The first joint partnership by The Bristol and Boka Restaurant Group, Balena features Italian-inspired cuisine, sourced from Midwest farms by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel. From the seasonal menu to the elegantly worn-in décor designed by 555 International (Girl & The Goat, GT Fish & Oyster), Balena offers artisanal brick-oven pizzas, hand-made pastas and spit-roasted meats, fish and vegetables prepared in a wood-fired oven and grill on the savory menu; while twists on Italian classics are the crux of the dessert program. Opened in February 2012, in Chicago's Lincoln Park at 1633 N. Halsted, the 165-seat eatery is open seven days a week, from 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, with seating until 10:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Hours are subject to change. For more information, please visit

  • Michelin Rated
  • Avg Meal Price/Person (appetizer, entrée, dessert): $$$ = $25 - $34
  • Max Restaurant Capacity: 206
  • Private Dining Available
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dinner
  • Hours of Operation: Hours: Sunday 2pm -10pm, Monday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 4:30-11pm
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Valet Parking Available
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  • Complete Buy-out Available
  • Exclusive Audio/Visual Provider(s)
  • In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)
  • Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated): 35
  • Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing): 60
  • Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated): 206
  • Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing): 206
  • Off-Site Catering Allowed
  • On-site Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Private Meeting Space Available