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Community Recreation

Holiday Extravaganza

Kick off the holiday season with your favorite MWR team at the Epicenter on Fri., Dec. 2 from 3:30-6:30pm. Discounted bowling, family dinner specials, photos with Santa, crafts, hot cocoa & cookies, bonfires, and more! FREE trees will be distributed throughout the evening to all MWR eligible patrons, while supplies last. Check the flier for staggered distribution details, and a full line-up of family holiday fun!
Proudly Sponsored By: USAA, Kids Rank, Armed Forces Bank and Blue Star Families.
No Navy endorsement implied.
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Great Lakes Brew Club, B140

With the snow and cold making its way to Great Lakes, the Brew Club is stocking all your winter favorites! Loading up on darker, heavier beers to help keep that cold breeze away. The Brew Club is open to all hands, (ages 21+) on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 4:30-9 pm. 

Brew Club Holiday Party

Thurs., Dec. 8 | 4:30-9pm

Join us for some holiday fun at the Great Lakes Brew Club. All Hands 21+ are invited for music, darts, cornhole and prize drawings for t-shirts, hats, and a 24 can drop cooler! Come dressed in your favorite festive hat, ugly sweater or comfiest PJ’s, and spread some holiday cheer! Details: (

Tickets & Travel Office - B13

Mass Exodus Shuttle Tickets

Skip the ride share and taxi services and save BIG with MWR! Sailors journeying to the airports Fri., Dec. 16 can purchase a seat on one of our charter buses to one of the three major airports in the area: Milwaukee, Midway or O’Hare. Tickets are just $27.
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Chicago Bears Tickets

The Minnesota Vikings have dominated the NFC North this season. Don’t miss your chance to catch them in action at Soldier Field on Sun., Jan. 8. We have just two tickets left for sale at $152 each.
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Chicago Wolves Hockey FREE Tickets

Hockey season is in full swing! Stop by the Community Rec Office & Marina (Bldg. 13) to secure FREE tickets to any regular season home game. Details: (

American Forces Travel

Heading home for the holidays? Looking for that perfect gift for a loved one? Book all your travel and entertainment needs at (, such as airfare, hotels, rental cars, local ticket options, and MORE!

Local Tickets 

Looking for something to do over the winter break? Family coming in to town? Stop by the MWR Community Rec. Office & Marina (B13) to purchase tickets to some of our popular local attractions. Check out a full listing of our offerings here: ( Call us if you don't see what you're looking for at 847-688-5417.

Great Lakes Library - B617

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. Winter story time dates: Jan. 18 - Feb. 15 - Mar. 15

Liberty Program
Loft Recreation Center - B2A, 3rd Deck

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

“Deck the Halls”

During the first week of December help decorate The Loft to spread holiday cheer!

Glow-in-the-Dark Ping Pong & Pool Competition

Head over to The Loft on Dec. 9 at 7pm to compete for a chance to reign supreme at our glow-in-the-dark ping pong and pool competitions. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Holiday Gift Grab - Sun., Dec. 25

Stop by The Epicenter from 4-8pm for Liberty’s “Holiday Gift Grab” on Christmas Day to open free presents (while supplies last)!

During Stand-Down (Dec. 15-Jan. 3)

The Loft will be closed during stand-down so join Liberty at the Epicenter for fun activities, games, competitions, crafts, and more! Watch social media for details! 
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Room Rentals
Buckley's & Port O' Call

Buckley’s, B8400

While we may be closed for the golf season, football season is in its stride. With seating for up to 100 guests, Buckley’s is stocked and ready to host your next football watch party, command function or get together. Located off base down Buckley Road, CAC access is not required making it the perfect venue for family functions. Contact us today at 224-723-8349 or email (

Port O’ Call, B140

With the holidays just around the corner, the perfect room for your office celebration could be right in front of your eyes! Port O’ Call has four different rooms to choose from that can accommodate your intimate office gathering or your large office party. Rooms hold anywhere from 10-300 people. Call us to make a reservation today at 224-723-8349 or email (

Sports & Fitness - B2A, B4 & B440

12 Days of Fitmas

Dec. 25, 2022 through Jan. 5, 2023

Have what it takes to complete the 12 days of Fitness challenge? Grab your friends and family and join the challenge! Inspired by the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas”, MWR Fitness has put together a fun fitness challenge for you over the holiday break. Follow us each day beginning Dec. 25 on our MWR Facebook page ( as our MWR Trainers introduce a fitness challenge of the day.

Captains Cup Basketball Season

  • Season Begins: Week of Jan 16.
  • Registration Deadline: Mon., Jan. 9 (submit team roster to Gym 440).
  • League Meeting: Tues., Jan. 10 at 4pm in Bldg. 440.
  • Roster Size: Five players per team. All teams must be comprised of a work team, a schoolhouse team, a barracks, or a command team.
  • Game Times: Mon. through Wed. evenings at 5pm/6pm/7pm in Bldg. 440.
  • Questions or for more information, call 847-688-7769.

This is a free league to all base personal. This league counts towards the overall Captain's Cup events for 2023. Depending on the total number of teams upon final registration will determine the number of games and the number of game dates. 

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

Group Fitness Schedule

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MWR-Led Command PT

Our MWR Fitness Instructors offer a variety of Group Fitness Sessions to assist your Command in meeting your mission and fitness goals. Schedule a session with your MWR Trainers today! Submit your PT request forms to

Epicenter Entertainment Complex - B525

Movie Theater

Movies Showing in December: 

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  |  The Menu  |  Till  |  Armageddon Time

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 | 8-11:30pm | Party Time DJ's

  • Dec. 2 | Latin Vibes
  • Dec. 9 | DJ's Choice

Spinz Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Full of flavor and just messy enough to be fun, this juicy chicken breast is doused with Buffalo sauce, drizzled with Ranch, and topped with lettuce, tomato and onion. Your choice of crispy or grilled. Try our new Buffalo Chicken Sandwich today, available for a limited time only!

Legends Sports Club

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

Bowling Center

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

Marina & Outdoor Rental Center - B13

The Marina is open year-round. Even during the cold winter months, we have rental options to keep you active. Check out all we have to offer including ice skates, ice fishing gear, snowshoes, hockey, and broomball equipment.  We can also winterize and shrink-wrap your boat, so it’s ready to go for next season. Stop down or call us today at 847-688-5417.

MWR Storage Lots

MWR Storage Lots offer a convenient and safe location to store recreational vehicles, boats, trailers and more (up to 50ft). Contact the Marina today at 847-688-5417 to secure your spot! Details: (

MWR Holiday Hours of Operation for
December 15, 2022 - January 3, 2023


Looking For a Full-time or Part-time Job?

We are hiring! Flexible and full-time positions are available now in all of our operations including the Marina Lakefront Programs, Golf, Food and Beverage Facilities, Sports and Fitness, Aquatics, Recreation and Event Programming, Library, and more! Jobs will post frequently, so please be sure to review our page often for the most up to date opportunities!
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