Doughnut Vault is like a not-so-secret treasure trove of doughnuts. It checks off all the boxes of a cult favorite – limited hours, limited space, limited doughnuts. They tweet out their flavors for the day and often sell out by 10am. The Franklin Street location actually looks like a vault, with a picturesque cottage blue painted sign outside and a line out the door all morning.
A part of the Hogsalt empire, Doughnut Vault specializes in old fashioned doughnuts, although they do also have yeasted and cake donut options. Selections vary everyday, but the classic buttermilk old fashioned is good enough to explain the city’s undying love for the spot. And if you don’t make it there in time, it’s also sold at other Hogsalt establishments.
|Hours||7:30am – 12pm (or until they sell out) everyday|
|Price||$-$$ – doughnuts are ~$3 each|
|Aesthetic||old school chic, in a charming, almost small town way|
Go here for: a stop on your Chicago doughnut tour
Order this: selections vary everyday but you can never go wrong with a classic buttermilk old fashioned or a chocolate old fashioned
Amount of time to spend: you can be in and out in <10 min, even with a line
When to come: earlier the better for the most options
Getting here: the closest station is Merchandise Mart (brown)
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Last visited: July 2020
Last updated: August 2020