How did it get started?
We've always had a passion for donuts, but only recently did we realize just how many others do too. And when looking around, we didn't see anything that truly celebrated donuts in all their glory, hence the Underground Donut Tour was born. The Underground Donut Tour has been running for 4 years now and was started as a passion project by Jeff Woelker, Chicago donut fanatic. Jeff has worked in marketing for most of his career, but has always had a passion for donuts. The tour started with only Jeff as the tour guide, but now we have multiple guides in multiple cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Portland and Seattle.
What can I expect?
The Underground Donut Tour takes place over 2 hours. We'll visit 4 of the best donut stores in each city. At each location, you’ll be able to sample several sizes and flavors of donuts ranging from an entire donut, mini-donuts, or parts of a donut depending on the specialties of each location.
Who is it meant for?
Anyone who truly enjoys donuts. You should be in healthy enough condition to walk 2 miles through flat city streets.
Do you work with larger groups?
Yes! Our tours are typically between 15-20 people, however, we can accommodate larger groups if needed. Just contact us and we'll see what we can do. It's a unique way to spend your next team building or corporate event, bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding activity, school trip, or group tour. We have done the tour for groups up to 100, so feel free to give us a challenge.
Do you give private tours?
Yes! If you give us 48 hours notice, we can pull together a private tour just for you. Just let us know what you need and we’ll make it happen. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your private tour scheduled today.
Is there more than one version of the tour?
Yes - we have tours across multiple cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Portland and Seattle with more cities to come in the future.
Where do the tours start and end?
The tours typically start and end at different points within each city. Here are the starting and ending points for all of our tours, so you can plan accordingly:
Chicago Downtown Tour:
Everyday except Sunday: Starts at Dapper Doughnuts (131 N. Clinton) and ends at Stans Donuts (259 E. Erie).
Sunday: Do-Rite Donuts (50 W. Randolph) and ends at ends at Stans Donuts (259 E. Erie).
Chicago Wicker Park:
Starts at Intelligentsia Coffee (1609 W Division St) and ends at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate (1747 N Damen Ave).
Friday & Saturday: Starts at Federal Donuts (540 South Street) and ends at Beiler’s Doughnuts (51 N 12th St).
Sunday: Starts at Federal Donuts (540 South Street) and ends at Sweet Charlies (711 Walnut Street).
Starts at Doughnut Plant (220 W 23rd St) and ends at Doughnut Project (10 Morton St).
Friday & Saturday: Starts at Coco Donuts PSU (1808 SW Broadway) and ends at Voodoo Doughnuts (22 SW 3rd Ave).
Sunday: Sesame Donuts (1503 SW Park Ave) and ends at Voodoo Doughnuts (22 SW 3rd Ave).
Starts at Top Pot Doughnuts (2124 5th Ave) and ends at Daily Dozen Doughnuts (Pike Place Market).
When does the donut tour run?
Each city is unique so check availability to see when and what days we are currently running.
Are donuts included in the ticket cost?
Donuts are included in the cost of the tour. At each location, you'll be able to try a curated sample of that locations best donuts. You'll also have the option to purchase additional donuts if you wish.
Should I attend this tour if I have gluten / nut / wheat allergies?
Many locations offer gluten or nut free options, however, please make sure to let us know ahead of the tour, so we can make sure to highlight those specifically for you.
Is there any merchandise for sale on this tour?
Yes - we currently have t-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons and stickers for sale in our online store.
What if the weather isn't good?
We run the tour all year round, so we're used to running it in the heat of summer, the cold of winter and everything in between. The only time we won't run the tour is if the weather poses a danger to our guests. This includes thunderstorms/hail, extreme heat (greater than 90 degrees), extreme cold (less than 10 degrees) or at the tour operators discretion. We'll always keep an eye on the weather running up to the tour and if we need to cancel, we will notify you via email or phone call. We want to make sure you have the best time possible. If you ever have questions - just email us at email@example.com.
What if i don't have a good time?
We sincerely hope this never happens, but if it does, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it right. We promise!
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