About Us

Founded by Edward Wolowiec in 1964, Port Edward has been serving delighted guests in Algonquin for 53 years and counting. Port Edward’s unique nautical setting is the ultimate spot for fine dining and seafood specialties. We serve up cocktails, appetizers, desserts, and more. Come aboard for one-of-a-kind dishes, live music, a full wine cellar, and seasonal Dockside Dining on our riverfront patio.

Port Edward has received numerous awards and accolades: Best of the Fox, Zagat, and a Five Forks review from Check, Please! The AAA Motor Club even declared Port Edward, “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!

About Us

Founder, Edward Wolowiec

  • As a 1st generation American, Ed was instilled with a hard-work ethic from both of his parents, both of whom emigrated 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 his 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 become a partner 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 have 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.”

    Ed has enjoyed the pleasure of chairing the Illinois Restaurant Association and is a founding board member of both Illinois State Bank of Lake In The Hills and the Golden Eagle Community Bank of Woodstock.

  • 1952

    The Original Anchor Lounge built

  • 1960

    Ed Wolowiec bought Anchor Lounge

  • 1964

    Renamed Port Edward

  • 1976

    Addition construction begins

  • 1978

    Addition opened

  • 1979

    International Gift Shop opened

  • 1990-2001

    Algonquin Princess

  • 1996-2001

    Jan’s of London – Barrington Mall Gift Shop

  • 2009

    Doggie Dine Out – PortSide

  • 2010

    Port Edward Dinner Cabaret

  • 2011

    Neptune’s Comedy Club

  • 2012

    Zagat’s and new menu