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Stan’s Donuts & Coffee: Prepare to Dunk

The L.A. favorite’s new Chicago shop has inviting seating, chic vintage décor, and doughnuts served fresh ’til 9 p.m.

Yeast-raised chocolate-glazed doughnut at Stan's   Photos: Anna Knott

Doughnut shops are a dime a baker’s dozen these days, but few are as tempting as Stan’s Donuts & Coffee in Wicker Park.

Chalk that up to a serious pedigree: Brought here by bread master Rich Labriola, the store is the first Chicago outpost of a 50-year-old Los Angeles cult favorite. The signage is Pepto-Bismol pink, the walls are adorned with multicolored KitchenAid mixers, and the fresh pastries are served up until at least 9 p.m.

Chomp into a yeasty beast stuffed with peanut butter and bananas and covered in chocolate, or dunk a lime-green lemon-pistachio old fashioned into an Intelligentsia latte. Other doughnutteries around town are grab-and-go affairs, but Stan’s invites lingering with its plentiful seating. Which is good, because when a place is this sweet, it’s nearly impossible to leave.

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, 1560 N. Damen Ave., 773-360-7386

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