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About The Kennison

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.

1800 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Burgers, Oyster Bar

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.

Cross Street:
Lincoln, Wells and Clark

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(312) 981-7070

Website:
http://thekennison.com/

Executive Chef:
Bill Walker

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

The Kennison Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (22)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
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Good for Groups (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
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Scenic View (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful cocktails

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Engagement brunch!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a blast and all the food was fantastic we were there for my wife’s birthday it was a very cold night but the wait staff made us feel very warm and accommodating!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I treated my goddaughter and her 17-year-old son to a very nice dinner on Jan. 6; we all enjoyed it very much. Our server, Bethany, was excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was really looking forward to brunch at the Kennison but then when we arrived they had a different menu than what they had online. They said that they were doing a special menu which was a play on McDonald's breakfast. Honestly, we all agreed that we'd rather have had real McDonald's breakfast, especially because this was probably 5 times the price and not even as good. On top of that, service was terrible. We waited 45 minutes for food and then 40 minutes for the check. We had to ask for the to top off our coffee or water and even after we asked we were ignored. Probably won't be going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have been wanting to check out the new concept at this location. Did not disappoint. Standout Pumpkin soup on a cold night. The only reason for not perfect in ambiance is there are a lot windows which makes for great seats but on an extremely cold evening, it got a little cold inside. Every dish was fantastic, staff was so attentive and outstanding. Enjoyed talking with Mging Partner Ryan See and we will be back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were urged to not get the burger and then all got something more expensive. Nobody was thrilled with their meals. I would go back for desert and cocktails because those all looked quite good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Perfect post Zoo Lights. Wait person was outstanding. Food really good but double check the mussels...Also be aware there are a lot of high top tables so ask if you prefer a low top table. Really fun to have so near the Zoo...will go back when we can sit outside!!

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I really enjoyed the space and the food (the black pasta with crab was amazing!). The menu was a little limited however. Would have appreciated a little more variety. Look forward to coming back for their oyster happy hour!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Will definitely be a frequent visitor to the Kennison

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Loved it!!! Zoo lights then an incredible new food prep. Awesome.
Service amazing. Food amazing Wonderful experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Jeff was a good waiter. We enjoyed the fresh oysters (get to their Happy Hours, M-Th) and our meals. 10% discount for guests of Hotel Lincoln.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent food and service in a wonderful location next to vibrant Lincoln Park.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wonderful food. Impeccable service! So cozy but sophisticated and hip at the same time. The host heard we were celebrating our birthdays and brought us each a glass of champagne! Such a great night. Recommending to everyone

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was good, disappointed that they only had zing zing as ingredient for Bloodys. Ordered oysters for a starter, but came after entree was served.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service is outstanding. We were at a table for two and there was a lot of noise by us. Manager came by and offered to move us. After we were moved to a quiet area, we were a bit cold, so he raised to temperature to make us more comfortable. We ordered the twofer menu. I loved the Faro salad and my fish was okay, but my partner loved his chicken. Overall, very nice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Every thing was great. Personal preference is a little too sweet in Brussels sprouts but we’re perfect for the sweet eater. Same with sauce for oysters. Prefer savory over sweet.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The waiter was friendly and enthusiastic. The soup was barely tepid and had to be sent back. The salads, especially the farro salad, were large and good. My salmon was overdone and despite a savory broth, pretty tasteless. The meatballs were good but the preciously presented chicken wasn’t particularly tasty. The waiter offered to give us a comped dessert to make up for the general lack but we had run out of time. The location is good for visiting the zoo, history museum and conservatory.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were seated 20 minutes before a waiter stopped by. Then they forgot to enter some of the dishes that were ordered.....which finally arrived after the dinner was complete. The General Manager was professional and kept apologizing but the mistakes kept happening. Very disappointed....Boca group is usually better

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was marginal at best. Even though there were less than 10 tables, the food took forever. I think we waited almost 30 -40 minutes. On the plus side, the waiter, food runner, water person, and busboy were very attentive, professional, and customer service friendly

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Server was sub par and so was the food. The fish and chips was rubbery. Burgers were descent but the waitress asked if we “want pink or no pink” for the burger temperature. She said it’s too thin to specify medium or medium rare or well. It was a thick burger maybe 1/3 lb so not sure why she said that. We also ordered a side of brussel sprouts that we needed to remind the waitress after our food arrived and she blamed the kitchen. She also blamed the bartender when someones drink never arrived.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our third time eating at The Kennison and keeps getting better! Have had the short ribs (no longer on the menu), white fish and most recently the chicken. All were terrific and the chicken was fabulous and different. The risotto and brussel sprouts are always outstanding. Make sure to visit the J Parker bar on the roof for drinks before or after your meal. View is the best and with the holiday lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo it is spectacular

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food and ambiance! I took my mom here for a birthday dinner and we had a great experience - friendly and attentive service, excellent food, and good drinks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Well designed and nice atmosphere, although not as inventive or focused on the cuisine as the prior restaurant that was here.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is a nice neighborhood place with a limited bit imaginative and delicious menu. Sort of a forties atmosphere very conducive to cocktails.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was top notch! Now that I've been there a couple times, they remember me & treat me like a VIP!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Organic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent breakfast! Try the biscuits.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Perennial Virant was a favorite brunch spot and I'm so glad the Kennison has not only measured up, but was also an upgrade. I have yet to come here for dinner, but if brunch was any indication of the food, I will definitely be back. I ordered the biscuits and gravy which were delicious, my friends ordered the ham and cheese biscuits and the french toast, both of which were extremely tasty as well. We started with the coffee cake which was a perfect sweet compliment to the savoriness of my meal. Jeffery was our server and he did a fantastic job with recommendations and attentiveness. In fact all of their staff was incredibly attentive. This is most certainly my new go to brunch spot and I can't wait to try them at dinner time!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love this local neighborhood boutique hotel that we get to capitalize on for great dining options!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great meal with a very attentive and friendly staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Three of us had a great meal here on a recent Saturday night. Service was very good. Waiter a little new on drinks and wines but wine guy stepped in seamlessly. Major mystery was why so many empty tables. Deserves much better support.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Such a beautiful space, perfect for Sunday brunch! And everything we ordered was delicious. Our service was outstanding, we even got complimentary champagne because we were celebrating a birthday. We will be back soon!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Much improved from our earlier visit. Attentive service, full flavored food, adequate portion size, conversation friendly.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Really disappointing particularly since it replaced a great restaurant (Perennial Virant)
Burrata was way overpriced and flavors did not work together- it had the poorest quality prosciutto I have ever tasted. Pastrami carrots were a good concept , but did not quite work and ultimately you are left with a dinner that is over 90% carrots. Pork collar was full of gristle and neither the Pork, the collard greens or polenta had much flavor. They have an understanding of food allergies but not particularly accommodating- leaving out ingredients without replacing them makes for mediocre dining. If you are staying at the hotel and it is cold and rainy, you can get something to eat , but I certainly would not make any effort to dine there again.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

They kept changing our servers. Brought food and never brought drink. Never brought silverware. Charged different prices for same drinks.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Lousy service. And they knew it. Food was very uneven. The duck was recommended. It was chewy and tasteless. Oh yeah. The service was lousy. Good took way too long to be served. No apologies.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Kitchen took forever for two burgers. My wife’s burger was mostly bun. A couple who came in way after us got their food sooner than we did. They ordered an appetizer too!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I loved this but my husband said his whitefish was fishy and dry and nearly inedible.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Dinner was great and they were very accommodating as we had 2 small children.

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