LINCOLN PARK — Glazed and Infused might not be up and running in Lincoln Park yet, but that didn't stop the specialty doughnut shop from handing out 800 free pastries to commuters passing by its under-construction storefront Friday morning.
Laura Siegman, 25, waited outside the shop, 929 W. Armitage Ave., for a shipment of doughnuts to arrive at about 8:30 a.m.
"I should be at work, but I can be a little late," she said. "My boss said 'you better get me one.'"
Many people in line thought the business was open, but an employee donning a doughnut costume was just giving commuters a taste of what residents in four other neighborhoods - Little Italy, Streeterville, the West Loop and Wicker Park - have already experienced.
"I used to drive out to Wicker Park in my car on Saturdays," said 25-year-old Lincoln Park resident Alex Hansen, who was on his way to work. "These are the best."
General manager James Gray said the free giveaway gave his staff a chance to get used to cooking up the specialty doughnuts at Glazed and Infused's West Loop location, 813 W. Fulton Market, and shipping them to the Lincoln Park location, where there will not be a kitchen.
Gray, who also manages the business' three other locations, said he plans on having a "couple more" doughnut giveaways outside the Lincoln Park shop to prepare employees for working at what is expected to be Glazed and Infused's busiest location.
"Every day it's more and more and more," he said. "We are making changes to accommodate the enormous demand. We anticipate this will double our whole production."
Alicia Graf, 23, and Adam Hemmings, 23, were eager to try a full-sized doughnut after tasting a Glazed and Infused mini-doughnut while shopping earlier this week, but weren't sure the doughnut fad that swept through Chicago in 2012 will last.
"It's really good, but there's always something new," Graf said.