doughnut vault

hogsalt’s sweet contribution to the city’s doughnut scene

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.

the details


River North: 401 N Franklin St, Chicago
Fulton Market: 111 N Canal St, Chicago (located in the River Center Management building)

Hours7:30am – 12pm (or until they sell out) everyday
Price$-$$ – doughnuts are ~$3 each
Aestheticold school chic, in a charming, almost small town way

good to know

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) 

Other things to note: 

  • The Franklin location is take-out only with some outdoor tables, while the Canal Street location has seating.
  • Craving doughnuts in the afternoon? Try seeing if they have some at 3 Greens Market just around the corner from Franklin or Sawada Coffee in West Loop or Aster Hall in 900 Michigan.

Last visited: July 2020

Last updated: August 2020

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