Wilmette Buoy

Your interest in our buoys has not gone unnoticed! Please consider making a donation.

Your phone calls, emails, and interactions through Twitter and Facebook have reassured us that the buoys are valued and needed. We are proud to be able to offer the services of two buoys—one located in the waters north of Michigan City, Indiana and the other near Wilmette Harbor, Illinois. Our goal is to provide real-time data for a variety of uses—charter fishing, recreational boating, weather forecasting, and more.

Putting a buoy in the water, year after year, requires many things to happen: the right weather conditions, the right equipment (buoy, boat, trailer), the right people (IISG specialists, volunteers), and the right technical services (website, data modem). It wouldn’t be possible without sufficient funding to keep the buoys afloat.

Please consider donating today!

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Mail your check to the address below. Please write IL-IN Sea Grant in the memo portion of your check.

University of Illinois Foundation
Attn: Cash Desk
1305 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801 

If you are interested in making a large donation or exploring a possible partnership, please contact us at (765)496-3722 or email Angie Archer at We would love to hear from you!


Contact Info

Research Coordinator

Carolyn Foley

Aquatic Ecology Specialist

Jay Beugly

IISG Tweets

The endangered piping plovers on #Chicago's Montrose Beach, nicknamed Monty & Rose, have established a new nest near the southern end of the beach after they were flooded out of their previous home:

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