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400-1/2 N. Franklin
Quite literally a hole in the wall, the Donut Vault has attained cult status in Chicago. People wait in line for up to an hour to get one of precious 1000 donuts that are made each morning.
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Buttermilk Old Fashioned Donut
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"For those who crave instant gratification, The Doughnut Vault can be a maddening place. A line starts forming well before the door opens at 8:30am, and it is not uncommon for latecomers to wait an hour for their fix. In recent years, the Doughnut Vault has somewhat ..."
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400-1/2 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL
Hours & Policies
Open Year Round
Always Call Ahead!
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"Gingerbread stacks are sold in threesomes."
"A boxful of buttermilk old fashioneds"
"Buttermilk old fashioned donuts are dense and cakelike -- great with coffee."
"Chestnut glazed donuts"
"Here you see the entire interior of the Donut Vault."
"'Sold Out' can happen well before noon."
"This photo was taken at 7:55am. The couple at the table wanted to be first in line when the shop opened at 8:30."
"Among the Chicagoans waiting for their chance to nab donuts are Roadfood.com's Stephen Rushmore and his mother, Judy."
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