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About The Kennison

An exciting new concept from Boka Restaurant Group and 90/94 Restaurant Group. The menu features approachable American fare from Executive Chef Bill Walker including small and large plates, and a well appointed raw bar section. The Kennison serves dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. The space includes a generous outdoor patio overlooking Lincoln Park.

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

Cuisines:
American, 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

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 Party Facilities:
The Kennison is a collaborative effort between Boka Restaurant Group and acclaimed Chef Paul Virant. Private Dining at The Kennison allows you to enjoy a sophisticated and approachable menu, tailored for your event, utilizing the most seasonal ingredients available.

Private Party Contact:
Taylor Crowley: (888) 583-0569

The Kennison Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Casual (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
People Watching (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Romantic (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Scenic View (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Authentic (5)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 24, 2017

I took a last minute reservation and arrived to find that the kitchen was getting ready to close. The staff both in front of the house and in the kitchen very graciously agreed to prepare a few dishes that I could take home and made an excellent wine recommendation while I waited for the food. I read a review that portions are small and I would say they are more appropriately sized and pack lots of flavor. I had the risotto, meatballs, gem salad, and chicken and was pleased. My husband and I shared these for dinner and there was enough for lunch the next day. I will definitely go back - especially to try their house old fashioned (root beer and sassafras?!). They have a good outdoor area and hopefully will work on a brunch menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Over all good service. Cocktails are interesting and tasty. The food was fairly expensive for what you get. Portions are smaller and not great for sharing

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We were greeted so warmly at the door, our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was fantastic and appropriately portioned. Try the steak tartar and ahi crudo. The ambience is upscale yet laid back. This is a great addition to the neighborhood!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

We went as a group of 6 and got a high top table in the bar. We ordered every starter , , a few of the salads, burger and a few specialty drinks. Something to note on the drinks is they are pre batched and server wouldn't let us order variations. While we liked some things more than others everything was good and would definitely suggest for the start of a girls night out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Good service at the bar. Food and drinks tasted great, but, and a big but, serving sizes for food left me searching elsewhere for a 2nd dinner 3 hours later. Also, drinks tasted great but short pours on the martinis had me drinking beer. Likely not going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Awful. Looks like a cafeteria, limited menu with quirky-food. We ordered appetizers which were tasteless and unappetizing. The crab fritters were green. We live in the neighborhood, but will not return. Hopefully, this will not last . We need great neighborhood place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

good food - very nice service -- menu needs some work

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I had a wonderful date night with my husband at THe Kennison. The menu was fantastic and the kitchen was able to accommodate our dietary restrictions. I definitely recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I'll start by saying that the food was definitely above average. Oysters and crudo were delicious, as was the pasta. Cauliflower and burger were average. Service was good, although restaurant was pretty empty for having just opened. When we sat down, we ordered a bottle of sparkling rose. I felt taken advantage of when our bill arrived. We were charged 128.00 for our bottle of sparkling rose, the most expensive bottle of champagne on the menu. I suppose I should have been more specific and ordered a cava, but I assumed requesting "sparkling" would have made it clear. Living in the area, I was excited about the dining opportunity, however, I'm unsure if I will give it another try.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I was very disappointed with the food. The place is nice and service is good but the food was not good at all. I tried 4 appetizers and 3 main courses and none was good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The remodel is very nice and it is very bright and open. Drinks and food were good, However, the menu is very limited and nothing really stood out to me. I though the point of the remodel and re-branding was to attract a crowd that the Perennial Virant did not. From what I remember, the menu seemed very similar to the Perennial's with both the pricing and food options. Bottom line, this is a place that I would go do for drinks and appraisers.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everything we tried was excellent! Can't wait to come back and try more seasonal dishes. The beef tartar and the chicken are must try's! Only area of improvement is service - the restaurant is very new so the servers seem to still be getting used to the crowd. Highly recommended! Check out the rooftop for after dinner drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We had a great night Saturday night! The food was excellent and the service was top notch! I will definitely be going back to the Kennison!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I really enjoyed my dinner at the Kennison. I had the Maryanne's Nemesis to drink which was excellent and the tuna tartare, beet salad, and the bass entrée. All were very good! What really stands out here, however, is the service and the attentiveness of the staff. Everyone was on their game. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Organic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Had a great first visit to the Kennison and will definitely be coming back. Food was the highlight and the creative whiskey cocktails were fun and enjoyable also

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The revamp of this space was fantastic. The decor is very improved and it provides a great ambience. My only negative about the new restaurant is the menu is the same as Perennial Virant had. Main meats, small plates, high prices. I thought the goal was to revamp the food and make the restaurant more approachable and casual. I didn't find this the case.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

It was very very good. A bit overpriced for the selection, which was limited but creative.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Delicious food

Friendly atmosphere

Will definitely return

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food with very attentive service. Will definitely come back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great menu. Small plates to share. Service very attentive. Excellent cocktails Will return to try more plates.

A little loud but vibrant and energetic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Overall a very nice dinner! Our waiter was friendly, food was great. Able to sit outside on a perfect evening. What more can you want? Ahi tuna app was delicious. Tried both pasta dishes, gnocchi was my favorite. I will be going back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Overall, we had a good experience but there was definitely some hiccups that makes a return visit unlikely. The drinks were phenomenal (Sting like a Bee), but the food had room for improvement. The waiter raved about the rabbit gnocchi, however once it arrived it was was very very salty (that's coming from a person who over-salts everything). The fritters were also recommend and they arrived very over-fried. We attended on opening night so I'm thinking they may still have had some kinks to work out.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Absolutely amazing everything. Service was impeccable. Food was out of this world-- Best Oysters and Gnocchi we had ever had. Must try.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The renovations and menu overhaul as part of the transition from Perennial Virant were well worth it. The new digs are more open and have a classy casual vibe. The new menu has lots of great choices. Great wine list. Fun cocktails. A much needed addition to the neighborhood - finally someplace to grab a drink or bite to eat and not be surrounded by bros.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Wonderful experience! Oysters were delicious, beignets were delicious salmon was the best I've had and the craft cocktails were tasty -sting like a bee is what I had. We will be returning.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent food. Terrific service. Great location.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This will soon be a difficult reservation. We visited on a preview night and every course was delicious. We had oysters followed a salad and the sea bass which was excellent. The service also was friendly and attentive. The ambiance is modern without being too austere. I little cold if you have to sit by a window under an air conditioning vent. While the space is cool the food is too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The space has great ambiance. It was sleek, modern, and yet very welcoming. The menus is approachable but also a little adventurous, and certainly unique. I had the blue crab beignets and the gnocchi with rabbit, rhubarb, and lavender honey. Both were delicious, and the gnocchi is my favorite dish in Chicago. I will definitely be back. My friend and I had two cocktails each, trying different ones each time and all four were on the mark. I'll definitely be back to this neighborhood gem! It's great for a nice dinner out with friends, or just some cocktails at the bar or on the patio.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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