Subway: Red to North/Clybourn(312) 867-3888 balenachicago.com41.911836 -87.648202 1633 N Halsted St (between North Ave and Willow St) Lincoln Park, Chicago
DinnerAverage main course: $22
Between the warmth of the room and the compelling simplicity of Chris Pandel’s food, there is something especially comfortable about Balena, the first collaboration between the Bristol and the BOKA Restaurant Group. Settle in with a few amaro cocktails (our pick: the Montenegro), share a pizza (rhubarb with pancetta, spring onion, ricotta and mint), don’t miss the smoked mackerel, and wrap things up with pastry chef Rachel Brickle’s tiramisu (a light and sophisticated take on the staple). Finally, fall asleep on a banquette. With any luck, nobody will wake you up.