Information for Newcomers

Welcome to Naval Station Great Lakes, the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training center in the Navy.  The base includes 1,153 buildings on 1,628 acres and uses 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the naval station's facilities.  The naval station has prepared men and women for duty in Naval Service since its founding in 1911.

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Great Lakes offers exciting recreational and sightseeing opportunities.  Each city offers major sports teams, museums, concerts, theaters and restaurants. D uring the spring and summer months, Lake Michigan offers 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 Great Lakes.

Our address:

Naval Station Great Lakes
2601E Paul Jones St 
Great Lakes IL 60088-5000

(Note: DSN Prefix is 792)

Base Telephone Information - (847) 688-3500

Central Billeting - (847) 688-2241

Navy Lodge - (847) 689-1485

Personal Property - (847) 688-5371

Fleet and Family Support Center - (847) 688-3603/04

Morale, Welfare and Recreation - (847) 688-2110

Navy Medical Clinic 237 - (847) 688-2092

Personal Property

If you have shipped furniture or other personal property, the Personal Property Office, located in building 8100, will be one of the first stops you will need to make.  Shipping specialists will help you determine the status of your shipment.  Ensure the office has a phone number where you may be contacted.

Upon establishment of a permanent residence, incoming personnel must contact the Personal Property Office to make arrangements for delivery of their belongings.  A minimum of 5 working days' notice must be allowed for delivery from storage.  Personnel who are unable to obtain permanent quarters upon arrival may have their goods placed in storage for 90 days.  A second 90-day period may be requested through the Personal Property Office.

If, upon delivery of the personal property, there are any damaged or missing items, these should be noted on the pink Form 1840 and signed and dated by both the owner and the moving company representative.  Three copies should be left with the owner.  Any additional loss or damage discovered after the movers depart should be noted on the 1840R (reverse) side of the form.  All three copies must be submitted to the claims office within 70 days.  Further instructions will be given at that time concerning the claim process.

Outbound shipments are processed by appointment only, Monday through Friday.  Call the Personal Property Office to make an appointment.

Personal Property Office
Monday - Friday
7:15 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
(847) 688-5371 or 1-800-637-5401


The Unaccompanied Housing (UH) department manages and administers UH in the only training command which supports a Recruit Training Command, is the largest training facility in the Navy and provides transient and permanent quarters for all services in the Department of Defense (DoD) and foreign military student personnel.  Go to the UH page for more information.

Lodging is available at the Great Lakes Navy Lodge located centrally in the Forrestal Village.  The Navy Lodge offers 50 kitchenette units with two units designed for handicapped personnel.  Non-smoking and connecting units are also available.  A mini-mart and gas station, open 18 hours per day, are located conveniently nearby.  Check-in 1500-1800, check-out 1200.  All ranks, active duty (on duty or leave), reservists, retirees, DoD employees on orders and other authorized guests (including families of recruits graduating from basic training) can make reservations.

Navy Lodge
(847) 689-1485
FAX: (847) 689-1489
Toll-Free Number:


For housing information contact:

Navy Housing Service Center
Building 8100
1710 Cavin Drive
Great Lakes, IL 60088-3402
(847) 688-3440 x134
DSN 792-3440 x134
FAX 847 688-4957
DSN 792-4957

Hours of operation: 0800-1600 

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