About Us

Ted Widen

Ted has been a boater his entire life and has owned both power and sailboats. He has always said, “Nothing better than spending the day on a boat with my friends and family.”

He launched ChicagoScene.com in 1998 as one of the first social networking events and entertainment sites in the country. Chicago Scene was the Facebook of Chicago many years before it started.

Ted produces events such as the Chicago Scene New Year’s Eve Party at the historic Drake Hotel. The event is the largest and highest rated NYE party in Chicago and is attended by over 3000 people annually since 2000.

The Chicago Scene Boat Party is known as the largest boat party on Lake Michigan with over 600 boats and over 10,000 attendees participating each year.  He now looks forward to sharing these experiences with all of our guests.


Mark Kaplan USCG Captain

Mark has been boating for decades and has owned and operated numerous vessels both sail & Powerboats. He has taken people on exciting adventures along the lakefront as well as the Chicago River creating priceless memories.  Mark’s experience consist of hosting entire families, corporate events and celebrations for all types of occasions.