Balena Est. 2012

Balena, North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, United States

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Tuck yourself away for an intimate dinner with Tuscan-rustic vibe. 
Invite your nearest and dearest for a sensational menu of Italian-inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Add in some thoughtfully made cocktails and desserts and it’ll be an evening you’ll never forget.
The Lowdown
Type
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
No View
Street
Style
Classic
Elegant
Italian
Rustic
Sophisticated
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Holiday Party
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

The reception area features a dedicated private bar, uniquely back-lit by a tapestry of vintage wines set into the wall and accentuated with an antique cast-iron safe (origin circa 1900). The fully-functional dining room offers a distinctive view into Balena’s Italian wine-closet, and is framed by distressed brick archways. Balena provides complimentary votives.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Sales tax- 10.5%
Service charge- 21-23%
Room Rental Fee- $150

Insurance

N/A

Capacity

Seated
150
Buffet
N/A
Standing
225
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2012
Curfew
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Inside Scoop

Balena creates our own specialty sodas based heavily on seasonality.

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Wifi
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Awards & Notables Wine Enthusiast America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2015
2-Star Certified Green Restaurant
Michelin Bib Gourmand 2013
2012 Eater Awards: Chris Pandel Named Chef of the Year
Celebration Locations
Wine Cellar:
The reception area features a dedicated private bar, uniquely back-lit by a tapestry of vintage wines set into the wall and accentuated with an antique cast-iron safe (origin circa 1900). The fully-functional dining room offers a distinctive view into Balena’s Italian wine-closet, and is framed by distressed brick archways.
- View: Wine Cellar
- Max Capacity: 36 (seated) - 60 (cocktail)
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Upstage Dining Room:
The reception area features a dedicated private bar with gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows framing the view of Halsted Street and the historic Steppenwolf Theatre.
- View: Street view
- Max Capacity: 65 (seated) - 80 (cocktail)
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Full Restaurant Buyout:
Balena is the first combination of Boka and B. Hospitality Restaurant Groups. Chris Pandel has created a menu he calls “Honest Italian cooking.” The 10,000 square foot space designed by Karen Herold of 555, is dramatic and bright with 30 foot ceilings, a glass façade, a leather topped bar, reclaimed wood shelves, and a custom Balena clock on the back wall.
- Max Capacity: 150 (seated) - 225 (cocktail)
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
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