National Donut Day — Reader Challenge!

Donut DayNational Donut Day, now that is something I want to celebrate! This began in 1938 to honor the Salvation Workers who served donuts on the battlefields of France during World War I and II. Salvation Army workers served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor and the donut idea was conceived as a means of lifting the soldiers’ spirits. Many things have changed since 1938, but people still love their donuts!

This got me thinking, where would one go to get the best donut in Lake County on Donut Day? Surely there must be some awesome, hole-in-the-wall bakery or coffee shop that has the best pastries. I began to ask around and I was thoroughly disappointed with the feedback. A few people mentioned bakeries they liked, but it turns out most people get their donuts from Dunkin’. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some Dunkin Donuts. (Fun fact: my first job was at Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts in Antioch when I was 15 years old). However, I prefer a mom and pop shop; I choose a small and locally owned business any day over a chain when I can. So Little Lake County readers, I am issuing you a challenge: find me the BEST donut from a locally owned baker in Lake County! Here are some tips from our contributors:

Loralie likes Lovin’ Oven’s; they even have bacon donuts!

Even though it’s in McHenry, Stephanie says that Riverside Bakery is worth the trip.

Lee’s in Libertyville had great reviews before their renovation. Has anyone been there since?

Please let us know if you find a bakery in Lake County that we should try. Use hashtag #eatlocalLLC on Instagram and twitter to share your favorites. My kids will thank you!

Both Krispy Kreme & Dunkin Donuts “celebrate” Donut Day, of course. Krispy Kreme locations are giving out one free donut per customer, and participating Dunkin Donuts locations will give a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Sound off! Tell us in the comments who has the best donuts in Lake County?

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Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.


  1. Uhm…World War I ended in 1918. Might want to check your facts there. And, to add to the Article…Deerfields in Buffalo Grove have good doughnuts. Ironically, I love the Old Fashioned topped with chocolate at Thorton’s in Lakemoor.

    • Thanks Brian I fixed the wording. The Donut Day holiday started in 1938 to honor the workers who passed out donuts during the war…little sleep deprivation oversight.

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