Private Events

Life is short. Make the most of it. Celebrate with friends, family or co-workers on your own private cruise. Create unforgettable memories for you and your guests aboard Chicago’s most exclusive open-air venue. Cruise through the heart of the city on the Chicago River or venture out to Lake Michigan for spectacular views of Chicago’s magnificent skyline.

Contact Wendella’s Private Events Department or at 312-205-4047. Your personal Private Event Planner will help customize your event to suit your every need.

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Experience the most memorable private event

Wendella offers multiple docks along the Chicago River, on Michigan Avenue, Trump Tower and other popular downtown locations, including Chinatown and North Avenue. With Wendella as your private event host, you can easily choose and customize your outing with as much, or as little assistance as desired. Our professional staff and knowledgeable crew are dedicated to ensuring every aspect of your experience is safe, smooth and hassle-free.

With breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, Wendella features custom-built vessels perfect for any event you may desire, from a chartered corporate outing to a cocktail party or private architectural tour. Wendella's vessel options can accommodate groups from 25 to 275 and you and your guests have the freedom and flexibility to choose any catering service you desire.

Wendella Vessels Available for Private Events


(150-275 passengers)


(25-150 guests)

Wendella LTD.

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Wendella's Preferred Caterers

Food, family and tradition are the ingredients of the recipe that make Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants such a huge success. This recipe will be passed on to generation after generation and will continue in all future ventures.

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From our humble barbecue beginnings to award-winning sauce, “now” restaurants, and premier catering—our passion for great food, and ability to throw one heckuva party and unforgettable events have taken Sweet Baby Ray’s from ambitious aspirations to a whole universe of “yum”.

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Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, a venture of Pastoral Enterprises, LLC, is a European-inspired neighborhood cheese, specialty food and wine shop offering the highest quality, cut-to-order domestic and international specialty cheeses, freshly baked breads, perfectly chosen accompaniments and small-production wines, along with hand-crafted, cheese loving beers.

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In a city known as the “Pizza Capital of the World”, The Original Gino’s East is still the number one pizza restaurant where customers from near and far return year after year to scribble their names into the wood and stucco walls of our flagship restaurant in downtown Chicago.

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Family owned since 1978. Fresh, local and organic ingredients when possible, and never any trans fat or preservatives. From our kitchen to your table; we provide healthy meals, well thought out libations, and wonderful service. Let us take care of the evening for you- we'll even do the dishes.

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Named “Best Steakhouse in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune Dining Poll, Best of Citysearch Poll and Metromix on CLTV, Harry Caray’s serves the finest prime, aged steaks, chops and Italian favorites. The sophisticated, high energy restaurant pays tribute to the beloved Chicago Cubs sportscaster for whom the restaurant is named.

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James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan’s menu of contemporary American tavern fare is satisfying and soul-warming.

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