The Kennison

4.5
547 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are open for indoor dining per the City of Chicago guidelines.
All reservations made online are for indoor tables with capacity restrictions and following social distance guidelines.

Patio is first come, first serve. We do not take reservations for the patio.

Tables larger than 10 guests are not permitted under the city's indoor dining guidelines. Please directly call the restaurant at 312-981-7070 to inquire about splitting a 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 547 people are saying
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PaulC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our first time here, but it looks like it has suffered with Covid- short staffed, out of items on the menu and wine list. Staff is poorly trained, 15-20 mins to even meet our server, ( same thing happen w/ table next us) disappeared twice when looking for our wine bottle, only came back to check on us at end of meal. Food was very good in general, pork shank was delicious, cauliflower was good, steak frites an ok example of the dish. Seats are all worn, cool vibe of a building… felt like we were a few years too late to experience what they were originally aiming for.

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LisaL
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for Saturday brunch. The food was nothing spectacular but it was reasonably priced. The overall vibe was really cute and location was great!

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vipsusanc
Key West
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennison was a perfect spot after we visited the Green City Market. the $5 bloody mary's really hit the spot and we like the french toast too.

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vipLizaK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I feel really bad bc the place has definitely been hurting with their staff due to Covid. The menu is now much smaller but it is still a favorite spot of ours. We were not waited on for awhile which caused some confusion.

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MeredithM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always delivers! Quality brunch, they don't do too much and the food is always made just right!

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BlairK
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was subpar and below expectations. Not going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the restaurant has a great ambiance with a cool aesthetic, our server was great along with our food and drinks!

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DeborahR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful and the food delicious!!!!

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vipBryanP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good breakfast!

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was wonderful

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vipMorgan
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent. They were short staffed at the bar and on the floor for a Friday night. Our server was polite and doing the best she could. It is a great spot. The dining room needs a refresh to replace some areas that are worn out. It is a favorite for us in the neighborhood!

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vipSamT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great and extremely accommodating, dining room definitely showing signs of wear.

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vipSarah
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service team was speedy and the food was great

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vipeddyjjr
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions are too small The food was so good !

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MyOp
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We chose to have dinner at the Kennison on a night that the temps outside had dropped significantly as Fall had officially started. No one was sitting outdoors anymore, and people on the street were in heavy Fall jackets and sweatshirts. The dining room is most often empty and we were seated by the window. The air conditioning was blasting and we were chilled to the bone, very uncomfortable, and asked that it be turned off over our table. The young staff finally figured out how to do that, but after a short time, the fan was blasting cold air again, as we sat in jackets. One entree was outstanding - the swordfish - a perfectly seasoned generously thick cut with a great blend of corn, kale and bacon alongside. The burger, in a City that has elevated burgers to an art, was skimpy and just mediocre.

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Robyn
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch. We arrived just before 10, and even though they weren’t ready to serve us, they let us take a seat and were just very nice and accommodating. Our food was delicious. The outdoor patio is lovely.

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vipMorgan
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fish fry is one of the best in Chicago! Highly recommended.

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ErinA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for a girls night or a date. Drinks are great!

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vipmay25
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The omlet, complete with potatoes was outstanding! Also loved the French toast. Recommend their brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Excellent food. Excellent drinks. Service is awesome - very nice people! We go here at least once/month.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not many people inside at 10am. I had the pulled pork hash and it was delicious. The bloody Mary’s are fantastic! And my mom says it’s “the best quiche in town”. Always good and I love the decor.

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vipPsheel
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Cecilia was fantastic!

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MichaelS
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Menus is not extensive, atmosphere is great, close to Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. Our server, Randy was great. Overall nice evening. My fish and chips was not as crispy as I like. Very large portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, however the food was very subpar and bland, especially for the price. The drinks were fantastic. We wouldn’t recommend the food but we would for the cocktails. Overall 5.5/10, come here for drinks but choose another place for dinner.

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foodswings
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Kennison for a couple years now and we really enjoy not just the food and the cocktails but also the staff. They go out of their way to make us feel welcome.

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vipMarkK
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!! Food is great, service is fantastic and great environment. The patio is a great spot to people watch. Highly recommend!!

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AveryF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was incredibly nice and they made us feel so confident regarding my partner’s lactose intolerance.

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ChicagoHospitality
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, welcoming indoor space, service, location, and food always great for entertaining people visiting us in Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Brunch menu is simple but hits the spot. $5 Bloody Mary and mimosa is a great deal. Service was a bit lacking but fine overall

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CorissaK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & atmosphere!

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vipLoriT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice outdoor seating section. Cocktails were good and strong as advertised. We ordered sandwiches. Fries were excellent, but my burger was overcooked and tasteless, and my husbands' chicken sandwich was bland after he was warned away from the Nashville hot chicken. So...come for the drinks and patio, eat elsewhere.

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vipLPboy
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We’ve been to the Kennison before, so our poor dining experience was surprising. The restaurant was not that crowded, yet service was terrible. Our waitress never checked on us, the food took forever (by steak was cold) and not that good. If this is what they have evolved into, they won’t be around for long.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the steak and the fish & chips. They were top notch!

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vipintheneighborhood
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice!

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dedel
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great place to eat outside! Staff were great and happy hour was a bonus!

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vipPatrickL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Getting a table with a reservation when restaurant opened resulted in 15 minute wait. Small coffee cups.

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Mary
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Best fish & chips I’ve ever had. Even better than Ireland fish & chips. Loved the Jabberwocky drink. Our server Tim was the greatest!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ignored for 30 minutes after ordering drinks. Never approached to order. Left highly unsatisfied. Will NEVER return!!

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vipeddyjjr
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. Everyone had fun. Our server was wonderful.

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smashlaw10
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak was delicious!

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 4.5 stars by 547 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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