The Kennison

4.4
559 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We welcome you back and thank you for your continued support! To ensure the safety of all of our guests and staff, we do require all guests to wear face masks while not seated at their table. Staff will be wearing masks and sanitizing throughout your entire dining experience.

Our menu can best be described as innovative plays on familiar dishes. The Kennison is committed to creating ingredient driven, approachable menu items. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, The Kennison is a wonderful option for guests to enjoy outstanding cuisine and great company.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

FYI the bar and the food service shuts down at 9 PM regardless of whether or not you are completing your meal.we had a 730 reservation and were told it was last call at 8:58 and we had to order dessert then if we wanted to get anything. Promptly we were basically rushed and kicked out. There was no warning given upon arrival or any notice so we could have spaced out our evenings orders. A poor example of how or operate with paying customers willing to order more food/drink.

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vipLindaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have dined several times at Kennison. The staff is always helpful, and friendly. The service is excellent and the food is consistently good. Very welcoming to kids.

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LaurenL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Service was so slow. It took them 15 minutes to come to the table, 15 minutes to bring drinks, another 30 minutes to order food, etc. the food was almost not edible. We got an appetizer of crispy potatoes. It was served with no sauces, no silverware, etc. We had to ask the bar for all of these. I had the Nashville chicken sandwich and it was awful. My husband also had it and each of us took one bite and left the rest on the plate. It had a strange taste and texture to it. One of dining companions had the gnocchi and also could not / would not eat it. It looked like mush - oatmeal type consistency. the other two people in our group had the burger and said it was fine / edible but not good. We didn't have time to send the food back as we were late for our zoo lights entry time. Wasted time and money and left hungry. We will not be back.

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vipShannonM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the brunch was delicious! Will absolutely be back!

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vipUksuz
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Enjoyed the food - we had the fish & chips & pumpkin risotto. 3 stars because we had to wait over an hour before our food came. Apparently the kitchen was "backed up" but it would have been nice if our server was more attentive and maybe even offered us some bread while we were waiting, or more drinks.

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Cath
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Very average food for the price. My $28 grilled fish tasted like some cheap frozen fish.

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PeterM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just average

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Ekr73
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for breakfast with friends! Across the street from the Lincoln Park farmers market so you can head there before or after.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place with good food, great service and right off the Park.

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vipSusanM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants!

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Brittany
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly fast service and great food! Family friendly.

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vipPaulC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our first time here, but it looks like it has suffered with Covid- short staffed, out of items on the menu and wine list. Staff is poorly trained, 15-20 mins to even meet our server, ( same thing happen w/ table next us) disappeared twice when looking for our wine bottle, only came back to check on us at end of meal. Food was very good in general, pork shank was delicious, cauliflower was good, steak frites an ok example of the dish. Seats are all worn, cool vibe of a building… felt like we were a few years too late to experience what they were originally aiming for.

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CarolineV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Like many restaurants they were very short staffed so service was slow but they bought us a round of drinks and the food was excellent.

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LisaL
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for Saturday brunch. The food was nothing spectacular but it was reasonably priced. The overall vibe was really cute and location was great!

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vipsusanc
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennison was a perfect spot after we visited the Green City Market. the $5 bloody mary's really hit the spot and we like the french toast too.

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vipLizaK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I feel really bad bc the place has definitely been hurting with their staff due to Covid. The menu is now much smaller but it is still a favorite spot of ours. We were not waited on for awhile which caused some confusion.

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MeredithM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always delivers! Quality brunch, they don't do too much and the food is always made just right!

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BlairK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was subpar and below expectations. Not going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the restaurant has a great ambiance with a cool aesthetic, our server was great along with our food and drinks!

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DeborahR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful and the food delicious!!!!

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vipBryanP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good breakfast!

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was wonderful

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vipMorgan
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent. They were short staffed at the bar and on the floor for a Friday night. Our server was polite and doing the best she could. It is a great spot. The dining room needs a refresh to replace some areas that are worn out. It is a favorite for us in the neighborhood!

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vipSamT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great and extremely accommodating, dining room definitely showing signs of wear.

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vipSarah
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service team was speedy and the food was great

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vipeddyjjr
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions are too small The food was so good !

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MyOp
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We chose to have dinner at the Kennison on a night that the temps outside had dropped significantly as Fall had officially started. No one was sitting outdoors anymore, and people on the street were in heavy Fall jackets and sweatshirts. The dining room is most often empty and we were seated by the window. The air conditioning was blasting and we were chilled to the bone, very uncomfortable, and asked that it be turned off over our table. The young staff finally figured out how to do that, but after a short time, the fan was blasting cold air again, as we sat in jackets. One entree was outstanding - the swordfish - a perfectly seasoned generously thick cut with a great blend of corn, kale and bacon alongside. The burger, in a City that has elevated burgers to an art, was skimpy and just mediocre.

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Robyn
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch. We arrived just before 10, and even though they weren’t ready to serve us, they let us take a seat and were just very nice and accommodating. Our food was delicious. The outdoor patio is lovely.

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vipMorgan
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fish fry is one of the best in Chicago! Highly recommended.

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ErinA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for a girls night or a date. Drinks are great!

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vipmay25
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The omlet, complete with potatoes was outstanding! Also loved the French toast. Recommend their brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Excellent food. Excellent drinks. Service is awesome - very nice people! We go here at least once/month.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not many people inside at 10am. I had the pulled pork hash and it was delicious. The bloody Mary’s are fantastic! And my mom says it’s “the best quiche in town”. Always good and I love the decor.

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vipPsheel
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Cecilia was fantastic!

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MichaelS
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Menus is not extensive, atmosphere is great, close to Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. Our server, Randy was great. Overall nice evening. My fish and chips was not as crispy as I like. Very large portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, however the food was very subpar and bland, especially for the price. The drinks were fantastic. We wouldn’t recommend the food but we would for the cocktails. Overall 5.5/10, come here for drinks but choose another place for dinner.

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foodswings
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Kennison for a couple years now and we really enjoy not just the food and the cocktails but also the staff. They go out of their way to make us feel welcome.

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vipMarkK
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!! Food is great, service is fantastic and great environment. The patio is a great spot to people watch. Highly recommend!!

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AveryF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was incredibly nice and they made us feel so confident regarding my partner’s lactose intolerance.

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ChicagoHospitality
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, welcoming indoor space, service, location, and food always great for entertaining people visiting us in Chicago

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You can order delivery directly from The Kennison using the Order Online button. The Kennison also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 981-7070.

The Kennison is rated 4.4 stars by 559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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