Donuts are on the rise (pun intended) across the United States. What was traditionally the stuff of cliché cop jokes is now the focus of serious culinary attention, catering to all tastes and cultural stylings. Chicago is no exception to the trend, with a scene as varied as donuts themselves. Our Windy City favorites include a 90-year-old bakery, a six-month-old pop-up, a South Side staple, and a James Beard Nominee's Wicker Park dessert destination.
Given the sheer number of bakeries and donut varieties in Chicago, this list is a mere sampling of the best the city has to offer. Did we miss your favorite place? Tell us about it in the comment section.
Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cruller at Doughnut Vault
Dinkel's Custard Bismark
Glazed donut at Old Fashioned Doughnut
Chocolate covered donut at Oak Mill Bakery
Raspberry glazed donut at Letizia's Fiore Bakery
Brioche Donuts at Hot Chocolate
Sprinkled vegan donut (and hole!) at Fritz Pastry
Chocolate Bavarian cream at Rolling Donut