Chicago’s Finest Dive Charter

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Welcome to Windy City Diving!

Are you hoping to try a new, fun water-based activity? Dive into the pristine waters of Lake Michigan with help from Windy City Diving.
Our charter captain, Jim, is both a professional diver and a master of Great Lakes science, exploration, and teaching. He and his experienced crew are passionate about diving. Since we love the sport so much, we want to be able to share our knowledge with both seasoned and novice divers. We have made it our priority to provide a higher level of service to the diving community.

You can enjoy diving services every weekend, as well as during weather-permitting months (mid-April to October).
On Wednesday nights, we offer Night Dives and Fireworks Cruises. No matter who you are or where you live, as long as you’re in Chicago and you want to dive, we are the company to trust.

We are located in the northeast corner of Burnham Harbor, 1362 S. Linn White Dr., Dock EC Slip 2, Chicago, IL. The harbor is adjacent to Chicago’s Museum Campus, which houses the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Since we are within walking distance of Chicago’s downtown area, there are plenty of parking spaces and opportunities for sightseeing on land.

Explore Lake Michigan

The Chicagoland area is a home to dozens of shipwrecks.
Trapped in fresh water, these well-preserved wrecks are waiting to be explored. Whether you’re interested in seeing old wooden schooners or modern steel wrecks, Windy City Diving can take you there. We want you to enjoy the safest and most comfortable passage on your adventure.

Our focus is on guiding you as you dive into the Straits of Mackinac, Chicago’s premier dive site. However, our central location is near more than a dozen Chicagoland shipwrecks. You can count on us to help you dive through them all.

Our Boats

Our 34’ catamaran dive boat, the R/V Aquatica, offers you a secure ride to and from the dive site. As we limit our number of divers to six, ease of diving is practically assured. Fully equipped with dive safety gear, our knowledgeable staff will ensure your comfort, security, convenience, and enjoyment. For your complete peace of mind, our business is fully licensed and insured.

Additionally, we offer a 27’ Sportcraft the Wisconsin Clipper for dives out of Northpoint Marina in Winthrop Harbor, IL.
This is where we visit the advanced wreck dives of the SS Wisconsin and M/Y Rosinco.

Our Licenses and Certifications

PADI Master Instructor

USCG 100-Ton Master

TDI Mixed Gas Instructor

USEPA Scientific Diver

Our Mission

We aim to help people enjoy fast, safe, comfortable, and hassle-free diving experiences.

Testimonials

“Amazing Experience, Captain Jim knows how to run a dive charter. This was my first time doing a wreck dive in Lake Michigan and I will definitely be back. Captain Jim went over a little history about each of the wrecks we dove. We dove the Straits and Wells Burt before each dive, told us the best way to get around it and was just overall very detailed about it, which made the dive that much better.”

- Jason M. of Hoffman Estates

“Great Staff and Service. If you want a GREAT charter to take you out to some amazing dive sites this is the one! I would highly recommend this to any divers looking for some good, great lakes wreck dives.”

- Aaron

“Great Experience. It was my first experience diving in Lake Michigan, and I am glad we went with Windy City. Captain Jim was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. On this particular day, Capt. Jim told us we would be seeing two wrecks. The first was the Straits of Mackinac and then the Wells Burt. Prior to each dive, he briefed us on the history of the wreck as well as things we should try to pay close attention to. In between dives, he had pineapple for us as snacks and then cookies for the end of the dive. Overall, Windy City was a great experience and I will be going back again.”

- Hazz of Portage, Indiana.

“Best Dive operation in the Windy City. The boat is not crowded, in excellent condition; and Capt. Jim has an excellent system of getting his divers on/off the boat! Would highly recommend to fellow divers. There is nothing like seeing a wooden ship beautifully preserved from the 1800’s! You get to dive a piece of history.”

- Boiler Babe of Valparaiso

Staying in Chicago

If you are new to Chicago or are traveling here for work or pleasure, Chicago has plenty to offer the diver and non-diver alike.
Whether it is about the tall buildings, deep dish pizza, ethnic festivals, or a simple stroll through one of the many parks, Chicago has what you want and more.

Though not all-inclusive, the following websites will assist you with information on dining, lodging, and special events:

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