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River North sweets spree

Doughnuts, froyo, cupcakes and more sweet treats to fuel your sugar buzz

August 1, 2013

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Ready for a sugar rush of champions? This stroll will net you a satisfying sampling of River North's sweet treats, from froyo to doughnuts to cupcakes.

Start your stroll on a somewhat virtuous note with a cup of frozen yogurt at Pinkberry (635 N. State St. 312-475-0641).

Then head to M Burger (5 W. Ontario St. 312-428-3548), where you can bypass the namesake sandwich in favor of a root beer float, chocolate-dipped soft-serve cone or milkshake. (P.S. There's also another location in Streeterville at 161 E. Huron St.)

Savor your treat of choice on the walk over to The Doughnut Vault (401 ½ N. Franklin St.), a closet-sized shop that bakes small batches of gourmet doughnuts daily and closes up shop when they sell out.

For your daily dose of icing, Crumbs (346 N. Clark St. 312-755-0701) specializes in massive cupcakes in fun flavors such as cookie dough and cannoli.

To make it a doughnut double header, hit up Firecakes (68 W. Hubbard St. 312-329-6500) for an apple fritter or chocolate-hazelnut long john.

Just a short stroll north, the bakery counter at Beatrix (519 N. Clark St. 312-284-1377) tempts with honey-butter cinnamon rolls and butterscotch sticky buns.

At West Town Bakery (15 E. Ohio St. 312-894-0935), take your choice of fruity freeze pops, desserty coffee drinks such as a banana split mocha or doughssants, chef Chris Teixeira's take on the croissant-doughnut mashup that is the cronut.

Finally, toast your sugary adventure with a flute of sparkling wine at bubbly bar Pops for Champagne (601 N. State St. 312-266-7677).