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Featuring Comedy Legend Jim Gaffigan! Join us on Wed., May 8 at 7 pm for comedy legend Jim Gaffigan with opening act Ryan Hamilton. Show will be at Ross Theater, B110 and doors open at 6 pm. Click for event details.

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Free Sneak Preview: THE BLUE ANGELS

See the entire movie before it's released to the public! FREE and open to all hands. Your free tickets are available at the Spinz Pick-Up Window: Thurs., May 9, thru Sat., May 11, 4:30-9:30pm (while supplies last). Click for more details.

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Outdoor Movie Along the Lakefront

Summer outdoor movie season is FINALLY here! The first movie showing of the season will take place on Fri., May 31 at dusk at Pavilion 3 along the lakefront. Watch for details on social media!

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Tickets

Starting Sat., May 25, in addition to one day admission tickets to Six Flags, you can also purchase one day admission tickets to Hurricane Harbor Water Park for just $32.75. Call us at 847-688-5417 to book your ticket appointment today to purchase.

Ticket Page  
Chicago Bears Tickets

Football season is just around the corner. MWR will have 30 tickets to each home game this season, available for sale beginning at the end of June. Watch our social media for information and eligibility!

Set Sail on a Hornblower Cruise

Take in the Chicago sights on Lake Michigan by boat! MWR has discounted tickets for a variety of Hornblower Cruises: architectural, dining, Seadog, and fireworks! Check out the ticket pricing guide and call us at 847-688-5417 to book your ticket appointment today.

Ticket Page  
American Forces Travel

Military discounts await you for all your travel needs: airfare, rental cars, cruises, hotels and even local event tickets! Simply enter in the last four digits of your social security number, your last name, and your birthday to verify your eligibility, and you’ll be on your way to planning your next vacation!

AFT Website  
The Salmon Are In!

Salmon season is here and running up a storm! Don’t miss your opportunity to catch a mighty big trophy fish this summer. We have fishing pole rentals, live bait, and tackle available for purchase at our Ship Store. Click to see what we have available!

Ships Store  
Summer Sailing Courses Coming Soon

Our summer sailing classes are very popular! We have Junior Sailing Camp, Basic Sailing, and Keelboat Sailing. Don't miss your chance to take one of these 4 day courses this summer. E-mail us at to be placed on our distribution list once the dates are set for this season!

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The Boat Ramp Is Now Open

On Wed., May 1, the boat ramp is officially open for customer use for the season! There are daily and annual fees options available for purchase at the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13) during our hours of operation.

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Paddle Rentals Starting in May

Starting Fri., May 24, the Community Rec Office & Marina will have kayaks (single & tandem), fishing kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards available for hourly rental, Fri.-Mon. from 9am-4pm, weather dependent. Get out and recreate!

Rental Brochure  
Try Tent Camping on The Lakefront

MWR has ten individual camping sites and one group camping site available along Lake Michigan available for rent starting as low as $15 a night! Call the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13) to reserve your spot today.

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Veterans Memorial Golf Course

Spring has sprung! Our Golf Team is diligently working to get everything ready for this season, and we’re looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming everyone soon! Please watch our Golf Facebook page (link below) for updates and details on opening day, season specials, and more!

Golf Facebook  
Do A Workout for a Fallen Hero

Throughout the month of May, all MWR Sports & Fitness Facilities (B2A, B4, B440) and Navy Gold Star are honoring our Military Fallen Heroes by asking our Great Lakes' community to stop in at any of our MWR Fitness Facilities to dedicate a workout to a Fallen Hero. Click for more details!

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Register for the Captain's Cup Softball League

League begins the week of May 13. Games will be played Mon.-Thurs. at the base turf fields. Team Registration is due Mon., May 6, at Courts Plus, B4. Click for all the details!

Proudly Sponsored By:
Aldridge Group

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NSGL Fitness Combine

The NSGL Fitness Combine is an obstacle course race that challenges your speed, strength, and stamina. Show us what you got on Thurs., May 23 from 3-6 pm at the Multipurpose Field. Open to all eligible patrons, the registration deadline is Wed., May 22 at the Fitness Center, B2A. Click for full details.

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Fitness 5K Race / 2 Mile Walk

Join us on Wed., May 15 at 4:30pm. The race is free and open to all base personnel and begins at Courts Plus, B4. Click below for all the race details!

Proudly Sponsored By:
Aldridge Group

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Donut Dash 5K Race / 2 Mile Walk

Join us on Fri., June 7 at 10:30am. The race is free and open to all base personnel and begins at Courts Plus, B4. Team roster information: Deadline is Thurs., June 6. Click for all the race details.

Proudly Sponsored By
Aldridge Group

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Command Fitness Leadership (CFL) Course

Next class is Mon., June 24 through Fri., June 28. The registration deadline is Fri., June 7. This course is open to all active duty personnel. Click for full details on how to register.

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Captain's Cup Race Incentive Program

Participate in the race incentive program and win prizes! Open to all authorized MWR Sports and Fitness program customers of all ages. Click for all the details.

Proudly Sponsored By:
Aldridge Group

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Bike Rentals at The Fieldhouse, B440

Rent a mountain bike from the Fieldhouse B440! Daily Rental: $12, Weekend Rental: $20 per bike. First come first serve. Card/Apple pay accepted. Pick-up and drop-off bikes at B440 during regular hours of operation.

Indoor Pool Hours Added

Tues., Wed., and Thurs.: 10:30am-1pm and 4-7pm (Lap Swim Only). Sat.: 10am-4pm (Open Swim and Lap Swim). *Hours are subject to change! please call 847-688-3419 to check hours daily*

Aquatics Webpage  
Library Story Time & Craft

Wed., May 8 and 22 starting at 11am at the Great Lakes Library, B617. Join the Library for story time and crafts galore! Registration is not required. All ages are welcome.

Open Mic - Poetry Contest Winner

Sun., May 12 from 5-7pm at the Loft, B2A (third deck) Join us for an Open Mic night of poetry readings! All are welcome to join in and recite a poem. The winner of our poetry contest will be announced during the evening!

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Liberty Program May Events

The Liberty Program events are for enlisted E-1 to -E6 Active Duty personnel. It is based out of the Loft Recreation Center, B2A (third deck). Click to see this month events, activities, and competitions! This month’s trips include the Lake County Food Truck Fest and the Patriot Fest in Aurora!

Liberty May Events  
May Events at the Epicenter

Don't miss out on movies, karaoke, live DJ nights, the Chill Hour, cosmic bowling, mini golf, the outdoor patio, and new food and drink specials at the Epicenter, B525! Click for details.

Epicenter May Events  
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