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 $46,950 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 coordinator
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