River North's Newest Sweet Spot

Posted by Ted Guarnero admin on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 12:05pm.

Doughnut Vault Taking River North by Storm

Chicago's River North newest hotspot

Recently opening up in the River North neighborhood is a very unique, and what appears to be, a very popular doughnut café establishment. Located at 401 ½ N. Franklin Street, just one block west of the Merchandise Mart Brown and Purple Line stop, the Doughnut Vault has taken the simplicity of a doughnut and a morning cup of coffee to a whole new level. The uniqueness of the Doughnut Vault comes from the stores odd, yet brilliant, hours system. Opening at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Friday, the Doughnut Vault continues to serve its anxious patrons until they’ve literally run out of doughnuts for that day. Each morning, bakers at the “Vault” have a pre-determined amount of doughnuts they will make and once they’re gone, they’re gone! This unorthodox system continues on Saturday, but the doors don’t open until 9:30 a.m., giving local Chicagoans a chance to catch up on a little sleep before rushing down to North Franklin Street in order to grab a spot in the seemingly never-ending line. And trust me, the pictures on Doughnut Vault’s website tell the tale quite accurately. I’ve experienced this sometimes block-long-line first-hand, and despite the time consuming wait, the awesome variety and the deliciously-tasting treats under the glass are well worth every second; but definitely allow for a minimum 30-minute wait when trying out this River North phenomenon for the first time! What also makes the Doughnut Vault special is the simple exterior that, without the 100-yard line, would sometimes likely be overlooked by many passer-bys of the River North neighborhood. No Glass Windows, no obnoxious signage-just a small entry-way to the store with some charming baby-blue accents painted on the building’s outer brick walls. So the next time you want to schedule a showing of the perfect Chicago Loop rental or spacious River North loft, setup a time in the morning and stop by the Doughnut Vault on the way. Just don’t make me wake up too early!     

Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales.  Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit www.seeChicagorealestate.com for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !

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