Sprinkle in Some Fun at Chicago’s Dog-Friendly Donut-Shop Patios

Photo: BomboBar

Sometimes you just have to have a donut. Decadent, glazed, frosted, filled, smelling just like the bakery you used to visit as a kid… some cravings are just meant to be satisfied! The next time you take your pup out on the town, stop by the patio of one of these dog-friendly donut shops and satisfy your sweet tooth–you deserve it! Plus, you need the energy boost to keep up with your dog, right? 

These spots are dog-friendly on their patios only, so do not set paw(s) inside, if you please!


Doughnut Vault | River North

Founded in a tiny brick alcove, Doughnut Vault’s specialty is classic old-fashioned and glazed doughnuts, crafted by hand overnight and sold fresh each morning. A water dish can be provided for your pooch.

Take it from a satisfied local: “Best old fashioned doughnuts I’ve had in a long long time. Great flavor and consistent glaze. Coffee was excellent as well.”

BomboBar | West Loop

Bar Siena’s side concept, Bombobar is a walk-up window serving up Bombolini (Italian-style-doughnuts that are filled and infused with creative flavors!), gelato, coffee, and some of the best doggone hot chocolate in the West Loop. The line can get somewhat long during peak times, but it moves quickly and the best things in life are worth waiting for, eh? They love seeing your pups and they have water available as well!

Take it from a satisfied local: “Beyond amazing. The desserts don’t just look good, they taste amazing!”

SmackDab Bakery | Rogers Park

Smack Dab is a unique breakfast and coffee concept, known for their life-changing biscuit sandwiches, incredible vegan donuts, and unbelievably charming staff. They make everything in the house and from the heart, using organic, non-GMO flours and sugars, and local ingredients when possible.

Take it from a satisfied local: “Great coffee, donuts baked fresh, and an early bird deal, there’s not much better for breakfast/pastries on the North side.”

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee | Streeterville + Lakeview (N Broadway)

Stan’s is serving up freshly made donuts of extraordinary flavors and textures and is proudly serving La Colombe coffees and teas. Try the peanut butter pocket or the old-fashioned blueberry–you won’t be disappointed!

Take it from a satisfied local: “Service was great, donuts were amazing!! We’ll be back!”

Firecakes Donuts | Lincoln Park + River North

At this spot, unique takes on classic donuts are just the beginning. Sure, you can dig into old-fashioned and/or sprinkled donuts, but you can also enjoy a revolutionary ice cream sandwich experience: choose your “bread,” (a delectable donut or churro) and they’ll fill it with your favorite ice cream and toppings. You get to enjoy this whole experience (plus freshly-brewed coffee) with your pup on the dog-friendly patio! Try the coconut cream or maple bacon donut, and you can thank us later.

Take it from a satisfied local: “Ridiculously good donuts at a charming little storefront.”

Looking for more dog-friendly fun? Check out our whole Chicago directory!

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