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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for a Date (15)
Casual (11)
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Good for Groups (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Fun (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day menu was a let down.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Agreeable on all fronts.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome food , excellent bar and wait staff and lovely room . All in all a perfect evening - will be going back soon !

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time eating at The Kennison. Food was very, very good, the price even better since we went during Restaurant Week. The service was exceptional.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing as always
Brought my 2 year old niece and they treated her so we'll!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Overall great experience. Welcoming staff, excited for Chef Rob Shaner to start.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was a solid date choice. Very approachable wine list and great service. The one critical piece of feedback I have is, it would have been nice to have a vegan option or two but our waiter was very accommodating (for future reference the pumpkin soup, brussel sprouts and cauliflower are great).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and phenomenal service in a really neat restaurant - will definitely come back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful cocktails

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Engagement brunch!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 6, 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 6, 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 26, 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 23, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 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 20, 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 20, 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 19, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 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 11, 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 5, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 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 25, 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 25, 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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vip
 (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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