The Kennison

4.5
508 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 508 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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smashlaw10
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak was delicious!

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StevenA
Tucson
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food and excellent service and look forward to going back.

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vipJeff
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual. Food top quality and consistent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Anniversary

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Limited menu- mostly sandwiches/burgers - great drinks. Air conditioning made it too cold

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CathyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. In a historic hotel, and the decor complements the history in an updated way. Great location, across from Lincoln Park, with great big windows for neighborhood views. Plus a nice sized outdoor patio with a good ambiance. The Kennison team is friendly and professional. The executive chef even came out to our table to say hello. We will definitely be back!

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RichardK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food limited and greasy.
Drinks were good.
Waitress was good
Kitchen very slow.

MC
MCM3
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and so fun to eat outside on the patio! Highly Recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food!

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vipLMFjr
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first visit post Covid. Couldn’t stay away from the yummy cauliflower for too much longer! The cocktails and beers were great. Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts - fantastic. We had two orders of fish and chips where we subbed in crispy potatoes. I would say the fish wasn’t as delicious as I remember but the potatoes with that Old Bay seasoning more than made up for it. Blue cheese burger - delicious. Nashville hot chicken had great heat. Good happy hour drink specials 5-6:30.

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vipLolo
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jack, was great Food was delicious and anbience was perfect. Happy to be out in public again. Appropriate safety measures. I’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The French toast and pulled pork hash 👌

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very lovely simple brunch. Excellent service.

MD
vipMelissaD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day brunch was delicious!

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TeresaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I went there during the Old Town Art Fair as part of our Anniversary celebration. I was a little disappointed that their brunch menu had breakfast meals and a hamburger being 1pm but, the food was very good.

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vipJoseph
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I’ve eaten at the Kennison a number of times, it may have been the reopening, however the service and the kitchen were simply put - off. The food was average, the wait staff wasn’t customer focused, the young lady was frazzled, and nothing really was done very well. That said, we were made to be almost bad for asking for out food, coffee, etc. Because the waitress was frazzled and the place was busy.

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Hadley
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennison is Old Town’s best kept secret! Beautiful mid century modern decor, fresh seasonal food, excellent drinks and cocktails, and very reasonably priced! Derek the bartender is my favorite , he always takes great care of his customers! Brunch, happy hour or dinner, you won’t be disappointed at Kennison!

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vipMimiC
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good. I was not expecting much sine it seemed like simple fare but the halibut was excellent, nice wine and yummy desert

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vipGraceG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Love the patio and food was great- especially the apps and the fries!! Service was a little slow/ spotty.

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AmyF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Consistency is an issue. I sat at the bar on Sat for lunch and got great service. Our server today was off his game. I ordered coffee with oat milk when we sat down, which took longer to get than my friends cocktail. When the coffee arrived I didn't have a spoon to stir my cream, it took asking 2x to get one. Then I needed sugar because the coffee was stronger than expected, which took 2 asks to get. My coffee was luke warm by the time I was able to drink it. I ordered the French toast and it arrived w/out syrup. When I finally was able to flag the server, he commented that it doesn't really need it. I said it came with it the last time I got it and that syrup is standard with French toast. He finally brought me a tiny creamer container of syrup. The French toast being absolutely awesome was the saving grace.

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vipCshank
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service, drinks and ambience were fine. Food itself was quite mediocre.

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vipRobertW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

ALTHOUGH THEY ARE STILL ON A LIMITED MENUE I ALWAYS ENJOY THEIR FISH AND CHIPS

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vipKelseyF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pulled pork hash was incredible! I also ordered the mimosa which had the perfect ratio of prosecco to juice.

ME
vipMariaE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour was great! Very good prices and quick service. The vibe is very charming.

AM
AnnM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place but limited menu.

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vipcanes
Detroit
154 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had Brunch while staying at the hotel Lincoln. Service was disjointed, as wait staff wasn’t sure who was taking our table. We both had quiche Lorraine with a side salad and it was very good.

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vipgreatpatio
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Kennison has a nice large patio, which was perfect for this warm summery night! The menu is slightly limited with burgers making up a bulk of the main entrée section but they had enough yummy apps and a few other things on the menu plus everything we ordered was very tasty. They have a $25 corkage fee. Our table was sort of tucked in the back of the patio so it took us a few minutes to get served but once we had a waitress she was good about coming by our table.

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vipTracyS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding! Great people watching!

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vipEDBDINER
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

will definitely go back. Hopefully after the past year things will return to normal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was awful. If I could give it a zero I would.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My Mother and her boyfriend came to town for the Van Gogh exhibit which was fabulous and this was an easy walk up the street. We started with cocktails - The walrus & the carpenter and the Jaberwocky. Bother were so tasty, especially the later.
The two of them LOVE a good cocktail. The asparagus with the egg was 😘 flavorful and pretty and fun. My mother and I split the steak - it reminded us both of a juicy home grilled steak - moist and tasty (simple and perfect). The fried are skinny, a little crunchy and so good. He had the burger and said it was delicious. Service was sweet and had a nice personality which made the visit even more perfect. Might come back by myself to get that steak again. Mmmmm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was not packed at all and the service was extremely slow. Took asking a few times before we were able to get silverware after we had been served. Once we were served no one ever came back to check on us or ask if we needed more drinks.

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sarahw
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was amazing and they made us feel really special. Well done!

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vipLisaF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, convenient location, good food and drinks!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were excellent!

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Betsy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good burgers and pork shank. Good choice of craft beers.,fun place would go again. Great location!!

JK
JosephK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork shank is a must!

JK
JasonK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It seemed like they were short staffed, food came out late, and it was overcooked when it arrived.

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vipJulieT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our party of 4 was able to sit outside on the terrace on a lovely spring evening, so the ambience was wonderful (though traffic up Lincoln Ave was pretty noisy). The waitstaff was accommodating and friendly, even bringing a bowl of water for our little pooch. Two of our party had burgers - and reported they were delicious. My fish and chips was pretty good, and the pasta with mushroom ragu was also excellent. Try the cocktails - inventive, colorful, and very tasty!

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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 508 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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