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— About —

 
 

Lead Staff

Ryan See
Managing Partner

Dan Warren
Managing Partner

Bill Walker
Executive Chef

Maree Rogers
Pastry Chef

Brian Daigle
Beverage Director

Brian Crawford
Director of Private Events

 

the kennison

The Kennison's name pays homage to one of Chicago's most notorious legends, David Kennison. A fixture in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in the 1800s, Kennison came to Chicago and touted his grand past: being the last surviving member of the Boston Tea Party, a soldier of the revolutionary war, in addition to other outrageous exploits. He was so well-liked that when he passed away at the ripe old age of 115, his funeral had the largest attendance recorded at that time.

...It wasn’t until 50 years later that historians realized that Kennison was, in fact, 85 at his time of death—and was far too young to have been part of the Revolutionary War. In true “Windy City" fashion, Kennison blew a lot of hot air about his past, but led an incredible life regardless. Kennison’s grave is marked with a boulder located directly across the street from the restaurant in Lincoln Park. Here, we salute one of Chicago's greatest con-men.

 
 


Bill Walker is the Executive Chef of The Kennison. Drawn to the fast-paced and demanding environment of the hospitality industry early on, Walker has over a decade of experience. After graduating from Kendall College, he honed his skills working in a variety of Chicago restaurants, including Old Town Social, Wood Restaurant, Salero and The Green Zebra.

Walker’s menu at The Kennison is characterized by innovative plays on familiar flavors and dishes. Walker is committed to working with local farmers to create ingredient driven dishes that revolve around both seasonality and sustainability, especially given his close proximity to the Green City Farmer’s Market.

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Recent Press

Chicago RedEye
15 New Chicago Brunches for Fall

Chicago Reader
Bill Walker Picks Up Where Perennial Virant Left Off 

Chicago Tribune
✴ ✴  Review

Eater Chicago
The 15 Hottest Burgers in Chicago

Tasting Table
The 12 Best New Restaurant Openings in the U.S.

Chicago Woman
Feature on Pastry Chef Maree Rogers

Zagat
What to Eat and Drink at The Kennison

Chicago Food Magazine
The Kennison's Debut

Urban Daddy
Introducing 'The Rawtender'

Eater Chicago
Sneak-Peek Feature

USA Today
Summer Cocktails Feature

Chicago Tribune
Opening Soon Sneak-Peek