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March 2023 • Stay Informed, Stay Involved, Stay Connected •


25th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

It’s a Midwest tradition to jump into Lake Michigan during the cold, winter season. Are you brave enough to check this off your bucket list?! MWR will be hosting the 25th Annual Polar Bear Plunge event on Sat., March 4. 
Proudly Sponsored by: USAA, Kids Rank & USO - No Navy endorsement implied. 
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MWR & CYP Hiring Fair - Don’t Miss It!

Sat., March 18 from 8:30am-1:30pm at the CYP Youth Center located at 2007 Virginia Avenue, Great Lakes, IL. Great Navy Civilian Jobs with great benefits are waiting for you! For details on what to bring to the fair, available jobs and hiring incentives visit: (

Sports & Fitness - B2A, B4 & B440

Intramural events

Captain’s Cup Leprechaun Chase 5K:

  • Date: Tues., March 14.
  • Race Start: 4pm from B4, Courts Plus.
  • Cost: Free to all base personnel.
  • Team Registration: Commands must submit a 5 person roster by Mon., March 13 at B4, Courts Plus to compete in the Captain's Cup Run Series.
  • Individual Registration: Not required, just show up and run!

For the 2023 run season, MWR will be tracking each runner’s participation. At the end of the run season, prizes will be given to runners who participate in 2, 4, and 6 races. (while supplies last - first come first serve).

Navy Fitness: Command Fitness Leader Course

1000lb & 500lb Club

The 1000lb & 500lb Club is an exclusive weightlifting club for both male and female lifters. To become a “member” of the club, participants must complete one repetition of a squat, bench press and deadlift with a combined weight of 1000lb for males and 500lbs for females. Competitors will then be recognized on our Club Board at Gym 4 in the Warrior Zone. Reservation Required. Call 847-668-3994 or email (
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Group Fitness Schedule

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The Great Lakes Brew Club is Open

Located in Bldg. 140, we are open to all hands, 21+ on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 10pm. Stop by and explore our craft beverage menu and grab a bite to eat! Now serving made to order cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizzas from Spinz!

Buckley's Restaurant Opening Soon

With the warmer weather quickly approaching, it’s almost golf season here in the Midwest, and that means the reopening of Buckley’s at Veterans Memorial Golf Course! We’re coming back this season with a brand new menu featuring a few classics and lots of new items to try! Come in and grab a quick bite or nice cold beverage on break, for lunch, after work or after a round of golf. Watch social media for more details: 
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Great Lakes Library - B617

March is Women's History Month and the library will have prominent female authors and stories on display in both our lobby and the children's area for you to check out and learn more about women's history. Stop in and check one out today!

Blind Date with a Book

You can go on a "Blind Date with a Book" through March 14. Come to the library, select a wrapped up book (just the summary of the book visible) and try something new - a new genre or author you might not have heard of. You are not required to finish the book, but let us know what you thought by returning the survey when you return the book.

Storytime and Craft

Join us at the Great Lakes Library at 10:30am on every third Wed. of the month for a themed story time and a craft! All ages are welcome. Upcoming dates: March 15, April 19, and May 17.
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Liberty Program
Loft Recreation Center - B2A, 3rd Deck

The Liberty Program and Loft Recreation Center are only open to E1-E6 Active Duty personnel.

Fri., MAR-10: Mario Day!

MAR10 Day is the day to show off your MarioKart skills! Race RC cars throughout the loft and showdown on the Nintendo Switch. Great for competition and simple thrills, so race on up to the loft for a night of celebrating.

Fri., March 17: St Patrick's Day

Nothing says lucky like a FREE Lucky Leprechaun Shake! Come to the Loft on March 17th for yours!

Staff Challenge Sundays

Think you have what it takes? On any Sunday, pick an activity or video game and challenge any staff member. If you win, there's prizes! 

CSADD at the Loft

Mon., March 6: Nerf Gun War

Bunker down in the Great Room and fire away at the Nerf Gun War! 

Mon., March 13: Dungeons & Dragons

Looking for a group? CSADD is hosting a D&D night! Adventure your way across the lands telling stories, causing comedy and having a great time. This event promises a great place for those new and experienced. Enjoy the magic of tabletop RPG's in our great hall with a fire nearby and a stunning view.

Epicenter Entertainment Complex - B525

Movies coming in March

Knock at the Cabin  |  80 for Brady  |  Maybe I Do  |  Missing  |  Plane

Enjoy the latest blockbuster hits at great prices:
Military $4.50 | Civilian $5.50 | Child (6-11) $3
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Karaoke Night | Thursdays | 6-9:30pm

Friday Theme Nights | 7:30-11pm | Party Time DJ's

  • March 3 | Reggae Vibes
  • March 10 | Throwback Jams
  • March 17 | St. Patrick’s Day Open Request
  • March 24 | Latin Heat
  • March 31 | Country Showdown 

Tuna Melt Panini

Our Tuna Melt-In-Your-Mouth Panini features fresh tuna salad, tomato and Swiss cheese on Texas toast.  Try our new Tuna Melt Panini today, available for a limited time only!

Bowling Center

Wednesday Bowling Special

  • Wednesday's | $2 games

Cosmic Bowling

  • Friday's | 4:30-11:30pm and Saturday's | 3-11:30pm

Sunday Bowling Special

  • $15 per lane | per hour

Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

  • $2.50 per person

Legends Sports Club

Stop by Legends and enjoy air hockey, foosball, ping pong and baggo while you relax and enjoy your favorite beverage.

Tickets & Travel Office - B13

Disney & Universal Vacations

Did you know MWR can help book your next hotel stay at on-site resorts at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood AND Universal Orlando Resort at a military discount? Savings of up to 40% off! Give us a call at 847-688-5417 for further details on eligibility, availability, and hotel options.

FREE Chicago Wolves Hockey Tickets

Just 2 months left in the Chicago Wolves regular season. Don’t miss your chance to catch a FREE game by securing tickets at the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13). 
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American Forces Travel

Booking a last minute spring break trip or planning ahead to the summer? Head to for military discounts on airfare, rental cars, hotels, cruise lines, and local event tickets! (

Local Tickets

Is the Midwest weather too cold for you? MWR has you covered with some indoor fun! High speed go karting at K1 Speed, indoor skydiving at iFly, dinner & a show at Medieval Times, and MORE are available for purchase at the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13) by appointment. Please contact us at 847-688-5417 to book your appointment. For further information and other great discounted local attractions, check out our pricing guide: (

Community Recreation - B13

Winter Rental Gear

The cold never stopped us at Great Lakes. Stop in at the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13) for all your outdoor winter gear needs. We have ice fishing equipment, skates, snowshoes, cross country skis and more that are available for daily rentals. Call the Community Rec Office & Marina for further information, 847-688-5417.
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Port O' Call (B140) Room Rental

Looking for an affordable venue to host your next command function? Naval Station Great Lakes has the place for you! With beautiful views of Lake Michigan (included at no extra cost), Port’ O Call has four different rooms available to rent for any conference, ceremony or training you could possibly think of. With room for up to 300 guests in our Main Dining room, we may just have the room for you! Please email ( or call 224-723-8349 for more information.

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