Installation Guide

Historic Building 1
Building 1, Naval Station Great Lakes, is home to headquarters for Naval Station Great Lakes and Naval Service Training Command.

Best Installation

The best installation in Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in 2016, Naval Station Great Lakes accounts for $775 billion in salaries and allowances and $4.6 billion in total economic impact to NE Illinois and SE Wisconsin (for more, see Economic Impact below).

Active in the Community

Naval Station Great Lakes is actively involved with the community. We host ship reunions, Boy Scouts, Navy Junior ROTC, and Sea Cadets; host the SeaPerch (STEM) competition in March; and host the annual two-day 4th of July party and fireworks, bringing over 20,000 visitors a day to North Chicago. Sailors participating in the Partnership in Education support North Chicago schools--289 sailors contributed 11,195 hours at 151 different events in schools and community in 2016. Naval Station Great Lakes won the SECNAV Energy Gold Award for 51% energy reduction, 32% water reduction.

Supports over 50 Tenant Commands

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 50 tenant commands, including Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp.  Naval Station Great Lakes is also home to Training Support Center Great Lakes, where 80 percent of the Navy's surface warfare specialty training takes place.

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.

Public Works Department

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 thirty-nine on the National Register of Historic Places. Naval Station Great Lakes sits on 1,900 acres and uses 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the station’s facilities.

  • Public Works Department Great Lakes employs 10 military and 272 civilians. They support Naval Station Great Lakes ($5.7B in PRV) and 16 Navy Operational Support Centers ($201M in PRV).
  • SECNAV Energy Gold Award; 51% energy reduction, 32% water reduction
  • Highest Emergency/Urgent/Routine metrics in MidLANT (over 8K emergency, urgent, and routine service calls)

Successful projects include:

  • MILCON P-816, Steam Decentralization Project, which has reduced energy consumption by over $7M annually
  • Increased Quality of Life for Sailors in 2017 with construction management of MWR's Epicenter (opened in January)
  • Renovated Fire Fighter Trainer, providing Trainer renovation project completed on schedule to ensure the certification and preparation of over 14,000 sailors entering the fleet annually
  • Executed a mission critical $660K in-house shops project to replace 950 feet of 18-inch sanitary force-main piping along the installation waterfront; completed under budget and a month ahead of schedule
  • Executing $6M renovation to NSGL Fisher Clinic to better support staff and students on installation
  • $8.1M whole building renovation of Marine Corps Reserve Center
  • $1.4M renovation of Navy Museum of the American Sailor
  • $2.7M renovation of the NEX student exchange food court
  • $3.9M renovation of pool and training facility for Center for Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Diving
  • Critical support to the removal of two diesel generators from one of Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit’s (SWOSU) buildings in direct support of Military Sealift Command (MSC) USNS (United States Naval Ship) GRASP T-ARS 51, which suffered a critical generator failure.


The mailing address is:

Naval Station Great Lakes

Public Affairs Office

2601E Paul Jones St.

Great Lakes, IL 60088

847-688-2430, ext. 359


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