While you never need an excuse to enjoy a doughnut — cream-filled or not — the first Friday of the month, June 5, gives you an extra reason. It’s National Doughnut Day! And what better way to celebrate than trying a plethora of sugary treats around the city? Start with this list and this list, and then check out these five eateries/bakeries for some of the best breakfast treats (and desserts all day long) around the city and suburbs. Because no matter how you spell it — donut or doughnuts — it’s hard to go wrong.
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Stan’s Donuts & Coffee
1560 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360-7386

What happens when a donut aficionado starts working with the founder of one of Chicago’s premier bread makers, Labriola? A donut shop unlike any other, complete with California-style donuts with a Labriola twist (and the first location was actually out in California). Today, this popular Wicker Park hotspot offers patrons everything from straightforward standard donuts (like glazed), to specialties (including Captain Crunch bismark). All are big in size, and loaded with plenty of sugar to get you through your day.

Beaver’s Coffee And Donuts
131 N. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(773) 392-1300

Starting as a food truck, Beaver’s also now calls the French Market it’s home. On the food truck, they perfected the art of the cinnamon sugar mini donut, and now with their kiosk in the charming French Market, they offer a variety of gourmet toppings on their mini donuts. You can go simple sugar toppings, or choose their signature toppings for just a $1 each. And signature toppings they are, with fabulous combos like peanut butter & strawberry sauce, aptly named PB&J, as well as a combo of chocolate and peanut butter (Reese’s).

Longman & Eagle OSB
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110

Is there anything Longman & Eagle can’t do?! Apparently not, especially with their off-site-bar (OSB) located right behind the restaurant. Come Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 am to 3 p.m. (or until they run out), to enjoy the latest donut creations from pastry chef Jeremy Brutzkus. The options range from classics to seasonal varieties. Pair that donut with some tea or coffee, plus a sausage breakfast sandwich, and you have the makings of a perfect breakfast.

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(Photo Credit: morkeschocolates.com)

Morke’s Chocolate Shop
1890 N. Rand Road
Palatine, IL 60074
(847) 359-3454

Step into a world of gourmet chocolate in this suburban institution, with locations both in Palatine and Algonquin. Established back in 1920 as a candy maker, the shop also offers some out-of-this-world cake donuts — as well as yeast-raised donuts — with some mouthwatering frosting. Donuts are made daily so they’re perfectly moist. Don’t wait to drive to the ‘burbs? No problem. They also ship their delectable donuts.

1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 563-1010

Chef Bill Kim’s West Loop restaurant may be known for its modern Asian barbecue, but it’s also the perfect place to get your donut fix. Plus, it’s unlike any other donut you’ll get in the city, as like most items on this menu, it has an Asian influence. The way the donut is served occasionally changes, but you’ll be guaranteed to get a soft donut, often served with some sort of fruit, as well as ice cream. In other words, the perfect end to a meal.

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.