About Port Edward located in Algonquin, Illinois
Founded by Edward Wolowiec in 1964, Port Edward has been operating in Algonquin for 53 years and counting. Our beloved nautical theme makes us the ultimate spot for fine dining and seafood specialties. We serve up cocktails, appetizers, desserts, and more. Be sure to come by for one-of-a-kind dishes, live music, a full wine cellar, and seasonal Dockside Dining on our riverfront patio.
Over the past several years, Port Edward has received numerous awards and accolades. This includes honors from Best of the Fox, Zagat, and a Five Forks review from Check, Please! The AAA Motor Club even declared us “one of Mid-America’s Most Unusual Restaurants.” Whether you’re from the Chicagoland area or traveling from out of state, you certainly don’t want to miss out. Contact us for reservations and visit us today!
Biography of Founder, Edward Wolowiec
As a 1st generation American, Ed was instilled with a hard-work ethic from both of his parents, both of whom immigrated from Poland in the late 1890s. From an early age Ed was self driven and full of tenacity. A graduate of both Holy Trinity High School and VanderCook College of Music, Ed demonstrated a love and talent for the arts, especially music. In 1954, Ed joined the armed forces and was responsible for producing music radio shows and conducting military bands. An interest in scuba diving in the 50s led Ed to Florida and the Caribbean where is vast nautical collection began to form. One of Ed’s greatest contributions was in education as Music Supervisor of the Wood Dale public school system.
In 1960, Ed received an offer to enter a partnership on a small waterfront bar in Algonquin. Four years later, he would buy out his partner and the story of Port Edward begins. While Ed’s training centered around music, he “apprenticed” by visiting outstanding restaurants throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and the States. The restaurant would slowly build a loyal clientele and by the end of the 1970s would begin expansions as a “work in progress”. The success of Port Edward has continued to today, but even for all the successes Ed has enjoyed, he doesn’t dwell on what he’s accomplished. “I’m a forward looking person. I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and find what new challenges await.” Ed’s love and devotion has allowed Port Edward to flourish and remain a destination for countless guests over the years. “The pleasure of the company we keep is what motivates and strengthens us each day. Thank you for being part of our family.”