The Kennison

4.6
472 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
*Starting Thursday, February 11th, we are open for indoor dining per the new City of Chicago guidelines.
All reservations made online are for indoor tables with capacity restrictions and following social distance guidelines.
Tables larger than 6 guests are not permitted under the city's new indoor dining guidelines. Please directly call the restaurant at 312-981-7070 to inquire about splitting your larger group into multiple tables.
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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Safety precautions

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
What 472 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.5
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaF
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, convenient location, good food and drinks!!!

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Betsy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good burgers and pork shank. Good choice of craft beers.,fun place would go again. Great location!!

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JosephK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork shank is a must!

JK
JasonK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It seemed like they were short staffed, food came out late, and it was overcooked when it arrived.

JT
vipJulieT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our party of 4 was able to sit outside on the terrace on a lovely spring evening, so the ambience was wonderful (though traffic up Lincoln Ave was pretty noisy). The waitstaff was accommodating and friendly, even bringing a bowl of water for our little pooch. Two of our party had burgers - and reported they were delicious. My fish and chips was pretty good, and the pasta with mushroom ragu was also excellent. Try the cocktails - inventive, colorful, and very tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started off with the Roasted Brussels Sprouts which were severed with a nice presentation. For entrees Laura had the Market Salad and I had the Poached Halibut. The Halibut was superb with a beautiful presentation.

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Karl
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The burger was unbelievable. What is that sauce!!?? Must try.

MB
vipMollyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Always is

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the Harrisa Lamb meatballs in a sukkah yogurt sauce which was heavenly. For entrees Laura had the Market Salad, and I had the Poached Halibut which had a nice presentation in a coconut lemongrass broth.

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SomeGuy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

For the fish and chips, the fish recipe appears to have been changed and not as good anymore.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. This has always been and always will be one of my favorites in the neighborhood.

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richr
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennison is our neighborhood, go to restaurant. Great for brunch, dinner or Happy Hour. Very nice staff....friendly, attentive and informed.

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MaryannB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Servers were very attentive. Food was very good and hot.

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Hunter
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Upon arriving the staff was slow to seat every party and completely ignored my party and our presence. They were rude and unhelpful until we were finally seated. Once at our table, our waitstaff was excellent and the food was delicious.

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PorscheH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We set a 9:30 reservation and was not told they closed at 10pm. We sat down and ordered our drinks and then our food shortly afterwards. As we wait for our food, we ask to order another drink but apparently, last call was over already unbeknownst to us. Overall, the food was mediocre, drinks were pretty decent, and service was okay. Going forward I think they should make their guests aware of last call and when he kitchen is closing; or stop taking reservations 30 mins before closing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was awful and service was very slow.

JN
vipJoannaN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great burger!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an appetizer we had the Harrisa Lamb Meatballs which were heavenly. For entrees Laura had the poached halibut with broccoli and I had the braised pork shank. Both were excellent.

PK
vipPeterK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very enjoyable food and super responsible social distancing of the tables. Really went above and beyond to keep the diners safe in the space.

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Phyllis
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Diners were spaced far apart so I felt comfortable. Staff was very accommodating.

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ScottS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my brunch, Asian fusion inspiration. $ 5 bloody magic . We will be back again!

JJ
JaJen
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server Cecelia was a delight!

JB
vipJaneB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were good. Look forward to a more varied menu post pandemic!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off with a tasty market salad. For entrees Laura had the poached halibut which was cooked to perfection with a nice presentation. I had the steak frites. The steak was cooked medium rare and delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off our meal with Brussels Sprouts which were tasty. For dinner Laura had a hamburger which she enjoyed, and I had the poached halibut which was cooked to perfection with a nice presentation.

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vipHappy
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent hamburger and chicken sandwich. Server was friendly and helpful

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, just bring extra layers!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the burger was tasty

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GwenP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice night out. Great service. Cozy with space heater inside with window/doors open. Dressed warm but didn’t need coat on. Thank you for great night out!!!

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vipBelindaS87
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience1

We went on NYE and were really looking forward to it! When we got there, we got placed by an open window. It was cold and difficult to enjoy our cocktails. While the service was great, it was probably better off to not go. It’s hard to enjoy drinks when it’s freezing outside. The blanket we got helped but I think the owner should have just closed the place. Overall cocktails were good, we didn’t eat anything.

The Kennison
Responded on January 5, 2021

I respectfully disagree with everything in your review except for the 'cocktails were good' comment. First off, you were notified twice that you would be seated by an open window. Once with a phone call the day prior, and once when you booked on OT. As for telling us to 'just close the place' - I have only one answer. We've been HEMORRHAGING MONEY for 10 months so we're just trying to survive, which involves offering pick-up & to-go items, and seating guests within 8 feet of an open window.

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vipGrace
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks, food and service was awesome! We will be going back soon.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off with the market salad which was quite tasty. Laura had the poached halibut which was cooked to perfection with a nice presentation. I had the Berkshire pork chop which was excellent.

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vipChristopherC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy Hour deal and friendliest staff in Chicago. Love this place. Please support this local business!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This restaurant looked really promising on Open Table, and being apart of the Lincoln hotel we had high hopes. Unfortunately, the entire experience was rather disappointing and all the reviews were misleading. The food was cold and subpar, and half the menu online was no longer available. Our cocktails were not great, not sure if they have a bar tender working. Its really hard to say but the whole experience was over priced for what we got. I hope they can hang on during these hard times, but right now their looks are very deceiving and I rather of gone somewhere else.

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vipMaddieS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants!

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John
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything eas delightful. Cannot wait to go back.

RG
vipRosieG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was gracious and helpful!

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DianaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Covid protocol was A+ and the manager (Kristen?) even called me to make sure I was comfortable. Service, ambiance and food was great. Request: more lean proteins as mains (all 3 women ordered the trout and it was ok).

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Day after Sweetest Day! Perfect brunch Spot! They run out of Cinnamon Rolls Quick! Overall.. pretty good!

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JordynH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Ordered a salad with garden veggies and there might have been 2 “veggies” and at least half of them the server mentioned were not present. For $11, it was such a rip off.

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.

The Kennison does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/the-kennison-chicago/.

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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