There’s no denying that Chicago loves its donuts. There are entire tours dedicated to donut tasting. And whether you’re an old fashioned kind of person or a classic glazed or perhaps even a cake donut lover, Firecakes has got you covered. This homegrown, Midwestern rooted donut shop delivers on style and substance.
They serve up upgraded classics (think: wildflower honey for their take on a glazed donut, and valrhona chocolate for their take on an iced donut) as well as seasonal flavors and what they call “creations on vacation” where the rules go out the door and creativity goes wild (think: margarita, banana split, eggnog, or chocolate mascarpone and fig brulée). They also do mini donuts too, if you’re feeling less indulgent. OR, if you’re feeling like you want to try lots of flavors…
River North: 7am – 2pm weekdays, 7am – 5pm weekends
|Price||$$ – pretty on par for a fancyish donut spot, the classics are $2-3, and the fancier ones are $4-5|
|Aesthetic||wholesome sweet shop vibes|
Go here for: donuts (surprise)
Order this: you really can’t go wrong with one of the classics, but their seasonal specials are always a treat too, and if you’ve really been good, get a donut ice cream sandwich
Amount of time to spend: perfect for a quick pit stop
When to come: mornings are popular, but there usually isn’t a long wait, or an afternoon pick me up
Getting here: Loop location is around the corner from Clark/Lake, River North is a couple blocks from Grand (red line), and Lincoln Park is best accessed by bus (22 and 36), as it’s about a 15 min walk from Fullerton (red, brown, purple).
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Last visited: August 2019
Last updated: June 2020