As the “Quarterdeck of the Navy,” Naval Station Great Lakes enables and sustains Fleet, Fighter and Family by providing superior, integrated Base Operating Support to over 55 tenant commands, including Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp. Naval Station Great Lakes is also home to 80 percent of the Navy’s surface warfare specialty training.
Tenant commands residing at Naval Station Great Lakes represent all branches of the Department of Defense, to include:
Navy Recruiting District Chicago, Marine Corps Recruiting District Area 9, Marine Air Control Group 48, the U. S. Military Entrance Processing Command, Navy Drug Screening Lab, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Great Lakes Reserve Component Command, and many others. The installation also hosts one flag command - Commander, Naval Service Training Command. Our training commands and schools proudly graduate thousands of recruits and Sailors every year.
Naval Station Great Lakes is the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the Navy. The installation includes 1,153 buildings with 39 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Naval Station Great Lakes sits on 1,628 acres and uses 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the station’s facilities.
Situated on the western shore of Lake Michigan midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Naval Station Great Lakes offers exciting recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Both Chicago and Milwaukee have major sports teams, museums, concerts, theaters and restaurants. During the spring and summer months, Lake Michigan features great fishing, swimming, sailing and camping opportunities. In the winter months, the nearby Chain O’ Lakes area offers ice fishing, snowmobiling, skating, sledding and other seasonal activities. Several ski resorts are within an hour’s drive from Naval Station Great Lakes.
The mailing address is:
Naval Station Great Lakes
Public Affairs Office
2601E Paul Jones St.
Great Lakes, IL 60088
847-688-2430, ext. 359