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The Kennison

4.5
178 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Burgers, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday | 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch
Saturday - Sunday | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Bar service available between brunch and dinner on the weekends.
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Phone number
(312) 981-7070
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rob Shaner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln, Wells and Clark
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To host your upcoming event at the Kennison, visit bokagroupevents.com.

Private Dining

Chef Bill Walker is committed to creating ingredient driven dishes that revolve around both seasonality and sustainability. Located alongside Lincoln Park itself, our space sits next to the buzz of the neighborhood, offering a bright and funky spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy great food a

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What 178 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went there for brunch. The biscuits were delicious as was the rest of the food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved our waiter, Ben!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Interesting menu but the food was basically only just okay.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Agnolotti pasta dish was mush. Over cooked pasta with pea purée inside. Other dishes generally very good. Average service because one of our sides can out at the very end of the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Food was excellent and they provided complimentary champagne for my special occasion. Service was top notch and the waiter was attentive. The atmosphere was very relaxing creating a great overall experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Just a little slow but manageable

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A great ambience, good service, and fabulous food!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a quick brunch on Easter here. The food was great. I had the biscuits and gravy and my sister hand the chilaquiles. We both loved ours! My mom wished her quiche had a little more cheese. The service was really, really fast. Like our reservation was at 11:45 and we had our meals before 12:10 fast. Our server was super quick and kind. I recommend it and I'll be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everyone was so accommodating! I was here for a birthday brunch for my brother, our family and his friends. Our servers, the bartender, everyone was incredibly nice. The food was delicious and there was something for everyone. It was great!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great service, delicious food and a beautifully designed space.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

While it wasn't busy during a Sunday brunch, the staff seemed very stretched and unable to keep up with his tables. Simple things like water and new drinks took longer than normal and the waiter was unable to communicate about menu items.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Brunch with friends

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The Kennison was fantastic. We were celebrating two birthdays and they not only gave us a round of champagne to celebrate, but also a dessert! The service, food and ambiance were all amazing. Highly recommended@

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had a wonderful experience! Everyone was so friendly from the minute we walked in the door we were treated as family! I made a reservation on line which was very easy and we were recognized immediately for my husband's birthday and my affiliation with the Boka group (who owns the Kennison). Our server, Jeff was amazing! I loved his service style which was professional yet casual. He offered great suggestions with out being pushy, had great knowledge of the menu and was considerate of timing things out so we could relax. The server assistants were very thorough and timely with their duties and it seems to be a great team effort to make sure each guest was taken care of with gratefulness. Tom and Brian the managers stopped my several times to check in and find out more about us. We felt like family and treated as such with complimentary bubbles for my husband's birthday and dessert just to name a few. The food was deliscious and unique and the presentation was beautiful! We had a wonderful time and will be sure to visit again!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This has become my go-to brunch spot in the neighborhood. The menu changes regularly to keep with the seasons, the space is warm, inviting, & hip, and the coffee keeps coming! Great food, great service!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We dined at The Kennison for a Bachelorette Party (14 ladies). The restaurant was quiet enough that we could all converse (not always the case in Chicago). Relaxed environment. Great food. Our waiter Jeff was outstanding. We also enjoyed a lovely brunch the next morning. Reservation recommended.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was excellent but the service was mediocre. We sta down and no waiter appeared for almost 15 minutes. And that continued for the rest of the meal. The management gave us free dessert to compensate for he poor service which was appreciated.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We dined at Kennison on a Friday evening. Our table was ready when we arrived. The food was very good. We enjoyed the experience and will likely be back.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Server was extremely slow and chatted more with other waiters than they attended the table. Food was decent.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Horrible, slow service. Ordered appetizers and a main dish, took over 45 minutes between courses for food

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Love this spot. Always reliable for a great brunch. Coffee & conversation with awesome food.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great food. In the Lincoln Hotel. Great bar ambience and special cocktails.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I went with a few friends and we all thought the food and service were great.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I love the food, service and ambiance of The Kennison! I highly recommend it!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Newer restaurant in the neighborhood. We thought we would give it a try. The food and service were good. A very limited menu. The food was just warm (steak with mashed potatoes and salmon with lentils) when arriving at the table and was cool by the time we finished eating. The desserts were the best part of the evening. They do have a nice wine list. The noise level is unreal. We had dinner reservations at 6:15. As the place filled my husband and I could no longer have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The service was excellent, food was delicious, and it was priced well. There is a good wine list. The space is modern and clean. Overall a great experience. I highly recommend for a special occasion or a date or a friends’ get together!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Found Kennison on Open Table and it was a great find. We sat at the bar and happened to arrive during happy hour. Great beer and oyster deals! I had an amazing burger for dinner - the pickles are made in house and are outstanding - and my husband had a great pasta dish. Staff is knowledgeable and so friendly. Would recommend it for sure!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Amazing! We got engaged! Perfect night!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Love the decor & vibe of this restaurant. I had to order my omelet prepared a special way & they happily accommodated me & it was delicious!!! Spicy bloody Mary’s were a great brunch sipper & the service was wonderful. Highly recommend this hot spot!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day menu was a let down.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

My kids and I had a wonderful meal at The Kennison. It’s a beautiful place but really relaxed. Our meals were all amazing. My son thought the pasta was a bit spicy for him so the waiter brought him a burger without question. Everyone is beyond accommodating and the food exceeds our expectations every time!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Our experience at the Kennison was great! We'd only dined outdoors during last summer, but the new look inside was wonderful. Service was very good, solicitous, but not overbearing. Very interesting menu selections, with something for everyone. We had a great salad , the pork ragu with pappardelle, and it was excellent! Definitely will be a place to go back to.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

we are looking for the restaurant week. Three courses’ price is super value!The dishes are filling and good tasty!It’s a really nice experience!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Typical hotel restaurant experience. Nothing that will knock your socks off.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Kennison is my new favorite. We went the weekend before and loved it so much, we went back during restaurant week. Each course was wonderful and the staff was so attentive. They gave great recommendations and everything was spot on. We will definitely be going back again!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Agreeable on all fronts.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

I loved this place! The food was so great. We all loved our meals!! I had a bagel and lox (which I’ve ordered at other restaurants many times before) and this was seriously the best I’ve ever had. The lox had dill on them which was great. Our waiter was super nice. This restaurant is also right across from the zoo!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The staff is wonderful and very attentive. This will be my new regular brunch spot.

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