Free Doughnuts: Where To Get Your National Doughnut Day Treat

CHICAGO, IL — Chicagoland has given the world many things — the world’s first McDonald’s and Dairy Queen restaurants, the Ferris wheel (also known as the Chicago wheel) and even the beloved Twinkie. But there’s more: The Chicago Salvation Army is responsible for National Doughnut Day, meant to commemorate “donut lassies,” or female volunteers who provided aid to U.S. soldiers on the front lines during World War I. This year, the celebration is Friday, June 2, and it’s your chance to score free or discounted doughnuts.

Over at Dunkin’ Donuts, you can get a free classic doughnut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage all day Friday. Find a Dunkin’ near you here.

Krispy Kreme, which recently marked its return to the Chicago area with a new Homewood location, 17815 Halsted St., is also giving away one free doughnut to each customer with no strings attached — “any doughnut, all day,” the chain said, and the offer is good from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. in-store and until midnight Saturday in the drive-thru.

If you’ve got a mom and pop bakery near you, it’s worth checking in to see if they’ve got any deals in store. Some local businesses are offering doughnut giveaways or discounts.

At Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Road in Romeoville, customers who purchase a 10-ounce pour of Werk Force Brewing‘s collaboration with Ten Drops Coffee — Axis: Bold as Beer (brown ale with whole coffee beans) — will get a free doughnut from Joliet’s Home Cut Donuts while supplies last. The tapping is at 10 a.m.

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If you’re in Chicago on Friday, you can go back to National Doughnut Day’s roots by getting a sweet treat while helping the Salvation Army. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the organization said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Chicago’s gourmet donut shop, Glazed and Infused. Glazed and Infused will donate 50% of proceeds from purchases of the Salvation Army donut on June 2. Stop by one of their five downtown sites, or celebrate National Donut Day with your colleagues by scheduling a donut delivery to your office!”

If you’re in the suburbs, no need to worry: “We have also partnered with Clyde’s Donuts, which are sold at Jewel-Osco locations,” the Salvation Army said. “Our Salvation Army volunteers and staff will be throughout Chicago and the suburbs on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 collecting donations and handing out coupons for two free Clyde’s Donuts.”

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