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.

Group Transportation

Wendella's Preferred Caterers

At Blackwood BBQ, we start with whole ingredients and prepare our provisions by hand. As a whole, we pride ourselves on going to great lengths to craft our food - sourcing meat from familiar farms, serving mac and cheese that takes four hours to make, using the finest spices, and so much more! Our knives cut meat and vegetables, never corners. We do it this way because we love it. We do it this way so that you will love it.
As a local Chicago company, we are thrilled to be a part of the Wendella Family and have the opportunity to serve our tasty ‘cue to you!

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Le Pain Quotidien is an artisanal organic bakery and European restaurant. We serve simple, elegant, wholesome cuisine and are committed to sustainable practices in our stores and catering department. We source organic products whenever possible, and our packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable. Le Pain Quotidien focuses on catering drops as well as in house events. We will deliver fresh pastries, organic breads, signature tartines, salads, artisanal cheeses, sandwiches, and many other delicious specialties and organic beverages to your home or office. Le Pain Quotidien will create a menu that suits your specific needs and group size, large or small.

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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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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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With over 25 years of service, Inspired Catering & Events (formerly Phil Stefani Signature Events) uses sustainable, local, and seasonal ingredients to provide the highest quality menu displays. As a woman owned and certified company, our experienced team is committed to delivering delicious food and creative results for you and your guests to enjoy.

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