The Kennison will host families for their third annual autism-friendly night out on Wednesday, December 15. The Lincoln Park restaurant, located inside Hotel Lincoln, will feature a special prix fixe meal, sensory activities by Blue Bird Day School, designated quiet spaces and more, with the planning help of Autism Speaks.
This year's event coincides with ZooLights' Sensory-Friendly Visit Times at Lincoln Park Zoo (located across the street). The zoo's music, blinking and moving lights will remain static or turned off from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that evening.
The fee for this ticketed event is $40 per adult; children participate and eat for free. Each family attending will receive a copy of the book I Like Dinosaurs, Too! or What About Me? A Book by and for an Autism Sibling. Both books are written by Mandy Farmer and illustrated by The Kennison's beverage director, Emily Neff.
$10 from every ticket will be donated to Autism Speaks. Families that show their ZooLights tickets will receive a 10% discount. Reservations are required and run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please call The Kennison at 312-981-7070 to reserve your table.
AUTISM-FRIENDLY EVENING: DINNER MENU
Fried Mozzarella, marinara and basil
Grilled Cheese and Fries
Chicken Fingers and Fries
Linguini with Marinara
Hamburger or Cheeseburger with Fries
Glass of beer or wine
Roasted half chicken with fingerling potatoes, melted leeks, frisée salad and honey-lavender jus
Grilled Swordfish with sweet corn, bacon, beet greens, puree and brown butter
Housemade Pappardelle Pasta with tomato and wild mushroom ragu and pecorino (vegetarian)
Powdered Sugar Doughnut Holes with chocolate fudge, salted caramel and raspberry sauces