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Scuba Diving in Straits of Mackinack Wreck, Chicago, Illinois USA

Dive type:
Fresh water/wreck
Current:
None
Visibility:
Good (10-30 m/33-98.5 ft)
Experience:
CMAS * / OW
Exact GPS Coordinates in the lake:
42° 2.73' N, 87° 30.888' W
Chicago is the seat of Cook County, Illinois, USA. It is the third most populous city in the US and the most populous city in both the American Midwest and Illinois. Nicknamed as The Second City or Windy City, Chicago is situated on the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan, in the northeastern Illinois.

Chicago is a very big city with many leisure opportunities. If you are a water sport enthusiast, you can enjoy one of the most thrilling sports, scuba diving in the inland sea of Lake Michigan.

Although the bio life of the area is poor, the main thing to see undersea is the wreck of a transport ship, Straits of Mackinack that was sunk on purpose in 2003. The only way to reach the area is by boat, in a good time of less than 30 minutes and it is not very hard to find.

The ferry that was manufactured in 1928 was made out of steel and is now under the surface of Lake Michigan, sitting quietly at a depth of 12.2 to 25.9 m/40 to 84 ft and remaining in excellent condition. The shipwreck lies in the seabed in upright position.

Straits of Mackinack is at a place with no currents and the area has good visibility. If you are inexperienced, this is not the right place for you, as the level of experience is CMAS */ OW. If you like wreck diving, this is one of the best places in Chicago to practice your favorite sport.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Springfield
219 miles/352.5 km, 3 hours 29 minutes
Head east toward S 9th St. Turn right onto S 5th St. Continue onto I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S/S 6th St. Continue to follow I-55 BUS S/I-55 Loop S. Take the exit onto I-72 E toward I-55 N/Decatur/Chicago. Continue onto I-55 N. Take the U.S. 41 N/Lake Shore Drive N exit on the left. Merge onto U.S. 41 N/S Lake Shore Dr. Continue to follow S Lake Shore Dr. Turn right onto N Sheridan Rd. Turn right to stay on N Sheridan Rd. Turn right onto Sheridan Rd. Turn right onto Sheridan Square. Destination will be on the left.
BY CAR FROM Lawrenceville
274 miles/441 km, 4 hours 43 minutes
Head west on State St toward 11th St. Turn right onto IL-1 N/15th St. Turn left onto IL-133 W/W Jasper St. Continue to follow IL-133 W. Turn right to merge onto I-57 N. Merge onto Interstate 94 W. Keep left to continue on Interstate 94 Express W. Take exit 53C toward Interstate 55 N/Stevenson Expressway/Lake Shore Drive/22nd Street. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-55 N/Stevenson Expy/Lake Shore Dr and merge onto I-55 N/Stevenson Expy. Take the U.S. 41 N/Lake Shore Drive N exit on the left. Merge onto U.S. 41 N/S Lake Shore Dr. Continue to follow S Lake Shore Dr. Turn right onto N Sheridan Rd. Turn right to stay on N Sheridan Rd. Turn right onto Sheridan Rd. Turn right onto Sheridan Square. Destination will be on the left.
BY AIR
Chicago O'Hare International Airport,
17.5 miles/28.1 km
BY TRAIN

If you wish to travel by train, Amtrak has stations almost in the entire Illinois. Take a train from anywhere in the US or Illinois and abort in Chicago – Union Station, IL (CHI). From there you can use the public transportation or rent a car.

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