Oh, yes. You read that title correctly!
As you may have read earlier in the week, I hit up Chicago with the hubster (sorry, sometimes I call him that just to annoy people) for a long weekend. It was fabulous and exactly what the two of us needed – time alone with each other. No children. No errands. No normal life stuff getting in the way.
Just sleep and donuts and plays and plenty of drinks, because duh.
Oh, and donut ATMs, because CHICAGO. It’s the best city ever.
Anyway, as you know if you’ve been following along, this little Chicago trip was part of my gig with Groupon. I’m working with them to share with you about Groupon Getaways and all of the fabulous vacation options they have. I’m seriously so impressed with their range of options…you can basically go anywhere in the world through them and holy cow, they are cheap!
Anyway, let’s talk about my donut tour, shall we?
The husband and I were staying right off of Michigan Avenue in the River North neighborhood, I think. I mean, Chicago neighborhoods confuse the heck out of me, so don’t quote me on that.
I mapped out a fairly easy route for us to hit up 4 different donut shops. It was probably about 2-3 miles worth of walking and we ended up catching a cab rather than walking the 3-ish miles back. Because we are lazy and cabs are part of the fun when you’re in Chicago.
So, our first stop was West Town Bakery where we shared a S’mores Donut. We both had high hopes for this one, but it was honestly our least favorite of all the donuts. By, like, a lot. So, boo on that. I’d skip this shop next time around, but the workers were all super friendly and helpful.
Our second stop was Firecakes Donuts. Dudes. This is the donut shop that I want to own. There were so many amazing flavors, but my husband kept giving me the side eye any time I’d mention getting more than one donut at each shop. Because, apparently 4 donuts split between 2 people is enough over the course of 2 hours? Obviously, I need a new husband. (He’s really not much of a donut fan.)
Anyway, we got the peanut butter cup donut and I had to fight him to the death for it. It was one of the best donuts I’ve ever put in my mouth. The filling was spot on. Go here if you get the chance!
Our third stop was The Doughnut Vault and I was so excited to try their donuts. Aaaaand, then we saw the line. The building is back off the main road and there is hardly any signage. You’d never know the shop was even there if it weren’t for the line of people circling around the block.
Sadly, we decided to skip this one. We walked back by a few times to see if the line was shorter and it never was over the course of the weekend. Sad face!
The last stop was Beaver’s and we absolutely loved it. This was my husband’s favorite shop. They serve mini donuts (think donut holes, but shaped like regular donuts!) and you can get them in tons of flavors. Since they were mini donuts, we splurged a bit and got four different flavors and each flavor comes as two mini donuts. We got the fluffernutter (his favorite of the tour), the Rice Krispies Treat donuts (my favorite from this shop), turtle, and PB&J.
Honestly, though, every one of those flavors was amazing and this shop was located in a really nice indoor market with a ton of local foods. We really enjoyed this one and would definitely go again! I think it would be an especially fun shop to take the kids to.
We had such a great trip on our Groupon Getaway. We wandered around and just fell in love with the city. We dreamed of moving to Chicago and starting up our own little business of donut ATMs. Seems like a good business venture, right?
Well, that wraps up my Chicago trip! I’m going to be back soon with details about trip to Puerto Plata! I can’t wait to share all of the fun, beachy times we had!