginal. For a better doughnut check out firecakes on Hubbard.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Karen
    KarenApril 15, 2015
    This place makes me wish I lived in Chicago! Great donuts and $1 coffee that is actually good. Ummm yes.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WongAugust 14
    old-fashioned has a lot of fans here (get the ones at firecakes!), but their best are actually their jelly filled.
  • 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.
  • Nigel K.
    There is a donut God. This is it. Paired with a $1 coffees and you're good as gold.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMay 9, 2014
    I liked the classic sour cream and buttermilk donut the most.
  • Nauman N.
    Go for the classic and wash it down with coffee from Bow Truss coffee nearby 😋
  • Vicky K.
    Vicky KujawaFebruary 17, 2014
    Friendly service; excellent coffee! Cash only and get there early or else you're S.O.L..
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacAugust 28, 2015
    They are only open for a few hours each morning. Go early to get their daily special.
  • 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.
  • David
    DavidFebruary 27, 2015
    In winter, get your donuts here and eat them inside of the nearby Merchandiese Mart.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChaseMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    As of May 2014, they now accept credit cards
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertNovember 15, 2014
    You'll probably have to wait in line, but it's worth it. Try an old fashioned.
  • Erika D.
    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.
  • 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
  • cami j.
    cami j.July 12, 2015
    love the chocolate glazed and the gingerbread stacks!
  • 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
  • Katheryn M.
    Katheryn MFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cash only! Show up early because the specials sell fast. And get your tastebuds ready to Enjoy! 🍩
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