Chicago Donut Fest Preview: Long Johns and Crullers and Fritters, Oh My

New Year’s reslotuion-ers, meet your kryptonite: the official Chicago Donut Fest returns on January 28th!


Donut Fest
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Yes, in what I’m almost positive is a direct attack on my decision to eat healthier in the new year, this annual celebration of all things sugar-coated and jelly-filled will be hitting the city later this month. The event  – taking place at ChopShop in Wicker Park – will feature delicious deep-fried goodies from 11 of Chicagoland’s best bakeries, each hoping to take home the title of “Best Donut” at the end of the day.


And while we at UrbanMatter wholeheartedly support your sincere attempts at healthy living (seriously, we do!) it just so happens that we support gorging ourselves on donuts just a tinge more, so we thought we’d give you a little taste of what to expect from the vendors at Chicago Donut Fest 2018.




Donut Fest - Firecakes
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Various Locations

Firecakes may be new to Chicago Donut fest but ooohhhh boy, did they come to play. Though the ice-cream sandwich donut featured here probably won’t be in the running for the “Best Donut” crown, it is pretty damn tasty. We expect only good things.



Stan’s Donuts

Donut Fest - Stan's
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Various Locations


Stan’s is practically the grandaddy of all specialty donuts. Just take a look at these extra-fluffy, square, croissant babies. I mean, c’mon now.



Gurnee Donuts

Donut Fest - Gurnee Donuts
Photo Credit: Gurnee Donuts Instagram

4949 Grand Ave, Gurnee IL

So, no – Gurnee Donuts isn’t technically in Chicago. But their ever-more creative  – and downright delectable! – donuts are sure to have you driving up to Gurnee in no time. Seriously, their purple Ube donut even took home the grand prize in 2016!



West Town Bakery

Donut Fest - West Town Bakery
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West Town and River North

This West Side born bake shop is just as trendy as it is eco-friendly, serving up super cool donuts and baked goods made only from local and sustainable products. Now that’s a donut shop we can get behind.


Ipsento Coffee

Donut Fest - Ipsento
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Various Locations

A coffee roaster at heart, Ipsento’s baked goods are the perfect companion to a good cup of joe (which Ipsento will also be providing at Donut Fest, FYI).


DeEtta’s Bakery

Donut Fest - DeEtta's Bakery
Photo Credit: DeEtta’s Bakery Instagram

428 W Fifth Ave, Naperville IL

Fancy donuts are great and all, but nothing will ever beat a perfect, old fashioned treat. Not convinced? Give DeEtta’s Sour Cream Chocolate Old Fashioned a try, it was last year’s winner, after all.


Doughnut Vault

Donut Fest - Doughnut Vault
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Various Locations

Handcrafted donuts with classic flavors and an artisanal touch. Does it really get any better than this?


Roeser’s Bakery

Donut Fest - Roeser's Bakery
Photo Credit: Roeser’s Bakery Instagram

3216 W North Ave, Chicago, IL

Roeser’s is a Chicago institution if I’ve ever seen one. A South side mainstay and city-wide favorite, their classic donuts and frosting are almost literally to die for.


GBD Cakes and Sweets

Donut Fest - GBD
Photo credit: GBD Instagram

2039 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

This family owned cake shop in Bucktown does not mess around when it comes to baking up some sweet treats, and they’ve got the Cake Wars victory to prove it.


Longman & Eagle

Donut est - Longman and Eagle
Photo Credit: Longman & Eagle Instagram

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL

This Logan Square boutique hotel and restaurant may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to donuts, but with the beauties they’ve been serving up lately, they may just change your mind come the 28th.


D & D’s Place

Donut Fest - D and D's Place
Photo Credit: D and D’s Place
8324 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 

A Southside favorite, D & D’s is cooking up some of the best – nay, THE best – apple fritters in the city. Don’t doubt me.


Coffee – for dippin’ and dunkin’, of course – will be provided by:


Interested in trying it out for yourselves?

Both General Admission and VIP tickets for the event are on sale now. For just $35, the former will get you entry to the fest, tickets to taste donuts from each of the participants, three coffee tickets and a take home goodie bag. For just $15 dollars more, the VIP package will also get you early entry and a limited edition Chicago Donut Fest mug.

For more information, head to the Chicago Donut Fest website here.



Featured Image Credit: Stan’s Donuts

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