Private Charters

For 80 years, Wendella Sightseeing has helped millions of visitors, groups and commuters enjoy Chicago and Lake Michigan in a unique way through its boat tours, charters and water taxi services that follow the highest standards of safety and dedication to the customer experience.

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A memorable, flexible charter experience

Wendella offers multiple docks along the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue, Trump Tower and other popular downtown locations, including Chinatown and North Avenue. If you are a Charter Customer, 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 Charters


(150-275 passengers)


(50-150 passengers)

Wendella LTD.

(25-50 passengers)


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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Will Work For Food is a catering consultancy specializing in the start-up, refinement, and on-going support, of catering operations and catering sales. Will Work For Food also specializes in event management… from corporate events to backyard BBQ’s to weddings, let Will Work for Food help you plan every aspect of your perfect event.

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Blackfinn Ameripub was born to be a whole new generation of the classic American pub, a lively restaurant and bar that offers the affordable, craveable American food our guests want to eat.

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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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For 30 years, Food For Thought has been driven by two principles: delicious food and gracious hospitality. Our Catering division is renowned for creating truly special events.

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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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Lettuce Parties & Special Events has over 75 years of combined event experience. Our team includes dozens of event professionals to guide you through every phase of the planning process including venue selection, budgets, menus, floral, entertainment & more. We pride ourselves in providing responsive, creative and flexible service.

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Blue Plate is celebrating 30 years of creating great food at fabulous locations around the city. We are deeply devoted to our Chicago roots and take great pride in bringing passion for food and service to every event we cater. As Chicago's first Green-Certified caterer, Blue Plate puts an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Let us help you create a great event out on the water!

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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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