Scuba Diving in Wells Burt, Chicago, Illinois USA

Dive type:
Fresh water/wreck
Medium (5 - 10 m/16.4 - 33 ft)
Exact GPS Coordinates in the lake:
42° 2.748' N, 87° 37.082' 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.

One great attraction near Chicago in Lake Michigan is the wreck of a schooner, the Wells Burt that is lying on the bottom of the lake since 20/05/1883. The wooden ship was built in 1873 and was used for transport purposes.

The 64.6 x 10.4 x 4.3 m/211.3 x 34.1 x 14.1 ft sailing ship weighted 756 tons and had a 3 mast rigging. The wreck is protected, so it is recommended to dive with a scuba diving school and not alone, because they have the appropriate licenses.

The only way to reach the point is by boat, on a trip that lasts less than 10 minutes. The spot is easy to find and has a great diving quality. It is suggested to have some kind of experience, as the diving level for the spot is CMAS */ OW.

When you reach the site and find the exact point, you will be down at an average of 12.2 m/40 ft depth, which is also the maximum depth. Bio interest of the area is poor, but you have more important things to observe such as this great shipwreck!

Visibility is medium, but adequate enough in order to see the glorious ship resting peacefully in its water grave. If you are a wreck diving enthusiast, this place will thrill you!!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Springfield
219 miles/352.5 km, 3 hours 32 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 exit 277A to merge onto I-294 N toward Wisconsin. Partial toll road. Exit onto US-14 E/E Dempster St. Continue to follow E Dempster St. Partial toll road. Turn left onto Chicago Ave. Take the 1st right onto Greenwood St. Continue onto Lakeshore Blvd. Destination will be on the left.
BY CAR FROM Lawrenceville
274 miles/441 km, 4 hours 47 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 to stay on Sheridan Rd. Turn right onto Lee St. Turn left onto Lake Shore Blvd/Lee St. Continue to follow Lake Shore Blvd. Destination will be on the right.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport,
16.7 miles/26.9 km

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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