The Kennison

4.6
438 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
*Starting Friday October 30th, we are open for dining per the new City of Chicago guidelines.
All reservations made online are for indoor tables next to an open window wall. Patio seating is also available and first come first serve. While we are making every effort to keep the space as warm as possible, please dress accordingly!
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
What 438 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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!

DB
DianaB
San Francisco
3 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable anniversary celebration. Great service. Grilled octopus appetizer was excellent. Steak Frites and Ruby Red Trout were great as well. Enjoyed happy hour prices for our beverages. Social distancing and masks in use.

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friend
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Service had just opened for Sunday brunch, so I completely get it, but it did seem a bit chaotic and took longer to get a coffee than it should have! But everyone was friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started off with the Mediterranean meatballs which were unusual and delicious. For dinner Laura had the chicken which was moist and excellent. I had the Lake Trout which was cooked to perfection.

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vipRudit
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done, nice location, service team and food quality.

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vipDiningirl
Chicago
298 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love this place . It is perfectly located across from the green city market . Our waiter couldn’t have been more fun and attentive , the food was fresh and appealing & the drinks were a price performer . This time we started with Apple cider mimosas , what a great fall beverage addition !! We also had the breakfast your way and the pork hash . Definitely will be back .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the area and how it’s in the cozy corner of the city. Plan on coming more often cause it’s just the perfect bar to relax and enjoy good drinks and food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lake Trout was a good addition.

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BigB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was lo key and relaxed atmosphere
Waitstaff was kind and attentive

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Just seemed subpar service. We were truly looking forward to gping

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Just arrived from a day of driving... great option right in our hotel! Sat outside on a beautiful night and staff made our experience Covid safe. Would like a little more variety on menu but everything was tasty.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters are back, so we started off with oysters. For dinner Laura had a large market salad. I had the fish and chips.

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PeterW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Menu is very limited, but inexpensive and good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the octopus appetizer which was excellent. For dinner I had the walleye which was cooked to perfection.

CC
ChristopherC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy Hour and the best kept secret in Chicago. Very friendly staff and a fantastic Burger too!

CG
ChayaG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The large caesar salad I had was excellent but it wasn't large size in my experience with comparable establishments.

The service was good.

Ambiance was pleasant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Breakfast! Outside Dining made it even better!

MK
vipMarkK
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always outstanding. Food is fantastic and the staff is spot on every single time!! I think they must update their menu with some frequency because I'm always finding something new to try out. The patio is delightful in the summer time and the windows are wide open so even indoor seating is super comfortable. Highly recommend. Fantastic neighborhood spot!!

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vipDMcG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Great food but very poor service. We ordered the Pork Belly Bao and Burgers which were both outstanding. The service, however, was very lacking. Our waiter was very disinterested in serving our table of two and we needed to wave him over every time we needed water, drinks, or to order food. Looking around the restaurant it seemed a few other tables were in the same position. They were also out of stock on a few items which is not a huge issue but with such a small menu it makes things difficult. If we go back it would be for take out.

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LeslieA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The staff and service were good. The food was mediocre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started of with the octopus appetizer which very tasty. For dinner Laura had the market salad and grilled squash. I had the grilled walleye which was cooked to perfection.

MS
vipMaddieS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live next door the The Kennison! They’re the best. Ever changing their menu or editing recipes for the better. They have very clean standards, friendly service, and a wonderful atmosphere. Also great happy hour deals!

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AbbyS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, good service, great food, cool location

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vipLombo
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Post wedding brunch. Solid brunch option in the park area. Menu is limited but the staples are included.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the octopus appetizer which was exceptional. I had the walleye which was cooked to perfection. Laura had the Farm salad and grilled squash which she truly loved.

AK
vipAmmarK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatly curated craft cocktails menu and great recommendations from knowledgeable servers. Dinner was delicious and food was cooked exactly as we had ordered and the 3 people in our party all had great reviews of all food and drinks. We didn't get a chance dessert but next time we are in. LOVE THIS PLACE and their throwback mid-century modern vibe, dimly lit afterglow and I cant say enough about the staff....

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PierreW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall enjoyed the experience. Excellent service and great food. Wish we would have been able to see the rooftop.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour special!

SJ
StephanieJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great! You can’t beat $5 mimosas and bloody Mary’s plus the food was wonderful and service was quick and attentive!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable meal with an exceptional octopus appetizer. For dinner walleye pike and hamburger.

JW
JenniferW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son turned 21 few weeks ago and we wanted strong drinks good food and tall tales!
Loved! Meeting Dan and hearing all about the history behind the design and name of Kennisons. I asked lots of questions. Was also treated so nicely but the entire staff. Best steak frittes around and loved the help getting. Table upstairs. A perfect evening!

MR
vipMaggieR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great wait staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was super kind

NC
NoahC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good for brunch, even with the limited menu, very fast service

FAQs

The Kennison does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 438 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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