Wendella Private Charters

Charter a Boat with Wendella

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

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. Charter customers can easily choose and customize their outing with as much, or as little assistance as desired. Our professional staff and knowledgeable crew are dedicated to ensuring every aspect of the experience is safe, smooth and hassle-free.

With breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, Wendella features custom-built vessels perfect for any event, 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 guests have the freedom and flexibility to choose any catering service or meal option they want.

Family Business with a “Customer-First” Heritage. A Chicago family-owned and operated business, Wendella is the “go-to” Chicago sightseeing and tourism company. Founded in 1935 by Swedish immigrant, Albert Borgström, Wendella is now in its fourth generation with third generation Michael Borgström serving as President. The company continues to play a leadership role in the activities associated with the Chicago River and the city’s evolving lakefront.


Wendella's Private Charter Fleet

Private Charter Vessels
(150-275 passengers)
(50-150 passengers)
Wendella LTD.
(25-50 passengers)

Preferred Caterers

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Safety and Security

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Parking & Directions

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ADA and Accessibility

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Check out our FAQ Section, email charters@wendellaboats.com, or call us at 312.204.4048.