Naval Station Great Lakes COVID-19 Update

This is your one stop for current operating information for MWR and other Base Organizations. 

For the most current information on COVID-19:

Last Updated on February 26, 2021

Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR)

All MWR facilities have detailed reset/recovery plans in place and upon approval from higher authority, we will open back up again when it is safe for both our staff & customers.  The following MWR programs and services are open back up, at least on a limited basis.  Please continue to check back for frequent updates.



Open for Active Duty Military Staff & Students Only

Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:30am-8pm
Click here for all the details. (Updated Dec. 2)


Open for lap swim for Active Duty Military Only
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:30am-2pm; Mon & Wed: 3:30-7:30pm
Click here for all the details. (Updated Feb. 18)



Open for Active Duty Military Staff & Students Only

Hours: Mon-Fri: Noon-8pm; Sat & Sun: 9am-5pm
Click here for all the details. (Updated Dec. 2)


Available for Active Duty Military

Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:30am-8pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays: 9am-5pm

Walk-up or Email Reservations: Contact Sports and Fitness via Email: for a reservation, or walk into front entrance of the Epicenter, Bldg. 525 during the hours listed above. All equipment is checked out for a maximum of 24 hours except on weekends, which has a max of 72 hours. For more details and a list of what is available, click here.

Open By Appointment Only

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm 
Click here for full details. 
Click here for current E-Ticket Pricing. 
Click here for Disney/Universal Ticket FAQ’s.


Open forActive Duty Military Only
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4:30-9:30pm, Fri: 4:30-11:30pm, Sat: 3-11:30pm, Sun: 3-9:30pm

Expanded Operations: Click Here for all the details. (Updated 23 FEB 2021)



Open forActive Duty Military Only

Come bowl a game or two, relax, grab a bite to eat with your friends while social distancing!
Hours: Weds/Thurs: 4:30-9:30pm, Fri: 4:30-11:30pm, Sat: 3-10:30pm, Sun: 3-9:30pm

Click Here for all the details.



Open forActive Duty Military Only
Show times: Sun.-Thurs.: 5:30pm, Fri. & Sat.: 7pm
Theater capacity reduced to 
accommodate social distancing. Only pre-packaged concession items for sale.
For movies currently showing 


Delivery and Pick-up
 Full Menu Available! 
To order: Call 847-688-7898 or Download our “Dine On The Go - Midlant” App by texting DOTGMA to 33733.
For menu and details: Click Here


Serving a full SPINZ menu

Come relax and grab a refreshment or bite to eat with your friends while social distancing!


Open to all eligible library users: active duty, dependents, DoD civilians and contractors, reservists and retirees. Click here for all the details. 
Our online catalog:

Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 8:30am-4:30pm 
Click here for the limited services and rentals that are available. Please review them thoroughly prior to arriving. (Updated Oct. 23)

(parks, beach, sports fields, playgrounds)

For a full listing of all the recreation and green spaces opening, click here

ZAPPERS 236, 616 & 621

621 Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 7:45am-2pm; Fri.: 7:45-11am

236 Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 7:45am-3pm (starting March 1, 2021)

616 Hours:  Mon.-Fri.: 7:45-11:30am

Click here for all the details. 

MWR will continue with our local virtual recreation programming and other Navy wide virtual programming via our Facebook page. To see what's going on, go to our Facebook page

Are you looking for something to do while stuck at home? Let us help you make your time at home more enjoyable and productive!

Child & Youth Programs (CYP) and
School Liaison Program (SLO)

CYP Operations are OPEN and at Level 2: 
Providing care for mission essential personnel

All CDC operations are consolidated into Building 2700 and School Age Care is in Bldg. 8190. Hours of Care: Mon-Fri: 6am-6pm


Non-medical counseling for youth now available by video, click here for more information. 

CYP-CYES Online Resources Elementary-Secondary

CYP-CYES Online Resources Secondary


Great Lakes School Liaison Program

Great Lakes Community School Updates

As of February 2021

Fleet & Family Service Center (FFSC)

Open Mon.-Fri. from 7:30am-4pm

For more information call 847-688-3603 x100


For assistance with an urgent situation, please use the following phone numbers: 
FFSC We Can Still Help PDF

MyNavy Family App Information Sheet

Family Advocacy Program (FAP): 847-688-3603

Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL): 847-688-3603

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR): 847-343-8132

Counseling; Tri-Care or Military One Source: 800-342-9647

Emergency Financial Assistance, contact the American Red Cross: 877-272-7337


For a full list of FFSC Resources: Click Here


Navy Exchange (NEX) & The Commissary

The Navy Exchange is OPEN

Currently providing modified services throughout the base.

NEX Complex Hours (Updated Feb., 26, 2021)

As of November 17, 2020
Burkey Mall Barber Shop is CLOSED Until Further Notice
Student Store (Bldg. 400) is Open to Active Duty Only 


The Commissary is OPEN

Effective 01DEC2020, the Great Lakes Commissary will be closed to the public between 1300-1500 on Tuesday and Thursdays until further notice.

As of 17NOV2020 the Commissary has begun limiting Patrons into the Commissary to 50 at a time and the Visitor and Guest policy has been temporarily suspended until further notice. Only those who have current Commissary privileges will be allowed in the Commissary.


Regular Hours of Operation

SPECIAL HOURS: For elderly (60+), pregnant, and disabled: Sun/Wed: 10-11am

Sun: 11am-6pm
Tues: 10am-1pm & 3pm-7pm
Wed: 11am-7pm
Thurs: 10am-1pm & 3pm-7pm
Fri: 10am-7pm
Sat: 8am-7pm

Extra precautions being taken at the Defense Commissary Agency

* Sneeze guards installed at all registers to protect customers and employees
* Patrons will assist in scanning their own ID's during check out
* Additional patrons added by installation command - First Responders/Emergency Personnel
* Continually sanitizing all surfaces customers touch (door handles/pin pads/etc)
* Face masks required for all employees/contractors/customers/etc
* 100% ID checks
* Sanitizing carts between each use available outside



The Galley is OPEN


Mon-Fri: 5-7am; 10:30am-12:45pm; 4:45-630pm & 11:30pm-1:30am
Sat, Sun & Holiday's: 6:30-8am; 9am-Noon & 4-5:30pm

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) / Family Housing

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites and Family Housing are OPEN


Navy Gateway Inn & Suites
24-Hour Operation - Front Desk: 847-688-6675
Note: We are currently not accepting leisure travel until further notice.


Family Housing
Housing Office closed to walk-in customers. Call: 847-688-3440
Only urgent/emergency maintenance service requests are being performed, all routine maintenance is suspended. 
Call: 847-689-4312.

Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Great Lakes is open with limited hours and by appointment only.

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Blood Drive

Did you know there are two ways to combat Covid? Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is now testing all qualified donations (whether through a donor center or at a mobile blood drive) for COVID19 antibodies as a public health service for blood donors. If you are positive for the antibodies, you will be notified and the plasma from your donation can be used to treat a patient battling COVID-19. 

Find a drive now at Zip Code: 60088