Balena Chicago




The Wine Cellar reflects Balena’s Tuscan-rustic atmosphere in an intimate, private setting. The reception area features a dedicated oaken private bar, uniquely back-lit by a tapestry of vintage wines set into the wall and accentuated with an antique cast-iron safe. The dining room offers a distinctive view into Balena’s Italian wine-closet, and is framed by distressed brick archways that add to the Tuscan look. Gather with your friends and family and experience the relaxed yet classy atmosphere in the Wine Cellar. A restaurant with multiple accolades, Balena provides a combination of elegant space and fantastic cuisine. Balena’s private dining menus boast a seasonal selection of locally sourced ingredients in Italian-inspired dishes. Complement your celebration with a handcrafted cocktail from Balena’s Italian mixology program - each cocktail showcases a different Italian bitter. For an intimate celebration full of joy, find yourself at Balena!

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 1:00AM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee for reception is $150 and there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events and includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $500/hr. The venue provides family style meals in place of the estimated 3-course plated meal.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Balena Chicago is estimated at between $27,041 and $46,949 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 1:00AM
No birdseed, glitter, confetti, fireworks, sparklers